STANDARD LICENSE; PLEASE SEE ADDITIONAL ASSET FOR FULL LICENSE TERMS.

Biomedical Science with Human Biosciences (Dual Degree) BSc (Hons)

Learn how we can use the biology of disease to fight it on this BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Human Biosciences dual degree course. Study in Portsmouth and spend a year at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Australia, gaining two degrees and international scientific study experience.

Key information

UCAS code:

B930

Typical offer:

120-128 UCAS points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 80 points in specific subjects

See full entry requirements
Study mode and duration
Start date

Showing content for section Overview

Overview

Learn to play a vital role in helping people live longer, healthier lives on this BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Human Biosciences dual degree course. You'll discover how to investigate the biology of disease to fight its effects on individuals, families and communities.

You'll learn how to use research to ask and answer key questions about human diseases, and how to identify and monitor diseases in the lab using leading diagnostic techniques.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to pursue a career in hospital-based biomedical science (after further work-based training), or to take on another related career path, such as biomedical research or contributing to clinical trials to find new medical treatments.

Study in Portsmouth and spend a year studying overseas at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Australia, gaining two degrees - BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Human Biosciences and Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Bioscience). Your global outlook will help you make an impact in the world of biomedical science, disease awareness, detection and prevention.

Course highlights

  • Explore the causes, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions, and get an in-depth understanding of the scientific methods used to investigate human health and disease
  • Study the main pathology specialisms, including molecular biology, haematology, microbiology, histology, clinical biochemistry, immunology and blood transfusion
  • Broaden your horizons and complement your learning in Portsmouth with a year spent studying biomedical science in Australia, developing your understanding of forensic genetics, development and ageing with an expert team
  • Learn how to diagnose and research diseases in our labs and simulation facilities, kitted out with industry-leading microscopes, spectroscopy and chromatography equipment
  • Get involved with internationally recognised biomedical research into fields like microbiology, neuro-oncology and precision medicine
  • Be taught by an expert team with over 40 years' experience teaching biomedical science, including many HCPC-registered Biomedical Scientists
  • Understand the value a scientific education gives a global society, and examine the ethics of biomedical research

Why do a dual degree?

This course is a dual degree (also known as a double degree).

When you complete the course successfully, you'll have 2 degrees – one from the University of Portsmouth and one from Edith Cowan University.

Dual degrees allow you to achieve 2 degrees in 3.5 or 4 years rather than 6 years.

You'll benefit from a global education experience and the high-calibre teaching expertise, latest research and modern facilities at two universities. You'll also develop a more comprehensive knowledge of communication and media than on a single degree and gain an understanding of different cultures, which will help you work more effectively with people from different backgrounds.

All of this will help you stand out in a competitive job market after you graduate.

You'll be based in Portsmouth in years one and two, and for six months or a year at the end of the course. You'll spend year three in Perth, Western Australia at Edith Cowan University.

You'll get support with travel arrangements, visas, finding accommodation and accessing loans and other funding that can help pay for your study and living costs when you're in Australia.

Edith Cowan University is one of the top 100 young universities in the world one of the top 100 universities in the Asia-Pacific regions (Times Higher Education 2019 and 2020). The Good Universities Guide 2021 gives the University 5 out of 5 stars for its learner resources, student support, teaching quality and overall experience.

Like Portsmouth, Perth offers a mix of city and outdoor living. It's a great base for exploring Western Australia and beyond.

What is a dual degree?

Learn about our dual degree programmes with Edith Cowan University in Australia.

Chris Chang: We have a strategic partnership with Edith Cowan University in Australia, particularly for students who have not travelled abroad or lived abroad, that gives them the opportunity to experience a dual degree. The design of our programmes means that we have developed the programme from the ground up, which doesn't require you to study that much more time for a degree programme.

Heather Massey: There's lots of reasons why people might want to come and study this dual award course at the University of Portsmouth. Learning in a different environment from different tutors and the facilities that they have at Edith Cowan are absolutely first-class.

