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Mode of Study

Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement


3 years full-time; 4 years sandwich with work placement

Start date

September 2023


Musical theatre is one of the most popular forms of entertainment. For over a century, it’s helped us to understand how the world works, generating stories of hope and optimism while considering the challenging issues at the heart of being human.

Develop vital stagecraft skills in movement, voice, acting, and devising on our Musical Theatre degree course and explore contemporary approaches to music and theatre. You’ll immerse yourself in all forms of practice, create new musicals. stage a full production in your first and final year, and produce a professional showreel for use in the industry.

You'll also examine musical theatre's significance in popular culture and society, exploring themes such as the representation of race, gender and politics on the local and global stage, and gain vital transferable skills for all kinds of career opportunities after you graduate.

Along the way, you’ll use specialist facilities, collaborate with students on other creative courses, work with professional composers, writers, and directors, and perform in many fantastic locations – in Portsmouth and beyond.

Taught by a world-leading team of expert practitioners and scholars, Portsmouth's one of the most established musical theatre programmes in the UK, and through our new partnership with Laine Theatre Arts – whose graduates are regularly seen in the West End – we’re in an exciting phase of our history. Come and join us!

Dr Ben Macpherson, Course Leader – BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Course highlights

  • Enhance your creative collaboration by working alongside peers and new writers to create shows
  • Boost your professional profile by developing a showreel to perform in front of agents, producers, and casting directors as part of your final-year career preparations
  • Develop career-enhancing skills in mixed- and multi-media arts, including live and virtual practices
  • Gain valuable industry experience by taking an optional placement
  • Take advantage of pioneering research by studying at the home of Studies in Musical Theatre – the UK’s only international academic journal dedicated to musical theatre
  • Get current professional insight by attending guest lectures from leading actors, producers, and authors – past guests include actor Sheila Hancock, Randy Adams (Tony award-winning producer of Memphis the Musical), Lyn Darnley (former Head of Voice and Text, Royal Shakespeare Company), and Ken Cerniglia (Hadestown dramaturg and Disney Theatricals’ literary director)


Graduates in work or further study

(HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)

Watch BA (Hons) Musical Theatre graduate Lizzie Hughes' music video

Joy (2020)

‘Joy’ is composed, performed and produced by Lizzie Hughes, our 2021 BA (Hons) Musical Theatre graduate. It formed part of her final year Major Academic Project, exploring the use of musical frequencies and harmonies to affect a listener’s emotional response to music and performance.

Lizzie is now seeking to build a career as a freelance singer-songwriter and recording artist.

Can you see me glowing gold?
In this moment I'll smile
Happiness comes in shimmering flecks
So I'll savour this moment a while

In my eyes lay specks of gold
Beautifully replayed
And I'll be your hand to hold
It is warm in this house

Warm like a sunny day in winter
Pretty but rarer
Shimmering flecks, mystic moons
I'm walking on moonbeams, waiting for you

Tell me if you're coming home soon

Can you see me holding on
To all our memories?
I won't fly too close the Sun
If you let me swim in the sea

Give me reason to stay awhile
I'll stay as long you need
Just look at this smile to know
It is warm in this house

Warm like a summer breeze: can you feel it?
We're sisters climbing trees: can you feel it?
Glowing gold in the afternoon
Shimmering life from that mystic moon

Tell me if you're coming home soon

Tell me that you're coming home soon

Entry requirements

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Typical offers
  • A levels – BBB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

Applicants without relevant qualifications will be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.

Selection process

Applicants will be invited to a workshop. Read our Musical Theatre workshop guide for preparation tips.

If you can't make the workshop, you'll need a video submission instead. For more information on how to put one together, read our Musical Theatre video submission guide.

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Your facilities

Man reading a play in dimly-lit theatre space

White Swan Building

Our drama and theatre hub was developed in partnership with Portsmouth’s esteemed New Theatre Royal. It has all the spaces and equipment you need for stage and performance productions: from rehearsal to final act.

Explore Building

City Guide - New Theatre Royal

New Theatre Royal

Established in 1854, New Theatre Royal is one of Portsmouth’s historic gems. Its recent upgrades include a fly tower and 15-piece orchestral pit for its main stage, a technical workshop with dressing and green rooms, and improved backstage facilities.

