International Students

New Zealand

Entry Requirements

We are happy to consider applications for students from New Zealand on a case by case basis. As a general guide:


You can apply for undergraduate programmes either through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) or online. However, if you are using UCAS to apply for other UK universities, please also make your University of Portsmouth application through UCAS.

New Zealand students with National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 with Merit (M) and Excellence (E) grades are also eligible for Undergraduate programmes at Portsmouth.

Postgraduate and PhD:

The standard requirement for entry to a taught Master's programme at Portsmouth is an undergraduate (Bachelor) degree that is equivalent to a UK Second Class degree.

Students who hold a Bachelor Honours degree with at least C from a recognised Higher Education institution in New Zealand will be considered for admission on to Master's programmes at Portsmouth

For entry onto our Masters programmes, we will consider your average GPA from your bachelor degree, depending on whether it is out of 4 or 5, although each application is considered on a case by case basis. Depending on the institution, 60-64% is considered equivalent to a 2:2, whereas 65% or higher is equivalent to a 2:1. Students with a lower result 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.

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.

Our Representatives

If you would like to apply to study at the University of Portsmouth, please contact one of our representatives for your country: