January 2020

Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

Prepare for a career as a biomedical scientist with this IBMS and RSB accredited degree. Work for a year at an IBMS-approved laboratory, allowing you to register as a Biomedical Scientist with the HCPC when you graduate.

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University of Portsmouth Connected Degree - 3 year course with 4th year placement

Key information

UCAS code:

B940

Accreditation:

This course is Accredited

Typical offer:

112-120 from 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include 80 points in specific subjects

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Biomedical scientists help identify rare diseases, diagnose disease, research disease processes and monitor patients’ treatment. On this accredited BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree, you’ll develop the expertise you need to start making your own contribution to the medical advances of the future. 

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) – a mandatory requirement if you want to work in the NHS after graduation. It's also accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

Course highlights

  • Put your knowledge to the test in our labs and simulation facilities, which are kitted out with industry-leading microscopes, spectroscopy and chromatography equipment
  • Get involved with internationally recognised biomedical research into fields like neuro-oncology (the study of brain and spinal cord cancers) at our Institute of Life Sciences and Healthcare
  • Take an optional work placement year at an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) approved clinical training laboratory, and you'll be eligible to apply for registration as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) when you graduate
  • Have a chance to take an international placement within a recognised biomedical research organisation as part of the Turing Scheme

95%

of graduates in work or further study 15 months after this course

(HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/2019)

Royal Society of Biology (RSB) 
Accredited Degree

5th

for Anatomy and Physiology in the UK

(Guardian University Guide, 2024)

Accredited by:

This programme has been accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Royal Society of Biology, following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

Studying Biomedical Science at the University of Portsmouth

Students and staff at the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences talk about our Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) course at the University of Portsmouth.

Dr Gavin Knight: I think Biomedical Science is a really up and coming area and we are always at the forefront of Biomedical Science delivery and education.

We cover all the main pathological disciplines: haematology, microbiology, biochemistry, histology and blood transfusion So people get a really good overview of what Biomedical Science in a clinical practice is all about using a case study based approach, and all the background science that accompanies it to make that understandable as well.

As part of the Biomedical Science course and our 3 year or 4 year route we have opportunities for placement. We’ve got great partnerships with our NHS providers, they provide us with a lot of opportunities for students to go out and learn to be biomedical scientists as part of the course.

Donna: The facilities here at the University of Portsmouth are really cutting edge. We have a lot of technology and lots of hands on equipment that get you ready for when you go out into the working world.

To other students thinking of applying to this course I would say go for it! You get so much support from your lecturers and personal tutor and it’s pushed me out of my comfort zone but it’s made me grow quite a lot and challenge me to do things that I didn’t think I could do before.

Dr Gavin Knight: Portsmouth is absolutely the place to be to learn how to become a biomedical scientist.

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Entry requirements

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science entry requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels - BBB-BBC
  • UCAS points - 112-120 from 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include 40 points from Biology and 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)
  • T-levels - Merit. Acceptable T Level Subjects:
    T Level in Health, T Level in Healthcare Science, T Level in Science (Acceptable Occupational Specialisms: Laboratory sciences)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM-DMM
  • International Baccalaureate - 29

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 - BBB-BBC
  • UCAS points - 112-120 from 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include 40 points from Biology and 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)
  • T-levels - Merit. Acceptable T Level Subjects:
    T Level in Health, T Level in Healthcare Science, T Level in Science (Acceptable Occupational Specialisms: Laboratory sciences)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM-DMM
  • International Baccalaureate - 29

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.

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.

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If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be able to join this course after you successfully complete a foundation year.

Your 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.

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Pharmaceutics Laboratories

Develop a better understanding of the causes and consequences of diseases in these labs, as well as the skills and expertise needed to develop and test new drugs.

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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.

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Biophysical laboratories

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

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Careers and opportunities

Whether it's processing tests for diseases such as coronavirus or providing diagnosis services to GPs, accident and emergency departments and other health services, registered Biomedical Scientists play a key role in public health.

