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The best decision you'll make for your future

You don’t need to think about anywhere else, your home is here in Portsmouth

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Shashi Kaur

Shashi's degree gave her the opportunity to become a brand ambassador for a regional law firm and President of the University Law Society, as well as the confidence to pursue postgraduate study.
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Nick Hook

Nick’s degree led to him working on "top secret" projects during his placement year, a job in the automotive industry just a week after graduating and work trips to Japan.
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Beulah Waritimi

Beulah found a multidisciplinary course that gave her a more rounded understanding of the world, and "incredible" lecturers who made her feel that her voice mattered.
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6) Fabulous global opportunities 

If you dream of seeing the world, we’ll give you the opportunities and skills to travel or work abroad. You can study in another country for a year on many of our degrees and you can learn a language for free while you’re here. We have over 4,000 international students from 150 countries, so you’ll meet people from all over the world. And you can join our annual Global Week to celebrate and learn about diverse cultures. Portsmouth is an international city with excellent road, rail and sea connections, so you’ll be on your journey overseas in no time. 

We’re also recognised on the international stage. We’re rated 5 stars in the QS World University Rankings 2021, and we're one of the Top 150 Young Universities in the world (Times Higher Education, 2020).

Find out more about our global outlook

5) A great place to live

Life as a student in Portsmouth is unbeatable. We’ve got beaches, great places to eat, heaps of independent shops and music venues, cultural and artistic hotspots, and stacks of green space. And we’re only 90 minutes by train from central London. Portsmouth is one of the most picturesque, welcoming and interesting places to live in the UK, and was voted the No. 7 most popular city in the UK (YouGov, 2021). Everything you need to work, rest and play is waiting for you in Portsmouth.

Find out more about life in Portsmouth

4) Exceptional career support

Your success is our priority. We focus on giving you the best chances and opportunities to excel in your career. Our highly-rated Careers and Employability Service (voted Top 20 in the UK on Student Crowd, 2021) will help you find work experience, placements and networking opportunities when you’re at uni and for five years after you graduate. That’s why 9 out of 10 of our students are in work or further study 15 months after graduation (HESA Graduate Outcomes, 2018/19). If you’ve got an entrepreneurial spirit and want to work for yourself, we can help you set up your own business.

Find out more about our careers, placements and startup support

3) Support every step of the way

Whatever support you need, we’re here for you at every stage of your university journey. We want to help you achieve your potential and have the best university experience possible. We offer support with health and wellbeing, academic skills, personal tutoring, disability advice, the library, IT and computers, maths, careers, accommodation, and student finance. 

We’re the Top 15 Best UK University for personal tutoring, as voted by Student Crowd, 2021. 

We also give specific support to BAME students, LGBTQ+ students, care leavers, estranged students and people seeking sanctuary. 

Find out more about the extensive support we provide

2) Excellent student experience 

You’re our number one priority and we put you first in all of our decision making. We want to make sure you have an excellent student experience and feel deeply connected to our university community. You’ll get outstanding teaching, excellent spaces for socialising and learning, and wide-ranging support. We also run a month-long programme of welcome events to help you settle into university life, make new friends, meet your lecturers, find your way around campus, and get to know the city. And you can attend social events throughout the year to keep you connected such as film and games nights, picnics, and quizzes.

We're also home to tonnes of societies and sports clubs – whatever you're into, you can do it here. And you'll meet like-minded people who share your interests and make friends for life.

Find out more about the experience you’ll have

1) Outstanding teaching

We were rated 'Gold' by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) because we provide consistently outstanding teaching, learning, and outcomes for our students.

You'll be taught by lecturers whose passion for their subject shines through in their teaching. Many of your lecturers have experience working in your chosen industry, and can help you develop the skills, knowledge and connections to succeed in your career. And you’ll hone your skills using some of the best facilities and equipment available.

Find out more about our outstanding teaching

"I enjoyed the diverse group of lecturers we had - they were all helpful and extremely knowledgeable. Without their experience, I doubt I’d have been where I am today. Now I can make a difference to people's lives."
Heidi Mathews, graduate in Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons), and now Senior Radiographer at William Harvey Hospital
Portsmouth is an amazing place! It gives you that busy city feeling but without the massive distances to travel or the chaos of bigger cities. The abundance of culture and friendly environment was crucial for me – it helped me feel closer to home
Teodor Zhelyazkov, graduate in Business & Human Resource Management BA (Hons),  and now working for the University as Global Conversion Assistant
Portsmouth is a fantastic student-orientated location. It’s not overly expensive to live in the city and there’s always something going on somewhere!
Joshua Bulleyment, graduate in Operating Department Practice DipHe, and now Clinical Skill Facilitator at University Hospital, Southampton
“I struggled with the statistics side of psychology, but I was offered support from both staff and students, which ultimately helped me through – now I’m in an amazing job which I love, and I couldn’t have done it without that support."
Jade Richardson, graduate in Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons) and Forensic Psychology MSc, and now a Forensic Psychologist in Training with HM Prison Service

Portsmouth is a great place to live and study. Here’s the proof.


See where a degree from Portsmouth could take you

We've told you all the reasons we know you'll love Portsmouth. Because these are the highlights our students rave about. Find out more in their own words...

I joined the musical theatre society which was a lot of fun – and I made friends for life who I still see on a weekly basis. My favourite memories are sitting in the sun working on Southsea Common with friends and wandering around, going for dinner or out to bars in Gunwharf Quays.
Naomi Finn, graduate in Graphic Design BA (Hons), and now Lead Designer at Paymentsense