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Applying Postgraduate

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We offer a diverse range of more than 130 Master’s courses and postgraduate research degrees delivered by our academic departments and schools, which each has its own research and professional specialisms.

Our research is thriving and postgraduate research students, supported by a dedicated Graduate School, are an integral part of our community. Many of our taught courses are accredited by professional bodies and provide status recognised by employers searching for highly qualified personnel. Most courses are available both full and part time to provide flexible options in line with the demands of busy lifestyles.

Applications are welcomed from everyone able to benefit from higher education. No potential student will be excluded on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, marital status, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or creed. The University encourages applications from candidates with disabilities, mature students, and students from overseas, in accordance with our admissions Code of Practice.

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book Master's courses

Before you apply: MA, MSc, PGCE

We offer over 130 taught Master’s courses and most Portsmouth-based courses are available both full and part time. Some programmes are delivered fully online, ideal for working professionals, and others are delivered by our international partner institutions. Begin by selecting the subject you wish to study and then look at the postgraduate courses in that area. You can also order a prospectus and contact us if you’d like to speak to a tutor for your chosen course.

Entry requirements

Look carefully at the entry requirements on the page of the course that you are interested in studying, to find out whether you are eligible to apply. Specific requirements will also be listed, for example, where your undergraduate studies need to have been in a particular discipline.

General requirements

For Master's courses, the normal entry requirement is an honours degree from a UK university. Applicants without this qualification may offer equivalent qualifications, experience in a relevant area or a combination of both. In such cases, each application will be treated on its merits and we may seek additional evidence from academic referees.

Need further guidance on entry requirements for Master's courses?
Email: postgraduate@port.ac.uk

We can put you in touch with the relevant school or department for an initial discussion about your application.

Language requirements

All students must have sufficient command of the English language to complete and defend their dissertation in English. If English is not your first language, we will require recent evidence of English language ability to IELTS level 6.5 or TOEFL 590 standard (or equivalent) across all of our postgraduate courses. Pre-study courses in English for academic purposes are available for candidates seeking to meet this requirement.

Postgraduate Open Days

We run two Postgraduate Information Days every year. These events are your chance to find out about the University and our postgraduate opportunities. You can meet with subject specialists and faculty teams who’ll provide guidance on our range of postgraduate opportunities. You’ll also be able to talk to current postgraduate students, as well as staff from Careers and Recruitment, Student Finance, the International Office and the Graduate School.

Bookings open in January 2015. Visit the open day page for more details on both generic and subject specific events.

How to apply

Master’s courses online application

Please use the University of Portsmouth online application form for taught Master’s courses. Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.

The first step on our online application form is creating your own account. Once you have an account you can save your application details at any point and send it when it has been completed.

We recommend applying online for our taught Master’s courses; however, if you would prefer to submit a hard copy application, please download the following documents and return the application using the contact details at the end of the form:

DescriptionFile Size
Application Form PDF 129KB
Guidance notes PDF 119KB
Reference Request PDF 55KB

For international students, the formal offer of a place will be made by Academic Registry (Admissions), which will allow you to obtain a visa for entry to the United Kingdom.

Professional Graduate and Postgraduate Certificate in Education – Secondary (PGCE)

Please apply as soon as possible, after the 1 September in the year preceding that in which you hope to begin, through UCAS Teacher Training, via the web site www.ucas.com. For more information:

UCAS Teacher Training
New Barn Lane
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL52 3LZ
Tel: 0871 4680469

Partnership Programme and Occupational Health and Safety Courses

These programmes are managed by our Learning at Work Department. Please visit the dedicated department page for further information on how to apply for these courses.

MSc Social work

If you wish to apply for the MSc Social Work course, please apply online at www.ucas.com

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Before you apply: PhD, MPhil, MD and Integrated Doctorate degrees

As a research student, you will be based within a school or department in the University and be a member of our Graduate School. Where a research project is multidisciplinary, supervision will be by members of staff from different areas.

Explore our research degree areas if you are unsure which department you wish to apply to, fill in a research degree enquiry form or contact one of our faculties who’ll be able to connect you with the right person to answer your questions. Once you have identified the department and supervisor you would like to study with, you will normally need to produce a proposal identifying the research problem to be studied. If you are not sure of your research topic you are encouraged to use the research degrees enquiry form to be put in touch with an appropriate member of staff who can guide you.

How to apply: PhD, MPhil, MD and Integrated Doctorate degrees

You will need to complete a, personal statement, the online application form and, depending on the department you are applying to, a research proposal. Contact the relevant faculty research degrees admissions centre for more advice on whether this is needed.

Research proposal

If you do need to produce a research proposal it should be between 1,500-4,000 words depending on the advice provided by your Faculty Admissions Centre and should clearly identify the research problem to be studied and the aims (general and specific) of the intended research. Typical questions you should seek to address in your proposal include:

The research problem to be studied
  • What is the nature of the problem?
  • Why is it problematic?
  • What is its significance?
  • To whom is it significant, and why?
  • Why is it appropriate to study this topic at this time?
  • What academic research has been undertaken in this area so far?
  • Which authors and which models have been most influential in this area, and why?
  • How will the intended research build upon this academic work?
Definition of research aims
  • What are the general and specific aims of the intended research?
  • How will these aims contribute to understanding?
Research methodology
  • What methodologies have you considered?
  • What authors have influenced your consideration of methodologies, and in what ways?
  • What would be the most useful methodology to adopt for this investigation and what kinds of data will it yield?
  • What kinds of hypotheses will you establish?
  • How would you expect to test these hypotheses?
Access to data
  • How will you gain access to any data relevant to your study?
  • Will such access be conditional upon paying a fee? If so, how much?
Ethics
  • Have you considered the ethical issues arising from your proposed research?
  • If so, how do you propose to address them?