Chris Chang: Students have the opportunity to travel for a year and the question that some students will have is "how will I be able to afford this?" Now the UK Government has launched the Turing programme and what this programme does is fund them to do study abroad, internships, placements. It makes it accessible to all students from different groups, whether they are international students or students from the UK.

Dr Sarah Reynolds: Experiencing life in a different country. You would mature and develop your confidence during that time and definitely walk out of the degree, I think standing up a bit taller than if you hadn't.

Chris Chang: Now the benefits of this is that you can actually show to employers that you have two degrees from two different universities in two different countries. Jobs these days have changed quite substantially. Your future job may not be in the UK and employers are looking for the kind of employees that are able to work in different contexts, different cultures be able to work in multidisciplinary and multinational teams.

One of the other benefits of this programme is that you can actually travel around, not just, Australia but around the ASEAN region because from Perth it's a very short flight to Hong Kong; to Singapore; to Malaysia.

Heather Massey: It's an amazing opportunity to learn both from experts in their field, but also learn about how different people in a different culture operate.

Chris Chang: There are inter-semester breaks of two-three months and you should use that opportunity to see the world. The other thing that you have is having studied a year abroad, you will make friends who could in the future be your supporters, be your allies, and be your collaborators of the future.

Dr Leah Fox: Even though they're geographically away. They'll still be able to get access to that same level of support as they were getting in Portsmouth. They'll have access to wellbeing, they'll have access to financial services, they'll have access to personal tutoring.

Chris Chang: These courses that we have delivered so far: Global Sport Management, Cybersecurity, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Environmental Science and Management are all in very specialist and niche areas. Means that wherever you end up working or living, you're prepared for it. The demand for these courses are high, so we want highly motivated students who will benefit from this programme and benefit from a year abroad.

Dr Leah Fox: We're looking for an applicant who wants to make a change, who is open minded and prepared to be confronted with a number of challenges. But overall, someone who is curious and wants to learn.

Contact information

Admissions

+44 (0) 23 9284 5566

Contact Admissions

Entry requirements

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Human Biosciences entry requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels - ABB-BBB
  • UCAS points - 120-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from Biology plus 40 points from a second Science subject or Mathematics. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application. (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM  
  • International Baccalaureate - 25

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

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.

Typical offers

  • A levels - ABB-BBB
  • UCAS points - 120-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from Biology plus 40 points from a second Science subject or Mathematics. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application. (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM  
  • International Baccalaureate - 25

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

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.

We look at more than just your grades

While we consider your grades when making an offer, we also carefully look at your circumstances and other factors to assess your potential. These include whether you live and work in the region and your personal and family circumstances which we assess using established data.

Explore more about how we make your offer

Facilities

Pharmacy and Biomedical Science Teaching Centre

Practise the skills needed to diagnose and help people manage diseases, including collaborative microscopy - examining 3D microscopic images on a big screen with academics and other students. 

A collective microscopy session in our Pharmacy and Biomedical Science Teaching Centre
Explore Centre

Institute of Life Sciences and Healthcare

We're exploring disciplinary boundaries to discover, understand and develop knowledge for the benefit of the environment and humankind.

Close up of a gloved hand and some petri dishes
Read more

Biophysical laboratories

Use professional-standard equipment to explore how the structures and functions of molecules change under different conditions.

Female student  on computer in biology lab
Explore labs

Centre for Simulation in Health and Care

Learn practical healthcare skills and apply your anatomical and physiological knowledge in a safe, contextual space using current clinical equipment.

Student nurses treating patient
Read more

Careers and opportunities

Biomedical science is crucial to public health the world over - it's how most patients' conditions are identified and how we can keep improving the effectiveness of the treatments that fight them. Here in the UK, over 70% of NHS diagnoses are based on lab findings by biomedical scientists.

With the two degrees and international scientific study experience you'll earn on this BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Human Biosciences dual degree, you'll complete the course as a globally-competitive graduate ready to contribute to this vital field.