Careers and opportunities

After this course, you'll have skills in production, technical theatre, stage management, directing, choreography, and other creative fields that can be applied to a variety of careers within and outside the theatre industry.

You can also start your own company, pursue a postgraduate degree, and engage in research.

Graduate areas

Past graduates have gone on to careers in areas including:

  • theatre, arts and events management
  • broadcasting
  • the media industry
  • teaching
  • business
  • project and team management

Graduate roles

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • actor
  • producer
  • playwright
  • theatre manager
  • arts administrator
Cerys Coppins BA (Hons) Musical Theatre 2021 graduate

My time here’s been so amazing and I wouldn't change any of it. The uni gives so much support and the lecturers go above and beyond. I’d do it all again if I could!

Cerys Coppins, BA (Hons) Musical Theatre 2021 graduate

Ongoing careers support

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

Placement year (optional)

Between your second and third year, you can complete an optional work placement to gain professional experience and enhance your skills. It's also a great incentive for employers once you graduate.

You can work for a company, organisation or agency, or you can go self-employed and start your own business with fellow students or by yourself.

Whatever you decide – or even if you just want some employability advice – our exclusive Creative Careers team can support you every step of the way.

Creative Careers

Our in-faculty Creative Careers team has extensive recruitment experience and knows the creative sector well, making it easier for students to find placements within the creative industries.

They can guide you through every step of the application process, including:

  • Searching for the ideal job through their database of vacancies
  • Giving tips on how to write an interesting CV that will catch employers' attention, no matter the role
  • Organising mock interviews, so you can hone your technique and familiarise yourself with the recruitment environment
  • Writing your startup business proposal – if you're going down the self-employment route

The team will continue to give you support throughout your placement year.

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Should I go on a placement year?

It is not only about making tea and coffee in an office: a placement can transform your career, personal, and study development. Our students who've been on placements say they were the best experiences of their lives.

Find out more about the benefits of doing a placement on our Creative Careers blog.

Read our blog post

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.


Core modules

What you'll do

In this module, you’ll be introduced to contemporary methods and techniques for creating your own devised music theatre project.

What you'll learn

Working together and under guidance from your tutors, you’ll learn from the work of other devised practitioner and explore how movement, text and music-making can be used to develop your own original work in response to a given theme or stimulus.

Additional content

You need not be a trained musician either; sometimes, the best work comes simply through playing, exploring and taking risks – all skills highly regarded by theatre directors and makers, but also much-valued across a range of sectors.

What you'll do

As its name implies, in this module, you’ll ‘make theatre’. Unlike Devised Project, though, this is an intensive two-week process during which you’ll work with guest creatives from industry (composers, writers and directors) to stage either a classic or contemporary work of musical theatre from first read-through to full performance in ten days.

What you'll learn

This module will help develop teamwork, collaboration, good timekeeping and resilience – all skills needed in the performing arts.

What you'll do

Developing stagecraft and performance skills includes knowing how to use your body – to move, to dance and to act. This module will introduce you to a range of movement and dance styles which you will then put to use in other practical modules during your degree. These styles might include jazz, acro, ballet, tap and contemporary and whether you are an experienced dancer or a total novice, this module will help develop your skills and discover new strengths in performance.

What you'll do

In order to enhance your skills in performance, this module will introduce you to some key ways of thinking about musical theatre and performance as part of culture more broadly.

What you'll learn

You’ll learn how to talk and reason critically on issues such as race and representation in performance, or how to understand the relationship between what an author or director intends when creating a production and what a journalist might report in their review. Along the way, your develop skills in different kinds of writing and gain confidence in ways to research and think critically about what you see, hear and perform. This module provides you with critical skills for success in your degree, but also skills much-needed in today’s job market.

What you'll do

Building on ‘Performance – Criticism and Analysis’, Performance and Society gives you the opportunity explore key works and themes in their social, cultural and artistic context. For example, why is musical theatre currently so obsessed with bio-musicals such as Jersey Boys or Tina: The Tina Turner Musical? What does it reveal about our current culture and societal trends that these kinds of tribute acts and imitations are so popular? Are they commercial, trading on what is familiar – or is there more to them? Working with students on Drama & Performance, you’ll be asked to engage with these ideas in seminars and then explore one or two themes through practical workshops as well.

