We are happy to consider overseas applications on a case by case basis. As a general guide:
You will require a foundation year if you hold KCSE only as this is not sufficient for entry onto our undergraduate programmes. We recommend students take a foundation programme at our partner college, International College Portsmouth (ICP)
To be considered for an undergraduate programme, you should hold the following:
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE - 5 credits including Mathematics and English language) or the East African Certificate of Education (EACE) or Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE)
Minimum of 3 subjects directly comparable to entry requirements of standard 'A'Levels in:
- Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC)
- East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE)
- or Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) awarded until 1989
Minimum of 'C' credit overall in:
- Diploma / Ordinary Diploma / Ordinary Technician Diploma
- University Diploma / Diploma
A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate are also accepted. Students with satisfactory academic performance at Ordinary National Diploma (OND) will be considered for relevant undergraduate programmes.
Students with a good Higher National Diploma (HND) or a Higher Technician Diploma may be considered for advanced entry onto a relevant undergraduate degree programme. Students with a Third Class or Ordinary degree may be considered for final year (top-up) entry onto a degree programme in a relevant subject (subject to university policy).
Advanced Diplomas from APTECH/ABE/ICM and Informatics
If you have completed ADSE (APTECH) with credit or achieve GPA of 2.0 (Informatics), you can be considered for final year (top-up) entry onto the following courses:
- BSc (Hons) Computing
- BSc (Hons) Computing and Digital Image
- BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems
- BSc (Hons) Web Technologies
- BSc (Hons) Computing and Society
- BEng (Hons) Computer Networks
- BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Systems (Distance Learning)
- BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems (Distance Learning)
- If you achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 or above at ADSE, you can be considered for final year (top up) entry onto the following courses:
- BSc (Hons) Computer Science
- BSc (Hons) Software Engineering
- BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing
Please note: details transcripts must be provided
For entry onto our Masters programmes, we will consider your average GPA from your Bachelors degree, depending on whether it is out of 4 or 5, although each application is considered individually.
Students with a lower GPA will require a Pre-Masters course, delivered by our partner college on campus, International College Portsmouth (ICP).
For entry onto our MBA International, students will also need at least 3 years relevant work experience after graduation in a managerial or supervisory capacity. Work experience is also required for several other postgraduate courses and many courses will require you to have studied relevant subjects. Please see our courses for more details.
Students holding a good Masters Degree will be considered for PhD study upon submission of a research proposal. Please visit our Graduate School pages for information on specific areas of research.
English Language requirements:
Kenya students who hold English grade C in the following certificates are accepted in lieu of IELTS
- East African Certificate of Education (EACE)
- Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE)
- Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE)
- Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC)
If there is no evidence of the above, you will need to take an IELTS test or equivalent. We also accept IGCSE and several other certificates. The required score will depend on your level of entry and your chosen course. 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.
Our International Officers travel to Kenya 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.
- Nairobi, Kenya
- Public Education Fair
Public Education Fair
Event type: Education Visit
Time: 1000 - 1400
Venue: Serena Hotel
Location: Processional Way, Nairobi City, Kenya
Jenny Hyde and Professor Joe Cox from the University of Portsmouth's Department of Economics and Finance will be in Nairobi on Saturday 27 January at the Public Education Fair from 10.00am-2.00pm.
Come and speak to us about life in Portsmouth, the courses we offer, and any other questions you may have!
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.
If you would like to apply to the University of Portsmouth, please contact one of our representatives:
Bandari Plaza, M1 Woodvale Grove Westlands Nairobi Kenya
Tel: +254 020 440 4111
World Student Advisers
Juliet Kahi, WSA Manager Africa, Krishna Centre, 5th floor, Woodvale Grove, Westlands, Nairobi Kenya,
WhatsApp: +254 (0) 738 600 776
Tel: +2547 (0) 20 523 5968
Loice Omoga, Business Development Manager Mombasa, Mombasa, Kenya
1st Floor, Kalair Centre, Nyali Road (Opposite Texas Alarms)
PO Box 95649, 80100 Mombasa
Tel: +254 41 470 561