Any proposal you produce will be important as it helps you to clarify your ideas, helps us to assess the viability of your proposed research and our ability to supervise your work.

Personal statement

All students should provide a personal statement within their application. The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us more about yourself and your suitability for the research degrees programme. You should demonstrate your enthusiasm for your topic of research and the skills you have gained from your academic studies and other life/work experience. We suggest you include the following:

  • Your reasons for choosing your topic of research
  • The aspects of your topic of research that interest you most
  • Any skills and abilities gained from work experience, placement or voluntary work, particularly if it is relevant to your subject
  • How your choice of research fits in with your future career plans
  • Why you would like to study in the UK (for EU/International students)
  • If you have taken, or are planning to take, a year out - please give your reasons
  • If you are not currently in full-time education, please provide details of your current or previous employment

Personal statement form pdf 324kb

This form gives some useful advice for those who wish to complete a personal statement form

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After you apply

When we’ve received your application, the appropriate Faculty Admissions Centre and the Faculty Research Degrees Coordinator will consider your application. They will make an ‘in principle’ assessment regarding the viability of the intended research and of the available expertise to supervise you in your chosen area. This process will usually takes up to four weeks.

You will be invited for interview if your application is successful. We will write to inform you of the reasons should your application be unsuccessful. A PhD is a high-level academic qualification. Give your application the best chance of success, by ensuring that it demonstrates a thorough knowledge of current thinking and published research in your chosen field.

In most cases, interviews are face-to-face (although we may interview overseas candidates by telephone), and this gives you a chance to discuss your application with your supervisor in a little more depth, meet current research students, clarify any specific research training or equipment you may need and to resolve any queries about the nature of postgraduate research study.

Providing that the interview is satisfactory and the necessary references have been received, your proposed research programme is submitted to the Research Degrees Committee of the University. Once approved our Academic Registry or relevant Faculty will write to you to offer you a place on a research degree programme at the University of Portsmouth.

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briefcase Professional Doctorates

Professional Doctorates are designed for professionals, who have an active interest in work-based research and professional practice issues, wish to attain the highest level of professional and academic achievement and develop their career.

Programmes are offered in the following three broad subject areas:

  • Business Studies - leading to a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)
  • Criminal Justice Studies - which includes the following pathways:
  • Health and Social Care - which includes the following pathways:
    • Biomedical Science - leading to a Doctorate in Biomedical Science (DBMS)
    • Chiropractic - leading to a Doctorate in Chiropractic (DChiro)
    • Health Science - leading to a Doctorate in Heath Science (DHealthSci)
    • Medical Imaging - leading to a Doctorate in Medical Imaging (DMedImg)
    • Nursing - leading to a Doctorate in Nursing (DNursing)
    • Pharmacy - leading to a Doctorate in Pharmacy (DPharm)
    • Social Work - leading to a Doctorate in Social Work (DSW)

Entry requirements Professional Doctorates

You will be eligible for entry to the Stage 1 Professional Doctorate programme if: you hold a good first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant discipline or qualifications or appropriate professional training and experience that we can accept as equivalent to a good honours degree.

If you hold a Masters degree in a relevant discipline, or qualifications or appropriate professional training and experience that we can accept as equivalent to a Masters degree, you will be able enter Stage 2 of the Professional Doctorate programme.

Language requirements

All students must have sufficient command of the English language to complete and defend their theses in English. For students for whom English is not their first language, the University of Portsmouth requires recent evidence of English language ability to IELTS level 7 or TOEFL 600 standard (or equivalent) across all of our research degrees programmes. Pre-study courses in English for academic purposes are available for candidates seeking to meet this requirement.

How to apply: Professional Doctorates

For more information about how to apply, please follow the links above to the specific programmes.

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magnifying glass MRes Science

Our MRes course will provide you with an opportunity to focus your research interests on one or two areas of science whilst also developing your ability to translate your learning into research-related outputs e.g.:

  • submission for a peer reviewed publication
  • peer reviewed research grant application
  • presentations

The MRes also provides a thorough grounding should you consider moving towards doctoral studies, or wish to pursue research related activities as a career. You will have the option to conduct either single large project or two smaller research projects. The course is run in conjunction with the Faculty of Science and the University Graduate School.

Entry requirements: MRes Science

We usually require you to have a 2:1 or first class honours degree (BSc) in a relevant subject.

Language requirements

University Portsmouth requires recent evidence of English language ability at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all individual components, or equivalent. Pre-study courses in English for academic purposes are available for candidates seeking to meet this requirement.

How to Apply: MRes Science

For more details on how to apply contact our Science Faculty.

E: sci-pgrad@port.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)23 9284 5550
Postgraduate Research Admissions
Science Faculty Office
St. Michael's Building
White Swan Road
Portsmouth
PO1 2DT

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