What you'll do

Developing stagecraft and performance skills includes knowing how to use your voice and engage with text. This module will introduce you to the key principles in understand how to deliver text and some strategies for “acting the song” – skills you will then put to use in other practical modules during your degree.

What you'll learn

You will explore solo work and monologue, ensemble work and duologues, building a performance repertoire across a range of styles. Whether you are an experienced singer or a total novice, this module will help develop your skill and technique in how to use your voice; skills as useful to the musical stage as they are to the company boardroom!

Core modules

What you'll do

Building from ‘Voice and the Actor’ and ‘Movement for Performance’, this module will introduce you to a range of specialist skills in musical theatre production and performance, including as an actor, director, producer, designer, choreographer and musical director. Learning about these through skills-based workshops, you will work in groups to develop a ‘project pitch’ for the staging of a production, where you will choose a particular role or specialism.

What you'll do

Following the ‘project pitches’ in ‘Musical Theatre Skills’, this module sees you put your newly-developed skills into action as you work in small groups – and together, in one larger theatre company – to stage a classic musical in a new, exciting or contemporary way. For example, previous work has included a multi-media production of Sweeney Todd and a modern-day interpretation of Annie, set in a migrant camp. As the next generation of creatives and performers, this module gives you the chance to practise your skills while also exploring how musical theatre can remain current and develop in the future. After all, no production should ever simply be a museum piece. How do you want to reinvent the form?

What you'll do

As its name suggests, ‘Musical Theatre Laboratory’ is a place where ideas are tested and risks are taken. Building on ‘Devised Project’ and ‘Performance and Society’ from your first year, this module will equip you skills to explore a specific topic through applied research – working in groups to become expert in an area and then demonstrating this through presentation and performance. The specific subject focus might change from year to year, but previous groups have explored the politics of representing real-life on the musical stage (such as the ideological politics in The Sound of Music and Come From Away) along with the way our voice is used as a medium of performance in popular culture (such as the presence of mute characters in musical theatre or the use of imitation in bio-musicals).

What you'll learn

This module is a foundation for your final year Major Academic Project module, and will provide you with skills in synthesis theory and practice – a key skill at University and beyond.

What you'll do

Like a reliable brand of masonry paint, this module does what it says on the tin. In order to imagine the future of performance, we need to understand the historical contexts, cultures and practices that have led to the work we know, love and even loathe, today.

What you'll learn

This module will sharpen your research and writing skills, and building on ‘Performance and Society’, will help you be experts in your subject as a broad part of popular culture – rather than just fans of your favourite shows.

What you'll do

Alongside ‘Performance Histories’, this module builds further from ‘Performance – Criticism and Analysis’ and through research, reading, debate and writing, you will become experts in asking the difficult questions that continue to arise from, and are created by, theatre and performance. Considering race theory and postcolonial ideas, how ‘progressive’ is Hamilton’s depiction of race? If gender is a societal construct, should personal and fictional identities always match when casting actors? What can historical avant-garde and contemporary live art practitioners tell us about ways to think through questions of politics, capitalism, immigration, nationhood and other big topics – and how might what philosophers, scholars and critics say about these say be useful in understanding Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, or Wicked; Fun Home or Cabaret?

Optional modules

What you'll do

This module introduces students to the complexities around both the ideation process of a new creative business, but also how feasible marketing, manufacturing, and selling will be. Students will typically form into small groups to aid the discourse around design, content creation, and pitching of ideas.

What you'll learn

The knowledge and mind-set provided by this module are of use for those students considering running their own business, but are also highly transferable skills, desirable by future employers.

What you'll do

This practical module will introduce you to the relationship between musical theatre practice and jazz as a musical style.

What you'll learn

Through the development of vocal repertoire, you’ll learn about jazz styles and technique – from the Great American Songbook of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, to contemporary interpretations by Lady Gaga or Jamie Cullum.

Teaching activities

This module invites you to learn about history and style through practical workshops – and create a cabaret performance of jazz standards.

What you'll do

In this module, students will be reading and analysing various forms of writing for performance, and writing and developing their own scripts for performance. This will include traditional playwriting forms, forms drawn from experimental theatre techniques, as well as hybrid forms for media and performance. There will be workshop components to the module, where students will bring in new work to be read out loud, and culminating in a staged reading of a work of the student's choosing.

