Located on England’s south coast, Portsmouth is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with some of the UK’s best weather. Most university buildings are in the heart of our compact city. Everything you need is close by, including: four miles of beautiful beach, excellent nightlife and entertainment, and the historic castle and dockyard. Portsmouth is one of the UK’s most affordable cities for students (NatWest Student Living Survey 2019) and offers laid-back coastal lifestyle. But the bright lights of London are just 90 minutes away, and ferries cross regularly to France and Spain.
We believe in your potential – and we want to help you thrive in the world. We welcome 4,000 international and EU students from around 150 countries. Because we are always looking to the future. And we know that the future is global.
We have been ranked the 21st university in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2020). We have a five star rating for teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities and innovation (QS Top University Guide 2018). In 2017, The Economist found Portsmouth to be number one in the UK for boosting graduate salaries. And DLHE 2017 found that 97.5% of Portsmouth graduates were in work or further study within 6 months.
With courses designed to meet the challenges of the competitive global jobs market, you’ll be well prepared for a successful life after graduation. Choose from hundreds of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees spanning business, creativity and culture, humanities, science and technology. We focus on making you more employable, so you could enjoy paid work placements, practice your skills in simulated environments like our mock courtroom or volunteer within the local community.
Employability & Career Services
The highly regarded Careers and Employability Service offers expert, tailored advice to help you get on the career ladder. From CV building and writing effective applications, to exploring specific job areas and regular employer presentations, students can receive support on graduate-level roles and part-time work whilst studying.
Research and Innovation
Our research is rooted in the real world, too.In the most recent research assessment exercise (2014), 78% of Portsmouth’s research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. Recent breakthroughs include the discovery of a new enzyme that could make single-use plastic recyclable, the development of new lightweight components for vehicle parts made from more sustainable materials, and the use of virtual reality to help prevent burglary and rehabilitate offenders. Many researchers are actively involved in teaching.
Our dedicated Graduate School will help you make the big jump to research and bring out the best in yourself – from a welcoming two-day induction, to a comprehensive programme of workshops and training that helps you develop excellent research skills.
We achieved the highest possible rating – Gold – in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). TEF is judged by an independent panel of academics, students and employers. They said we deliver ‘consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for [our] students.’ And that each is ‘of the highest quality found in the UK.’
Facilities and Services
Portsmouth is proud of its campus and has committed £400m to the next phase of its development, including the opening of a new £53 million sports facility in 2021. Significant investments already made mean you can look forward to excellent modern facilities. From the refurbished University Library to computer suites with specialised equipment, you’ll have access to the tools you need to make your studies a success.
The University also offers a wide range of confidential services providing help and guidance – from housing, financial and wellbeing support, to the friendly Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
The Students’ Union offers a wealth of opportunities for you to get involved in, try new things, and access support and advice as you need it. There is a huge range of student-led groups, covering physical activities, culture, politics, faith, fun and much more. Take the stage, play in an orchestra or even present a TV programme in Victory Studios. Whatever your interests, you will find like-minded students to share them with.