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General Admissions Criteria

Students are normally over 18 years of age to enter Higher Education in the UK, however applicants that will be under the age of 18 at the start of the course must provide consent to join the University from a parent or legal guardian. If we give you an offer of a place we will contact you for this information. Please note that international students cannot apply for part-time courses unless you are the dependant of a current full-time student, studying in the UK, the dependant of someone who has a current UK work permit or the dependant of a UK citizen. Please note: some of our courses are only offered to practising UK professionals and, where this is the case, it will be indicated on the course page.

Applications are welcome from students with advanced standing for direct entry to our programmes. Students should forward copies of their transcripts (in English) with their application forms, so that an assessment can be made with regard to recognition of previous study. For further advice, please contact the International Office: international.office@port.ac.uk

English language requirements

Your level of English must be sufficient for you to study your chosen course, contribute to classes and pass assignments and examinations. As a general guide, we require IELTS 5.5 for foundation, 6.0 for undergraduate and 6.0 to 7.0 for postgraduate entry. Specific scores required depend on the course you choose. Please see English language requirements for study at Portsmouth for more information.

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Admissions Criteria For Undergraduate Study

Specific entry requirements are detailed on each course page. As a guide, for degree level study, you will need to have the equivalent of:

  • 2 or 3 good 'A' Levels (GCE Advanced Level)
  • or a recognised Access/Foundation course
  • or an International Baccalaureate (minimum score 24)
  • or an EDEXCEL (BTEC) National Certificate or Diploma (Merit profile)
  • or High School Leaving Certificate, if it is deemed equivalent to 'A' Level Standard
  • Some courses have higher entry requirements, especially where they are recognised by professional bodies.

Applying

If you are applying to more than one university in the UK, we advise undergraduate applicants to apply via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The UCAS website contains advice and step-by-step guidance through their online application process, giving clear details on either applying to just one choice or to more than one university or college.

If you are applying to the University of Portsmouth ONLY, you can apply directly to the University using our online application form.

Alternatively, many students planning to study abroad consult an ‘education agent’ – sometimes referred to as an education advisor, counsellor or representative. Representatives receive a fee from institutions for each student they assist and who successfully enrols on their course.

The University of Portsmouth, like many UK institutions, works with a carefully selected group of high-calibre representatives who provide a vital link between us and all our prospective students around the world.

They can help you plan your studies, apply for a course, book accommodation, travel and more. Contact details for all of our agents can be found in the your country section.

Documents required

  • Completed application form
  • Personal Statement / Statement of Purpose
  • Proof of high school/college qualification and grades (officially certified and translated copies)
  • Proof of English language level (e.g. IELTS Certificate)
  • One academic reference on official headed paper

International Alumni Referral Awards

We know that the best promotion is 'word of mouth'. We also know that if students have a good experience at Portsmouth, they will tell their friends, family and colleagues - and sometimes, as a result, one of those people decides to come and study at the University of Portsmouth. We want to formally recognise this assistance in recommending that person to the University of Portsmouth.

The International Alumni Referral Award (IARA) scheme is for current and former University of Portsmouth students who refer an applicant to study here. We reward the current/former student with £400 if their application results in a registration.

How does the scheme work?

Please use the following form:

Please download and complete the International Alumni Referral Award Form above. You must ensure that the International Alumni Referral Award Form is attached to the on-line application when it is submitted. When you are submitting the online application, please select IARA from the agent drop-down menu and attach a copy of the completed IARA Form with the 'Supported Documents Area'.

Please note: we cannot link the application to you after we have received the application and it has been input into the University's Admissions System.

Advice on personal statements

The personal statement is crucial in enabling admissions tutors to make a decision regarding your application. It is your opportunity to tell us more about yourself and your suitability for the course. You should demonstrate your enthusiasm for the course and the skills you have gained from activities outside the classroom. We suggest you include the following:

  • Your reasons for choosing the course
  • The aspects of your chosen course that interest you most
  • Any work experience, placement or voluntary work you have undertaken, particularly if it is relevant to your subject. Include the skills and abilities you have gained from these activities
  • How your choice of course fits in with your future career plans
  • Why you would like to study in the UK
  • Details of any non-examination activities you have undertaken in preparation for higher education
  • Your social, sports and leisure interests
  • If you have taken, or are planning to take, a year out - please give your reasons why
  • If you are not currently in full-time education, please give details of your current or previous employment
  • Please also include evidence to demonstrate that you can successfully complete a higher education course that is taught in English.

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Admissions Criteria For Postgraduate Study

As a guide, for masters level applications, you will need to have a good Degree pass in a relevant discipline or equivalent, or have had relevant work experience in the appropriate field. Every application is considered individually and many factors such as maturity, motivation and work experience are considered in support of your application.