What you'll do

This faculty-wide module provides students with the opportunity to gain credit from paid/unpaid work, volunteering, research placements, internships and other work-related learning, such as a desk-based study. Students arrange their own programme of learning activities (of at least 60 hours) and are supported through workshops and tutorials, both to set appropriate learning goals and to provide appropriate evidence of how their employability skills, knowledge and attributes have been enhanced.

Additional content

Please note that, should they choose to, students can undertake work experience during the summer break and autumn teaching block, before the module starts in the spring teaching block.

What you'll do

This module provides the opportunity for students to broaden their range of creative, intellectual and interpersonal skills and attributes through engaging in interdisciplinary work, developing an appreciation of other creative disciplines and understanding how professionals collaborate. This module is 'project' based and allows opportunity for reflection, experimentation and development of interdisciplinary thinking.

What you'll learn

The learning objectives of this module are to be confirmed.

Optional modules

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate increasing autonomy, with a reduced need for supervision and direction, within defined guidelines
  • Communicate a detailed knowledge of the contexts of business and industry specific practices relevant to their chosen field and an awareness of a variety of ideas, contexts and frameworks within self-employment, freelancing or business startups
  • Develop working professional relationships within industry/business disciplines
  • Proactively evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses, and develop their own criteria and judgement relating to their business practice, future learning and future employability goals

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate increasing autonomy, with reduced need for supervision and direction, within defined guidelines
  • Communicate a detailed knowledge of the contexts of business and industry specific practices relevant to their chosen field and an awareness of a variety of ideas, contexts and frameworks within self-employment, freelancing or business startups
  • Develop working professional relationships within industry/business disciplines
  • Proactively evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses, and develop their own criteria and judgement relating to their business practice, future learning and future employability goals

Explore this module


On this module, you'll be assessed through a portfolio (100% of final mark).

What you'll do

With the support of the Creative Careers team, you can find, apply for and complete a year of a work placement with a variety of employers - previous placements have been offered from NBC, Disney, Warner Bros. and a variety of SME's in the region.

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate increasing autonomy, with a reduced need for supervision and direction, within defined guidelines
  • Communicate a detailed knowledge of the contexts of business and industry specific practices relevant to their chosen field and an awareness of a variety of ideas, contexts and frameworks within their chosen area of employment or self-employment
  • Develop working professional relationships within industry/business disciplines
  • Proactively evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses, and develop their own criteria and judgement relating to their business practice, future learning and future employability goals

Explore this module

Additional content
What you’ll do

Study abroad placements are done either in the second teaching block of your second year, or in year 3 of a 4 year sandwich degree. Enhance your learning experience by adding a global dimension to your studies and develop knowledge and skills essential for roles in the global workforce. Participation in this module is subject to a selection process, supply and demand you'll be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Where activity is to be undertaken in a non-English speaking country, you'll need to evidence your language ability and plans for improving your language competency.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically assess how activities relate to disciplinary knowledge and practice covered on your course within a global context
  • Manage and complete tasks in an overseas study environment relevant to your course, with an appropriate level of skill, independence and performance
  • Reflect critically on your personal development during your study abroad, identifying the transferable skills you acquired and their relevance to future study and employability
Teaching activities
  • 3 hours of tutorials

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework portfolio
What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically assess how activities relate to disciplinary knowledge and practice covered on the students' undergraduate course within a global context
  • Manage and complete tasks in an overseas study environment relevant to their course, with an appropriate level of skill, independence, and performance
  • Reflect critically on their personal development during their study abroad, identify the transferable skills gained and their relevance to future study and employability

Explore this module

Core modules

What you'll do

This module introduces students on both musical theatre and drama & performance to alternative understandings of performance and theatre. It might ask you to consider whether silence can be musical? How repeating the same movement or sound multiple times can create something entirely new, or examine what happens when we take well-known or high-cultural works of art and entirely reduce or recreate them. Drawing on lineages of historical avant-garde and performance art practices, this is an exciting and challenging core module which pushes boundaries and definitions.

What you'll do

In this module, you will engage with various forms of storytelling for young audiences. This might include digital storytelling for young children, or live in-person performances in schools.

