Entry Requirements

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 one of the following (Credit with a minimum in 5 subjects including English and Maths) as they are not sufficient for direct entry onto undergraduate programmes at Portsmouth: 

  • East African Certificate of Education (EACE)
  • Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC)
  • Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE)

We recommend that you take a foundation programme at our partner college, International College Portsmouth (ICP).


To be considered for an undergraduate degree, you should also hold a minimum of 3 subjects directly comparable to entry requirements of standard A-Levels in: 

  • Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC)
  • Higher National Diploma
  • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE)

A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate are also accepted. Students with a Third Class or Ordinary degree may be considered for final year (top-up) entry onto a relevant undergraduate degree programme (subject to university policy).


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. 

Students with a lower GPA will require a Pre-Masters course, delivered by our partner college on campus, International College Portsmouth (ICP).


Students holding a good Master's 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

Ugandan students who hold Grade C or 1-6 in English are accepted in lieu of IELTS: 

  • East African Certificate of Education (EACE)
  • Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC)
  • Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE)

If there is no evidence of the above, you will need to take an English qualification. We accept IELTS, IGCSE and several other certificates. The required score will depend on your level of entry and your chosen course. We offer Pre-sessional English language programmes for applicants who do not yet meet the required English level for entry onto our degree courses.

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.


 Our International Officers travel to Uganda 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 one of our representatives:

Overseas Educational Services

Plot 6 Wilson Rd, The Mall Shopping Centre
Duse Pharmaceuticals Ltd Offices Shop 30
PO Box 9675, Kampala
Contact person: Solomon Edward Semanda
Tel: +256 7 5262 9482

Uniserv Uganda

SM Chamber, Plot 14, Hannington Road
Opp Kampala Serena, PO Box 36343, Kampala
Contact person: Hillary Kiplimo
Tel: +256 41 425 9220


Student Liaison Group

Plot 23 A2 Akii Bua Road, Nakasero
Kampala, 978, Uganda
Tel: +256 772 060980

Premier Education Services

1st Floor, Moil House, Opp YMCA,
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 700 207 684

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