They analyse fluid and tissue samples from patients in order to identify diseases or evaluate the effectiveness of different treatments. In fact, more than 70% of NHS diagnoses are based on lab findings by biomedical scientists, so it's a profession that's always in high demand.

On this BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree, you’ll learn to diagnose, monitor and manage health conditions. You’ll learn from our outstanding team of biomedical scientists and researchers whose work is shaping the understanding of conditions, such as brain tumours.

HCPC registration

After you've graduated and completed 12 months of work-based learning within an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) approved clinical training laboratory, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and work as a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS and private settings.

Royal Society of Biology membership

You can also apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology, which gives you access to professional networks and exclusive grants and awards.

The lecturers support you and encourage you to get involved with the endless opportunities available, so you can make the most of your student experience, while also gaining key transferable skills.

Laura Porcza, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

What areas can you work in with a biomedical science degree?

You can use your biomedical science knowledge in related fields such as:

  • scientific research
  • teaching (with further training)
  • scientific writing
  • medical sales
  • medicine and dentistry (with further training at medical or dental school)
  • becoming a Physician Associate (with further training)
  • postgraduate study or research

Graduate roles and destinations

Roles recent graduates have gone on to do include:

  • biomedical scientist
  • clinical trial coordinator
  • medical lab assistant
  • science teacher
  • dental nurse
  • medical affairs executive

They've gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Pall Europe
  • Pfizer
  • Roche
  • Viapath
  • Imperial College London
  • Bristol Royal Infirmary
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"Choosing to study biomedical science at Portsmouth meant I was able to enter my current career directly from university."

Simon Munro, Senior Biomedical Scientist

Read about Simon's post-grad career in the NHS

Potential salary

As a biomedical scientist in the NHS in 2021, you could expect a starting salary of £25,655 moving up to £31,534 (Band 5).

With more experience, you could earn from £32,306 to £39,027 (Band 6) and with a role as a senior biomedical scientist, you could make between £40,057 (Band 7) and £53,219 (Band 8a), or more as a consultant biomedical scientist.

Placement year

After your second or third year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Placements give you the opportunity to apply what you've learnt so far in a real workplace, boosting your employability and making you attractive to employers after graduation.

If you do your placement in an IBMS-approved NHS pathology laboratory, you can complete the IBMS registration portfolio. This means you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a Biomedical Scientist when you graduate.

Our students have completed clinical placements at the following hospitals:

  • University Hospital Southampton
  • Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
  • Royal Bournemouth Hospital
  • Poole Hospital
  • Salisbury District Hospital

Whichever route you choose, you'll receive support and guidance. Our specialist team of Science and Health Careers advisors can help you with finding a work placement and improving your employability skills. They'll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, support with your job search – including help with applications and interviews – and support throughout your placement year.

Summer research placement

You'll also have the opportunity to apply to a study exchange scheme, which involves a summer research placement through the Turing Scheme.

Ongoing careers support

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability Service as you advance in your career.

Modules

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.

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.

Developmental Biology investigates the development of multicellular organisms throughout their lifespan, from the start of life and the emergence of the first organs to the changes in external appearance and organ function as well as organ repair and regeneration in the adult. Over the last nine decades, research in the field of developmental biology has led to major discoveries (and Nobel Prizes) and has spurred substantial medical progress (IVF, gene- and stem cell-based therapy, understanding of cancer). However, this progress has also sparked controversy (e.g. on therapeutic cloning, eugenics, xenotransplantation) and has shaken views on human identity and evolution.

You'll explore how, after fertilisation, functional organs and the adult body form emerges in the embryo, and you'll discuss how deviations from these developmental processes may result in major birth defects. You'll also investigate how cells and stem cells repair organs in the adult.