Once you graduate, you'll be able to take further training to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and work as a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS, or in private or international settings. You could also apply for work or postgraduate study in Australia using your links at Edith Cowan University. 

Possible postgraduate study options include a Master's in Medical Biotechnology or Biomedical Engineering. You could also choose to become a researcher, or work in clinical trials, medical sales or biotechnology.

The Biomedical Science and Pharmacology Careers Conference

During your second year at Portsmouth, you'll have the chance to attend our Biomedical Science and Pharmacology Careers Conference, where you can hear directly from Biomedical Science graduates about their career pathways and what their roles involve. At previous conferences, graduate careers represented include biomedical science, clinical trials, medical sales, biomedical research, teaching, Physician Associates and medicine.

Society memberships

As a student on this course, you'll be eligible to apply for membership of the following societies:

Previous Biomedical Science graduates have gone on to work in roles in areas such as:

  • NHS and private healthcare
  • STEM teaching
  • research
  • clinical trials
  • medical sales
  • biotech

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • biomedical scientist (following completion of the IBMS Registration Portfolio)
  • clinical scientist (via Scientist Training Programme)
  • physician associate (following MSc qualification)
  • doctor or dentist (following appropriate degree)
  • clinical trials assistant
  • research associate or PhD to become a professional researcher
  • teacher (following appropriate postgraduate qualification)

Ongoing careers support

To give you the best chance of securing the ideal job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability Service can help you find relevant short-term work experience during your course.

We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Modules

Each module on this course is worth 15, 20 or 40 credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

In your final year, you'll complete your dissertation worth 40 credits, alongside taught modules worth 80 credits.

What you'll study

Core modules

All modules in this year are core.

You'll take part in introductory sessions and take on a collaborative approach to learning. You'll undertake formative assessments and peer reviews throughout the module to continually monitor your understanding of the subject and engage in team work. You'll promote successful collaboration within your groups by administering your own interventions to encourage individual and team development.

You'll explore the structures and functions of biologically important molecules, metabolic biochemistry, basic microbiology, molecular biology, genetics and inheritance. You'll also learn an outline of the basic anatomy and physiology of major body systems (excluding the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system and sympathetic nervous system).

In this wide-ranging module, you'll critique science reporting in the news, develop mathematical and statistical skills for analysis of data, and undertake a lab proficiency skills assessment. You'll develop a scientiific portfolio, and reflect on your personal development needs in supportive tutorials.

It provides an overview and important grounding in the pathological disciplines and 'sets the scene' for Pathological Sciences 2 and Pathological Sciences 3 modules. An important part of this module will involve becoming aware and confident using terminology associated with each discipline and recognition of the fundamental principles in each of the studied areas. You will learn how to represent the role in healthcare of studied pathological disciplines creatively, about career progression routes and the importance of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) for the course accreditation and Biomedical Scientist registration.

In addition, it provides a grounding in enzymes and enzyme kinetics, together with drug-receptor interactions, how the body handles drugs, and the processes surrounding drug discovery, clinical trials and medicines regulation.

Core modules

In this module, you'll examine the wonders of the human body's physiological mechanisms and their related disorders. Through formal and practical learning, including simulations, you'll discuss the causes, symptoms and diagnoses of a range of conditions.

Study how different immune system components work cooperatively to eliminate infections and analyse immunodeficiencies, hypersensitivities and inflammations through clinical scenarios. You'll explore acute and chronic wound healing processes and and learn the uses of correct clinical tests to support diagnosis. You'll gain solid understanding of the role antibodies play in safe blood banking practice and how the manipulating the properties of these antibodies can be used in healthcare. Finish with an advanced knowledge of normal and abnormal immune function, and enhanced skills in critical thinking, laboratory techniques and data analysis.

Further to this, it introduces a wide range of applications of these techniques to research and development. Laboratory and data analysis workshops are utilised to demonstrate theory into practice, and develop practical skills. These are delivered through a predominantly face to face approach, with some online (asynchronous and synchronous) activities.

