Together, our island city community is making big waves. Our results in national and global rankings tell a clear story. Internationally, we’re seen as a young university on the rise. Studying with us, you can look forward to a life-changing experience. Whatever success means to you, Portsmouth is the place to find it.

We’re globally rated

5 star overall rating

QS World University Rankings give us 5 stars for teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, arts and culture, and inclusiveness.

Top young university  

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings recognise us as one of the UK’s best universities established during the last 50 years.

World-leading status

We’re one of the finest unis under 50 years-old anywhere in the world, say the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings.

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QS Top Universities - 5 Star Rating
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World Uni Rankings - Top 150 Young Uni in the World

We’re a powerful community

Top 3 for research power

The positive impact our research has on people’s lives means we’re one of the best post-1992 universities in the UK for research power.

Top 10 most popular UK city

In 2022 YouGov’s insights into public opinion saw Portsmouth ranked 10th in their index of the most popular cities across the UK.

Top 10 uni in the south east

Our corner of the UK is packed with universities but The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 puts Portsmouth in the top 10.

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Sunday Times Uni Guide 22 - Top 10 South East UK

You’ll find success here

Graduates finding their place

94% of our graduates are either in employment or pursuing further studies, according to the most recent HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey.

Top 10 for career prospects

In the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022, which are collated from real student reviews, we ranked in the top 10 for graduate career prospects.

Postgraduate satisfaction

According to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2022, we are a top 15 university for postgraduate satisfaction.

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Graduate Outcomes - 94 % Percent in Work / Further Study
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We offer life-changing experiences

Top 40 for student satisfaction

The 2022 National Student Survey of final year undergraduates put us in the top 40 for students’ satisfaction with their university experience.

Top 10 for postgrad experience

WhatUni collated real student reviews for the Student Choice awards and ranked us in the top 10 universities for postgrad student experience.

Top 10 for international experience

International students from nations all around the world have spoken, and their experience at Portsmouth achieved a top 10 ranking.

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Our community in numbers

We’re genuinely global 

Every year students from around the world choose to study at the University of Portsmouth. Their diverse voices enrich us all. 

We’re set up to change lives  

We aim to give every student a life-changing experience. So we make sure we’ve got all the right staff, with all the right expertise.

We support our students

We offer a range of bursaries and hardship funds for students who need financial support to get the best from their uni experience.

£4.3million

in student financial support

2021/22

Our students make a difference

Students at Portsmouth care about giving back to the local community and good causes. These incredible numbers speak for themselves. 

2,357

student volunteers

60,216

volunteer hours

£493,771

contributed to the local economy