Why Portsmouth?

Academic Life

Would you like to learn with experts in your subject? Portsmouth supports you and your career.

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magnifying1 Overview

Distinctly Portsmouth

All of our undergraduates will get opportunities to make them stand out from the crowd. You can:

  • Benefit from work-related learning experiences as part of your course, whatever degree you choose to study
  • Learn a foreign language completely free of charge
  • Get involved in local, national and international volunteering opportunities
  • Gain work experience through participation in student democracy, media and event-organising opportunities on campus
  • Develop your entrepreneurial side via units within your course or get support in taking forward a business idea through our Centre for Enterprise
Photo of Obi Williams in Thailand

When you’re helping people you don’t realise how much of a difference you are making to their lives.

Obi Williams, Law and International Relations student. Obi used a £1000 charity award to travel to Thailand and participate in more charity work.

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mortarboard High-quality teaching

We are committed to teaching that is excellent, innovative and inspiring. Preparing you for a successful and rewarding career is a core aspect of our degrees. Our teaching is informed by the best and most current research and professional practice. We’re here to help you find the direction that suits you as an individual.

As well as having access to a host of experts from professors and researchers, to industry practitioners and support staff, you will have a personal tutor you can go to for advice and guidance.

Satisfied students

In the 2017 National Student Survey, the University of Portsmouth achieved a student satisfaction rate of 88%. These results mark the 11th year running that Portsmouth students have rated their university above the national average.

Your personal tutor

Get help making decisions, ask questions and get inspiration. Your tutor helps you make the most of your time at university by giving you guidance and support along the way. All new students are allocated a personal tutor who will encourage you to get the most out of your course, direct you to other sources of support and help you achieve your goals.

Professional partnerships

Get down to business. As a student you'll be informed by professionals who work with business and industry. Around half of our students study on courses which are accredited or validated by professional organisations, and many more of our degrees offer an accelerated route to qualifying with a profession or obtaining chartered status.

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briefcase2 Employment

What are your chances of getting a job when you finish? At Portsmouth they're higher than average.

We prepare you for the real world of employment with ongoing careers support from the moment you start, to several years after you finish.

Get experience

Get experience while you're a student. Work experience comes in all shapes and sizes:

  • work-related challenges in simulated environments (such as in our mock courtroom)
  • learning from visiting employers
  • volunteering
  • getting short or long-term work experience out in the field on a placement

Finding a job

  • We have an in-house recruitment agency for graduate jobs, part-time work, placements and volunteering opportunities.
  • We've partnered with over 2,500 businesses all over the UK, including Amazon, Microsoft and IBM.
  • We advertise over 1,200 part-time jobs and 1,900 vacancies for graduates.

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We’ve recently hired Portsmouth graduates in our Finance Operations teams. They excelled against Amazon’s leadership principles, which we feel was helped by the practical work experience they had gained during their degree.

John Curran,

A volunteer

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As I have applied for my PGCE qualification, this job provided great work experience and a great reference on my application. I didn’t realise just how much I would love it. It’s given me fantastic leadership, communication and planning skills, and a whole new level of confidence in myself.

Naomi Boyd, English Literature student, After-School Club (The Salvation Army)

A work placement

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The placement taught me valuable skills. I developed my sales techniques, professional communication skills and ability to give presentations. I have many business contacts and friends from the Greater London Authority and this may help me secure a job next year after graduation.

Victoria Gale, International Business Studies student, The Greater London Authority, City Hall

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speech3 Advice and support

For those times when you would like to improve your academic skills or need support and advice with any issue, however large or small, help is at hand from our friendly, professional Student Advice Services. Should you require health and medical care, a full doctors practice is situated next to the Nuffield Centre in the middle of campus and we can also give you a comprehensive list of local surgeries.

Maths Café

Maths 3:21 minutes

Have you got mathematical problems? The Maths Café offers all students on any course free help when it comes to understanding and improving their maths and statistical skills. Visit the Maths Café Centre to find out more.


Childcare 3:01 minutes

We recognise the importance of childcare and offer a pre-school nursery that prides itself on giving high-quality day care at a competitive price. The nursery is registered to accept children aged between six months and five years. If you need to apply for a place, contact the nursery as soon as possible as places are limited.


Faith/World view 4:24 minutes

Regardless of faith or worldview the chaplaincy offers you a space to come to and have some quiet time, for thought or prayer. We’re here if you'd like to talk to someone in confidence or explore any questions you may have. We also have dedicated Islamic prayer facilities.

Counselling Service

Counselling 4:09 minutes

If you have something on your mind, we offer courses and workshops, self-help resources, face-to-face counselling, email counselling and mental health support. Counsellors will listen carefully, understand your situation and help you work towards a positive resolution to any problems you may have.

Academic Skills Unit (ASK)

Academic Skills 2:44 minutes

Sometimes you need a little extra help to get a higher grade. From grammar, to research skills and exam techniques, we give you one-to-one tutorials. We also offer online interactive tutorials (Skills4Study) to work on in your own time. To read more visit the ASK site.

The Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC)

Disability advice 5:05 minutes

Have you got a specific learning difficulty, chronic illness, mental health difficulty, or social, physical or sensory impairment that may have an adverse impact on your ability to study? We're here to discuss special arrangements, adjustments or support to help you make the most of your studies. To read more visit the ASDAC site.

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book3 Learn another language

You’ll find a whole range of language-learning opportunities open to you as part of your studies and alongside your course. Many of our students learn another language through our free Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP).

Most second-year undergraduate students can choose to take a 20-credit unit in languages as part of their normal studies. You can also study for interest in your first or third year, with a certificate available if you complete two years’ language study.

The IWLP currently provides classes at different levels in Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish, subject to numbers.

Current students: for more information, search for IWLP in MyPort or contact

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