You'll interpret laboratory data while discussing associated biochemical, microbial and physiological processes. And you'll learn to understand the links between symptoms, diagnoses and treatments. After completing this module, you'll have learned integral skills for advanced clinical practice, essential for Insitute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accreditation.

Explore healthcare disparities as you grow your understanding of research, ethics and analysis. You'll refine your approach to research and uncover the skills you need to prepare a robust research proposal. By the end of this module, you'll be able to confidently identify different types of research study, describe their contribution to evidence-based medicine, and explain the value of clinical trials in modern research.

Optional modules

You’ll rapidly build knowledge across disciplines like marketing, finance and project management. You'll become equipped to evaluate and pursue new commercial opportunities. 

Working in teams, you’ll practice skills from communication to negotiation by developing plans for a prospective venture, receiving expert insights from practitioners along the way. With assessments focused on conceiving and presenting an impactful business case, you’ll strengthen abilities to persuade with data-backed reasoning.

The following modules are taught at the partner institution Edith Cowan University.

Core modules include:

  • Advanced Biomedical Techniques – 15 credits
  • Biomedical Ethics – 15 credits
  • Developmental Biology – 15 credits
  • Evolutionary Perspectives on Health and Disease – 15 credits
  • Forensic Genetics – 15 credits
  • Human Molecular Genetics – 15 credits
  • Human Reproduction, Development and Ageing – 15 credits
  • The Biology of Human Disease – 15 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules

Undertake in depth study of a variety of cellular processes and how defects in these processes can lead to malignancy, and mitochondrial disorders. Examine how genetic lesions underpin the pathophysiology of selected disease states and consider the diagnosis and treatment of selected genetic diseases. You'll develop your knowledge and critical thinking through a face to face learning and guided online activities, and continually monitor your subject understanding through formative assessments (e.g. knowledge check quizzes).

You'll critically discuss the mechanisms of disease initiation and development at the molecular, cellular and systems levels, and the approaches and strategies employed for prevention and management of infectious diseases. You'll also critically discuss approaches to the diagnosis and monitoring of selected disease states, current clinical and laboratory practices for stem cell and solid organ transplantation, and the aetiology, pathology, diagnosis and management of selected complex and multi-system diseases.

You'll explore disciplines such as histopathology, haematology, blood transfusion, microbiology and clinical biochemistry. Similarly to Pathological Sciences 1 and 2, you'll gain understanding of the biomedical science core disciplines that are essential for the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accreditation.

Choose to collect new data in the lab or field, or else analyse existing datasets, or conduct an in-depth literature-based systematic review. You'll work with your supervisor and consider the relevant ethical and safety guidelines as you conduct your research, refining your quantitative and qualitative research methods to draw convincing conclusions. As well as developing your project and research skills, this module enhances your job application and interview techniques so you finish your studies ready to take positive next steps towards your future career.

Optional modules

You will attend research debate, webinars, and seminars, which will support your understanding of the scope, relevance and impact of the research and could serve as a catalyst for your own future research career choice. You will practise writing academic scientific manuscripts and research grant proposals. During journal club discussions and presentations of scientific articles, you will work as part of a small group. However, you will also have the chance to showcase your independent learning and engagement with the topics by completing a portfolio throughout the module. The portfolio will serve as a useful tool in keeping you up to date with current research in the medical and biomedical science world. Undertaking of this module will help to prepare for applications for MRes and MSc in Biomedical Research, or similar.

Working in teams, you'll evaluate clinical and laboratory findings, diagnose conditions and recommend evidence-based care pathways. You'll investigate different sources to build and demonstrate in-depth understanding. You'll refine your teamworking abilities - from delegation to conflict resolution - while group projects and receiving feedback from your peers. This module equips you with competencies like communication, ethics and critical thinking – skills that are highly valued across healthcare careers.

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, course content is revised and regularly reviewed.  This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • laboratory and scientific reports
  • computer based exercises
  • practical assessments
  • essays and portfolios
  • PowerPoint presentations and posters
  • oral presentations (individual and group)
  • collaborative case books
  • videos, Tweetorials, websites and apps

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

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical lab work
  • workshops
  • collaborative and peer-assisted learning
  • simulation

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a web connection.