It is not always easy to match the qualifications from other countries with the UK qualifications. For more information on equivalencies of qualifications, applicants are advised to refer to the British Council handbook or their local office.

Applying

You can apply for postgraduate courses using the online application form.

Alternatively, many students planning to study abroad consult an ‘education agent’ – sometimes referred to as an education advisor, counsellor or representative. Representatives receive a fee from institutions for each student they assist and who successfully enrols on their course.

The University of Portsmouth, like many UK institutions, works with a carefully selected group of high-calibre representatives who provide a vital link between us and all our prospective students around the world.

They can help you plan your studies, apply for a course, book accommodation, travel and more. Contact details for all of our agents can be found in the your country section.

Documents required for application

  • Completed application form
  • Personal Statement / Statement of Purpose
  • Proof of degree and grades (officially certified and translated copies)
  • Proof of English language level (e.g. IELTS Certificate)
  • Two references on official headed paper, one of which should be an academic reference

Alumni Scholarship

An Alumni Scholarship of 20 per cent is available for postgraduate study for all self funded students who have: previously gained a qualification at undergraduate level at the University of Portsmouth or have been registered on a University of Portsmouth course at a partner institution and gained a University of Portsmouth undergraduate qualification. In order to qualify, both you and the course you wish to take must be eligible. For more information click here.

Applications for PGCE and Social Work

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
If you wish to apply for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course, please apply online at www.gttr.ac.uk.
Social Work
If you wish to apply for MSc Social Work, please apply online at www.ucas.com

International Alumni Referral Awards

We know that the best promotion is 'word of mouth'. We also know that if students have a good experience at Portsmouth, they will tell their friends, family and colleagues - and sometimes, as a result, one of those people decides to come and study at the University of Portsmouth. We want to formally recognise this assistance in recommending that person to the University of Portsmouth.

The International Alumni Referral Award (IARA) scheme is for current and former University of Portsmouth students who refer an applicant to study here. We reward the current/former student with £400 if their application results in a registration.

How does the scheme work?

Please use the following form:

Please download and complete the International Alumni Referral Award Form above. You must ensure that the International Alumni Referral Award Form is attached to the on-line application when it is submitted. When you are submitting the online application, please select IARA from the agent drop-down menu and attach a copy of the completed IARA Form with the 'Supported Documents Area'.

Please note: we cannot link the application to you after we have received the application and it has been input into the University's Admissions System.

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You can find specific information on how to apply at the Post Graduate How to Apply webpages.

For International students, the formal offer of a place will be sent by Academic Registry (Admissions), which will allow you to obtain a visa for entry to the United Kingdom. If you are using the hardcopy forms, please remember to send them to the address at the end of the form.

International office

Our International Office is here to help you find all the information you need to support you through the application process. They also provide advice and support when you arrive at the University of Portsmouth and throughout your studies. An Orientation Programme is arranged for all new International/EU students on arrival, which assists you through the registration process and helps you find your way around the University and the City. You will also get the opportunity to meet academic and support staff and your fellow students before term commences.

Deposits

A £2000 deposit is required. Successful applicants pay this deposit only when they have received an offer from us. Once the academic conditions and the financial conditions have been fulfilled and the deposit payment has cleared, the Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (the final documentation) will be sent out. The deposit will be treated as a first instalment of tuition fees.

Scholarships

The University operates a number of Scholarship and Bursary Schemes for International (non-EU) research students. In addition, individual Faculties may be offering additional financial support for students undertaking specific research. For more information visit the Graduate School pages.

English Language Requirements

Your level of English will need to be at a high enough standard for you to conduct your research and contribute to your programme. For applicants whose first language is not English it is necessary to demonstrate a satisfactory standard in English. This may be demonstrated either by holding a first degree from a UK University that has been taught and assessed in English or by reaching a satisfactory standard in an approved test in English - IELTS or equivalent. A satisfactory standard is defined as achieving an IELTS score in band 6.5 or equivalent, providing that no component of the IELTS profile is more than 0.5 below the overall score. Applicants with a lower score may be admitted subject to the successful completion of a pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes programme. Applicants to subject areas recognised by Academic Council as having a particularly linguistically demanding standard will be required to have achieved an IELTS score in band 7 or equivalent, providing that no component of the IELTS profile is more than 1.0 below the overall score.

Visa requirements

Students applying to come to the UK must obtain a student visa. They are assessed under the Points Based System (Tier 4). Please refer to the Points Based System (Tier 4) information from our International Office for details and advice.

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