What you'll learn

Using song, dance, storytelling and spectacle, this module offers students the opportunity to gain vital experience in the kind of work that might support your early freelance career as performers but, crucially, it means that by the time you graduate, you may have had the privilege of being among the first performers children will have seen live. Sharing your love of performance and theatre with the next generation is a real-world benefit of this module.

What you'll do

You will have the opportunity to form and manage your own theatre company, collaborating with colleagues through taking responsibility for defined roles (for example, producer, artistic director, designer, finance and budgets or marketing)

What you'll do

As a complement to Forming A Company, ‘Major Academic Project’ is all about you. It is an individual assessment which offers three discrete routes which you can self-select. You can, for instance, produce a piece of mid-length academic writing about a subject you are interested in; you can produce a showcase performance and industry-portfolio; you can creative your own piece of practice; or present research work in an undergraduate symposium. This module is what you want to make it, and you will be guided by one-to-one supervision within our team based on specialism.

What you'll learn

Students from this module have progressed to obtaining agent representation for performance, have succeeded in applying for research-based postgraduate study, or otherwise honed their skills in public presentation to pursue a career such as teaching.

What you'll do

Build your skills for professional collaborative theatre work and individual research, through a series of workshops with staff focusing on different elements of academic and professional work. These may include community work, acting in an expanded field, written research, presentations and pitches, funding applications, marketing, production, technical design, CVs and professional websites.

Optional modules

What you'll do

As the name suggests, this module is an option in which musical theatre students study a specific topic in detail. This topic is likely to be one not currently covered in the core curriculum, and as such, is likely to be something drawn from a lecturer’s current research or practical work.

What you'll learn

You will benefit from learning first-hand about the cutting-edge research in the department beyond the curriculum, and have the opportunity to contribute, develop, and help shape current research in their field.

Additional content

This module is of great benefit to student wanting to progress to postgraduate study. Topics have previously included an evaluation of the legacy and value of the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber – a figure often dismissed by the academy, but foundational to the existence of the current musical theatre industry. You may select this module or Applied Theatre: Workshop Skills.

What you'll learn

As a follow-on from ‘Applied Theatre for Young Audiences’, this optional applied module offers you the opportunity to gain workshop and facilitation skills, so as to enable them to work with disparate community or scholarly groups, delivering things such as drama games and forum theatre. This module equips students with a strong grounding if they wish, for example, to consider drama therapy as a career. You may select this module or Musical Theatre: Special Topic.

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Sara Shuhaiber

My confidence has ... improved because I’ve been performing on stage more and met so many new people. I’ve constantly been encouraged to try new things that had never crossed my mind before, such as tap dancing and writing for theatre.

Sara Shuhaiber, BA (Hons) Musical Theatre alumna

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • practical performance
  • dramatic writing
  • essays
  • video productions
  • group presentations
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • workshops
  • seminars
  • lectures
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • work placement

As well as learning the academic side of musical theatre, there's a strong focus on the practical side of performance. You'll have many opportunities to perform or put on shows both at and outside the University.

This course was the right path for me because not only does it teach me the theoretical element of musical theatre but it also gives me the opportunity to explore the practical side.

Abigail Slocombe, BA (Hons) Musical Theatre student

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We use a blended learning approach to teaching, which means you’ll take part in both face-to-face and online activities during your studies.  As well as attending your timetabled classes you'll study independently in your free time, supported by staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your musical theatre degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as acting lessons for 4 hours per week and lectures and seminars for 4-6 hours per week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You'll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have access to a Faculty student support advisor. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing and refer you to specialist support services.

You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques
If you need support with software and equipment or you want to learn additional skills (including skills not covered on your course), our creative skills tutors provide free workshops, activities and one-on-one tutorials. Skills you can learn include life drawing, film camera operation and video production.
Computing support staff are always available to give technical support in the Faculty's computer suites during normal working hours. There's also some support available from 5.00pm to midnight at busy times of the year.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2023 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase) 
  • International students – £17,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Costs breakdown

Our accommodation section show your accommodation options and highlight how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You may need to buy items such as DVDs and MiniDV tapes to use on practical units, which cost approximately £20–£30.

You’ll also need to cover:

the material costs for individual project work, which usually costs £50–£100
the costs for performance work and other practice based units, which are normally in the region of £50–£100

If you take a placement year or study abroad year, tuition fees for that year are as follows:

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)


How to apply

To start this course in 2023, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – 2B69
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.