Academic staff have expertise in clinical practice and research. Our HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists work closely with the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) advisory panels to ensure what you learn reflects new development and technology in the field.

Two of our HCPC registered staff are also members of the Institute of Biomedical Science Specialist Advisory Panel for their disciplines, as well as deputy chief examiners for professional exams. Many of the course team are Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, and some have won student-led awards for their approaches to teaching and student support.

The complementary curriculum at Edith Cowan University is taught by experts in the fields of precision medicine, genetics, forensic genetics, development, reproduction and ageing.

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.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your dual degree.

In your first year, you'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops for about 12–20 hours a 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, 3 and 4 but this depends 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.

Term times

University of Portsmouth (years 1, 2 and 4)

The academic year at University of Portsmouth runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2 

Edith Cowan University (year 3)

The academic year at Edith Cowan University runs from February to November with breaks at Easter and in June. It's divided into 2 semesters and 2 exam periods:

  • February to May – semester 1 (includes Easter break)
  • June – exam period 1
  • July to October – semester 2 
  • November – exam period 2

You'll start year 3 at Edith Cowan University in July. This follows the end of the second academic year in Portsmouth. You’ll finish your year studying abroad in May the following year.

Where you'll study (year 3)

You'll study at Edith Cowan University's Joondalup Campus during your third year and student accommodation is available on the Mount Lawley Campus, although other options are available. Both campuses offer a library, computer labs, cafes, bars, a fitness centre, student support and counselling services.

The exterior of Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia
Students at Edith Cowan University
Students at Edith Cowan University

Supporting you

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 face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services.

You'll also have full access to all of these Portsmouth University support services while you're in Australia.

Types of support

You'll have a personal tutor from the University of Portsmouth and a country link tutor from Edith Cowan University when you're studying in Perth in year 3.

Your personal tutors help you make the transition to independent study and give you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You’ll have regular contact with them in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support. They'll be available virtually in year 3 when you're in Australia.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support 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

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

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

Fees may be subject to annual increase.

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Year 1, 2 and 4 –  £9,250 a year
  • Year 3 – £1,385

EU students

  • Year 1, 2 and 4 –  £9,250 a year
  • Year 3 – £1,385

Includes Transition Scholarship.

International students

  • Year 1, 2 and 4  – £19,200 a year
  • Year 3 – £2,000

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Year 1, 2 and 4 –  £9,250 a year
  • Year 3 – £1,385

EU students

  • Year 1, 2 and 4 –  £9,250 a year
  • Year 3 – £1,385

Includes Transition Scholarship.

International students

  • Year 1, 2 and 4  – £19,200 a year
  • Year 3 – £2,000

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.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights 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'll need to pay for meal and other living costs while completing compulsory fieldwork, amounting to £50-£1000. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by your course fee.

You'll also need to contribute towards the cost of any optional fieldwork programmes, which usually come to £50 -£1000.

You'll need to cover your living costs and pay additional costs of £3,000–£4,000 to cover travel to and from Australia in year 3. You can cover these costs using a UK Government student loan.

We can advise you on travel arrangements, visas, finding accommodation and accessing a student loan that can help pay for your study and living costs when you're in Australia.

Information about your study abroad year

To study in Australia on your study abroad year, you'll need the correct visa. You'll need to make sure you satisfy the Australian Government Immigration requirements when you apply - which is typically in the 2nd year of your course. 

Requirements can vary from year to year, so it's important to check your eligibility in advance to prepare for your visa application.

If you're unsure or have questions, get in touch.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2024, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – B930
  • our institution code – P80

 Apply now through UCAS

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.

To start this course in 2025, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – B930
  • our institution code – P80

 Apply now through UCAS

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.

Applying from outside the UK

As an international student you'll apply using the same process as UK students, but you’ll need to consider a few extra things. 

You can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

Find out what additional information you need in 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.