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Find the course you love, at the place that makes you tick.

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It takes time and some careful thought to figure out what to study and where.

We'd obviously love you to choose Portsmouth. But we also want to make sure you choose the right course and university for you. Feel more confident in your choices with these simple tips to help you with your options.

Narrowing down uni and course choices

Make the right decisions for your future

Still deciding which course and which university is right for you? Here's how to work out what matters to you.

4 key takeaways

1. Choose the course first and the university later

Decisions on a university should be made once you’ve researched which courses match your interests. Choose a subject that you really enjoy – you’ll be studying it for a long time.

2. Go to an Open Day

Whether it's virtually or in person, it's important to get a feel for a university and speak to academic staff. At our undergraduate Open Days, you’ll tour our campus and halls of residence, chat to students and see how you’ll spend the best days of your life.

3. Really pay attention to the course content

Universities often have similar degree titles to each other but the content of each course rarely looks the same. Research the different modules per year of study and see how they differ between universities. Check entry requirements before you apply.

4. Use league tables with a critical eye

There are numerous league tables, each with different assessment criteria. You'll find that a university’s ranking will change depending on which league table you’re looking at. And remember that each university has specialist disciplines. Some will be highly ranked for all specific subjects only, even if they're positioned well in the main league table.

Why our students chose Portsmouth

Hear from our students

Stuck on what uni and course to choose? Hear from our ambassadors as they talk through some of their passions and interests and why they chose to study at the University of Portsmouth.

It’s ok if you don’t know what you want to do in the future or how to get there. Lots of us feel the same sometimes. Try to remember to take your time with your decisions and speak to friends, family, tutors and careers advisers about what you like.

If you're still not sure where to start, try looking at what degrees are available to see if anything catches your eye.