University of Portsmouth

Postgraduate Study

  • Offering a rich variety of study opportunities, most of our programmes offer both full and part-time options to provide flexible delivery to meet the demands of busy lifestyles.
  • Many of our programmes are recognised by professional bodies and provide access to employers searching for highly qualified personnel.

Highlights include:

  • Joining a postgraduate community of over 3,000 UK, EU and international students.
  • The prestigious University Library, including a dedicated postgraduate study area, to facilitate your studies and research.
  • The Graduate School – a first port of call for all postgraduate research students and supervisors.
  • Dedicated in-house careers and recruitment teams ready to advise you on career planning, as well as offer guidance online.
  • Partnerships with local, national and international organisations.

What do Postgraduate Students Study?

The 3,310 postgraduate students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Mode of study

  • Full Time 47%
  • Part Time 53%


  • UK 69%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 26%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Business & administrative studies 60 929 989
Social studies 165 308 473
Engineering & technology 42 371 413
Biological sciences 94 124 218
Languages 20 188 208
Architecture, building & planning 9 191 200
Education 7 193 200
Physical sciences 50 125 175
Computer science 54 60 114
Subjects allied to medicine 83 28 111
Law 6 74 80
Mathematical sciences 12 60 72
Creative arts & design 8 18 26
Historical & philosophical studies 6 9 15
Mass communications & documentation 6 8 14
Medicine & dentistry 1 0 1

Subject Areas

Subject areas for postgraduate study 2016–17:

  • Accounting and Financial Management, Business and Management, Economics and Finance, Human Resource Management, Law, Marketing and Sales Management.
  • Architecture, Art and Design, Creative Technologies, Media and Performing Arts.
  • Civil Engineering and Surveying, Computing, Engineering, Mathematics.
  • Biological Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geography, Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science.
  • Criminal Justice Studies, Education and Continuing Studies, Languages and Area Studies, Social, Historical and Literary Studies.

We offer MRes degrees as well as Master’s and other flexible postgraduate qualifications.

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Postgraduate Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £4,700
Mixed £5,200
Laboratory £6,400
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Facilities and Support for Postgraduate Students

  • At Portsmouth we value the importance of the full postgraduate student experience. We enhance your experience by assisting with your arrival and, where appropriate, providing help with housing and funding.
  • We support you with IT help and study skills, and provide a variety of advisory services including careers, chaplaincy, disability advice and our student wellbeing service.
  • The University Library has a dedicated Postgraduate Suite, which offers individual silent study areas and social learning space exclusively for postgraduate students.
  • We boast extensive partnerships with local, national and international organisations. Many of our courses are accredited or validated by professional organisations and many offer an accelerated route to qualifying for a profession or obtaining chartered status.
  • Our dedicated Graduate School is the first port of call for information for all postgraduate research students and supervisors. We provide professional training and high-quality supervision to give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and to equip you for your future career or further research.

Further information is available on our website:

  • Postgraduate study at Portsmouth
  • Postgraduate research opportunities
  • Fees and funding
  • Accommodation
  • Application
  • Support services