The content of the module will be delivered in lectures and workshops. In addition, you'll learn the basic practical skills of how to handle small samples under a microscope. The workshops support critical and independent thinking about the taught topics and re-emphasise the abstract concepts in developmental biology. In addition, the workshops and the second practical/demo in lecturers' research labs will discuss how scientific discoveries in developmental biology have been made and are being made today, and how we ensure that research aligns with the requirements of research ethics.

The modules does this by covering a number key aspects of the academic component of the IBMS Registration Portfolio. These include but are not restricted to: NHS structure, legislation covering working in a care laboratory setting e.g. audits, accreditation, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, good laboratory practice, health and safety, licensing, safeguarding responsibilities for staff and patients.

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.

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.

On this course you'll:

  • Compare and contrast the major developmental mechanisms in embryos from a range of model organisms.
  • Assess the relationship between developmental biology and evolution.
  • Propose appropriate experimental systems to investigate specific problems in developmental biology.
  • Analyse and interpret data relating to developmental biology
  • Critically assess the main lines of reasoning in landmark papers in development biology.
  • Identify and access relevant literature and information sources including online databases.

The modules does this by covering a number key aspects of the academic component of the IBMS Registration Portfolio. These include but are not restricted to: NHS structure, legislation covering working in a care laboratory setting e.g. audits, accreditation, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, good laboratory practice, health and safety, licensing, safeguarding responsibilities for staff and patients. Within this module, you'll have the opportunity to learn with and from other healthcare professions through interprofessional educational activities.

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.

Working with your host institution – whether it be a company, clinical laboratory, or academic research lab – you may use laboratory methods or another practical method to gather data for your research. Focusing on a topic within biomedical sciences or pharmacology, you'll work closely with an on-site supervisor to complete your project on placement, before working with a campus-based academic supervisor in your final year to review your analysis and conclusions. You'll understand the risks, regulations, procedures and ethics for your project, considering the specific needs of your workplace. You'll finish this module with a deeper understanding of the workplaces you could enter, preparing you to make informed decisions about further study or job opportunities.

In this module, you'll plan, organise and negotiate an individual learning contract with an employer, and learn work procedures and techniques related to your field of study. As you build your experience of professional work in science and health, you'll draw connections to your degree study, and build a realistic, reflective assessment of yourself, your career aims, and the skills you need to develop to achieve them.

Fast-track your personal and professional development with the opportunity study abroad in a higher education setting through a one year study placement or gain work experience in an NHS or industrial placement.

Depending what you choose, you'll develop intercultural awareness and other skills relevant to your future employability by undertaking additional learning in an international environment, or have the opportunity to or take on an optional year-long placement module where you'll work in a biomedical role and reflect on what you've done, the skills and abilities you've gained, and challenges you have met and overcome.

This is a Connected Degree

We're the only university that gives you the flexibility to choose when to take a work placement. Take it after your 2nd year, before returning to finish your studies. Or after your final year, connecting you into the workplace.

If you're not sure if or when to take your placement, don't worry. You'll have plenty of time to settle into your studies and explore your options before making your choice.

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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.

How you're assessed

  • essays
  • laboratory reports
  • workshops
  • presentations
  • group work
  • practical assessment classes

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
  • guided reading
  • collaborative and peer-assisted learning
  • simulation

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.

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

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

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 degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as tutorials, lectures, seminars and practical classes and workshops for about 14 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 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.

Term dates

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

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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 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.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

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)
  • 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

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International (non-EU) students – £19,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International (non-EU) students – £19,200 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.

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 get free safety equipment at the start of the course. However, you may have to pay a small amount to replace lost or damaged equipment.

If you take optional work-based learning units, you’ll need to pay for travel to and from placements, which normally costs around £50.

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 – £1,385 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £1,385 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £2,875  a year (subject to annual increase)

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Applying for year 2 or 3

If you've already completed part of this course with us or another university and would like to apply for the second or third year with us in September 2024, use our online application form.

September 2025 applications

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

  • the UCAS course code – B940
  • 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.

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