We have a large and vibrant African community, with 20 new students joining us from all over Ghana to study at undergraduate and postgraduate level in 2016.  The Afro-Caribbean Society runs a broad range of events and activities throughout the year.

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Entry Requirements

This information is for general guidance only as entry requirements may vary for different courses.

For more specific details, please visit the relevant course web page or contact the admissions office for your chosen subject area. 

International Foundation Year

We accept 5 SSCE/WASSCE subjects (including mathematics and English language) with minimum grades of 1-6 or A-D in relevant subjects.

Students who have not achieved the A-level requirements for their chosen course are directed to the International Foundation Year, delivered by our partner, ICP-Navitas


To be considered for an undergraduate degree, you should hold BBB in A levels or 24 overall in International Baccalaureate with 15 at Higher Level.

Students with a satisfactory academic performance at Ordinary National Diploma (OND) will be considered for relevant undergraduate degree programmes.

Students with a good Higher National Diploma (HND) may be considered for advanced entry onto a relevant undergraduate degree programme.

We are happy to consider strong and mature applicants for direct entry onto an undergraduate degree programme on a case by case basis.

For specific grades required, please refer to the course page.

Postgraduate Taught

To be considered for a postgraduate degree, you should hold a Bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognised Ghanaian university or an equivalent professional qualification approved by the University of Portsmouth:

  • UK 2.1 equivalent: 65%, or GPA 2.75/4.0
  • UK 2.2 equivalent: 55% or GPA 2.50/4.0

Please note, some courses require a higher overall CGPA. We are happy to consider applications with a slightly lower GPA on a case by case basis.

Work experience is required for some postgraduate courses and many courses will require you to have studied relevant subjects. Please see our full course list for more details. 

Postgraduate Research

Students holding a good Master’s Degree will be considered for PhD study upon submission of a strong research proposal. Please visit our Graduate School pages for information on specific areas of research. 

English Language requirements 

You will need to be able to demonstrate the required level of English language proficiency to study at the University of Portsmouth.  Please ensure that transcripts (e.g. WAEC, iGCSE) are submitted with your application.

We accept iGCSE English Grade C or above or , alternatively, we accept IELTS.  The required score will depend on your level of entry and your chosen course.  We will also accept an official letter from your University, ascertaining that you have been taught in English for a minimum of two years.

Please visit English language requirements for more details. We offer Pre-Sessional English language programmes for applicants who do not yet meet the required English level for entry onto our degree courses.


To view a full list of all scholarships and bursaries and associated eligibility criteria, please see the summary of scholarships and bursaries.

GOAL Award

All self-funding students from Ghana will be eligible for the Global Outreach: Access to Learning (GOAL) Award.

The award is a 10% fee reduction for self-funded international students for the first year of study only. It applies to all degree courses with fees of £13,200 above for 2018 entry.

The GOAL Awards are for students who are nationals of middle and low-income countries, as defined principally by the United Nations Human Development Index. The list of eligible countries can be found here.


School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Scholarship 

A number of scholarships are available in our Faculty of Science. They take the form of a 20% fee reduction for the following full-time postgraduate courses:

  • MSc Engineering Geology
  • MSc Geological and Environmental Hazards
  • MSc Contaminated Land
  • MSc Crisis and Disaster Management
  • MSc Geographical Information Systems
  • MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must:

  • have achieved a GPA of 3.0 / 5 or 2:2
  • be self-financing

This scholarship is only open to Ghanaian or Nigerian students.

Students will automatically be considered for this scholarship - no application needed but the overall quality of the application is considered including Personal Statement and References.

To be considered for the SEES Scholarship, applications should be submitted by 23 February 2018, and all conditions (including deposit) fulfilled by 30 May 2018.

For more information, please visit the Faculty of Science - Postgraduate Scholarships page or email

These bursaries and scholarships cannot be combined with any other University discount or scholarship scheme, except the 2% 'early payment discount'. Eligible applicants for the GOAL Award will be awarded automatically. The discounted fee will be stated on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS).

Use our tuition fee discount calculator to find out the reduced cost of courses after any applicable discounts mentioned above are applied.

If you have been awarded a scholarship or are sponsored by a third party (not family), please review the Sponsor Pages of our website for advice.

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 online 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.

If you have any questions about this scheme, please email us.

How to Apply

You can apply online via our website, through UCAS or through one of our in-country representatives listed below.  

The University of Portsmouth works with a number of trusted agents who are able to support you through the application process.

If you are being referred to apply to the University of Portsmouth by a current student or alumni, please ensure that a copy of the International Alumni Referral Award form is completed and submitted along with your application.



Our International Officers travel to Ghana regularly for Education Fairs, visits to agents and other events. These are great opportunities to speak to us about applying to study at the University of Portsmouth and it would be great to meet you there!

See our upcoming events below, or check our events page for full listings. 


Our International Officers are specialists in helping students from your region to apply and can answer any questions you might have. 

Contact Jenny if you have any questions!

Our Representatives

If you would like to apply to the University of Portsmouth, please contact our representative in your country:

Globe Educational Center

C14 Star Avenue, Quennel House, Kokomlemle, Accra - North
(Correspondence address: Box 5552, Accra - North)
Tel: +233 548 393 600
Mobile: 02447 83000
Fax: +233 2 122 8154

26/5 New John Sabah Road, PO Box MC 395, Takoradi 
Tel: +233 3 12 4117
Fax: +233 3 12 4540


The Orangery, 169/4A Otwe Street
Tedzii Ashieshi, La, Osu Ako-Adjei, Accra
Tel: +233 302 798 181

World Student Advisors

Samuel Kwasi Awudi, Director Ghana
Kumasi, Ghana
Skype: WSA.Kumasi
WhatsApp: +233 (0) 246 768 084

Thomas Kwame Nuku, Business Development Manager Ghana
Agiringanor Road, East Legon, Accra, Ghana
Skype: WSA.Ghana
WhatsApp: +233 (0) 244 277 559

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