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Applying from China?

Here's all the information you need to study with us

If you’re from China and interested in studying in the UK, the University of Portsmouth is a great place to fulfil your ambitions. And if you’re ready to take the next step, we’re ready to help you get here.

On this page, you'll find information about where you can meet us in your region, what you need to do to apply for a course with us and contact details for our people in your area.

Entry requirements for students from China

If you're joining us from China, the entry requirements you need to meet will depend on the course you want to study.

We consider all applications we receive. However, to make sure you get the most out of your time studying with us and have the best chance of applying successfully, we recommend the following minimum qualifications:

Foundation courses

Entry requirements vary depending on which course you’re applying for, but if you have a Diploma from a Specialised College (zhong zhuan), the High School Diploma and the High School Graduation Equivalency, you'll usually need to do a foundation year before doing an undergraduate course such as a Bachelor's degree.

We recommend you take a foundation course at our associated college International College Portsmouth (ICP).

Undergraduate courses

If you've completed the Chinese Senior High School Diploma plus one year at a recognised university in China, we'll consider you for admission onto an undergraduate course such as a Bachelor's degree. You must have studied relevant subjects and achieved strong grades.

If you don't have a Chinese Senior High School Diploma, you can apply with:

A levels

  • Please check your specific course page to find the exact number of points needed. Your A level grades should equal or exceed the total points required. You can use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your total points.
  • Some courses will require you to have studied specific subjects at A level. For example, to study a science course you will usually need to have achieved passing grades in scientific subjects at A level.
  • A level points: A* = 56 A = 48 B = 40 C = 32 D = 24.

International Baccalaureate

  • Most courses will require between 24 and 31 points in the International Baccalaureate (IB), depending on the degree you apply for.

You may also be considered for advanced entry onto a relevant undergraduate degree programme if you have a College Graduation Diploma (Dazhuan) from a recognised university or college on completion of two to three years of study, or a BTEC HND or SQA HND Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject.

You may be able to join an undergraduate course with other qualifications. We do consider qualifications from a range of sources. Contact us to find out more.

Postgraduate courses

For entry to our postgraduate Master's programmes, you'll usually need to have one of the following from a recognised Higher Education institution:

  • a Bachelor's degree (normally from a four year undergraduate programme)
  • a Bachelor's degree from Higher Education Self-Study Examinations (full time)
  • a top-up degree or university-recognised Pre-Master’s Foundation programme

Typical minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements:

  • From 2.8 on a scale of 1-4
  • From 7 on a scale of 1-10

If you don't meet the postgraduate entry requirements, you can do a pre-Master's programme atInternational College Portsmouth (ICP) for many of our courses.


We'll consider you for a PhD if you have a good Master’s degree and submit a research proposal.

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English language requirements

When you join us, it’s important that you can speak and understand English to the level that your course requires. The specific English language requirements will be on your chosen course page.

We accept IELTS, IGCSE and several other certificates, but don’t worry if you're currently short of the standard required – we offer English Language Programmes that will get you to the necessary level.

What to do next

Ready to start your adventure with us? Whether you know which degree course you want to do or not, get in touch with us now or meet us at an event near you to discuss your next steps.

Our Global Officers are experts in helping students from China, like you, to apply to join us. Whatever you want to know, just ask.

Scholarships and Bursaries

As a student from China, you can apply for various scholarships and bursaries, including the International Alumni Referral Award, PassPort Bursary and Chevening Scholarship. You can find more information about these on our funding page.

SQA Advanced Diploma Scholarship

The Advanced Diploma Scholarship from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is worth £2,000 to £3,000. You can apply for this scholarship if you meet the following conditions:

  • you're a Chinese mainland student
  • you will graduate in 2019  
  • you've firmly accepted an unconditional or conditional offer with us
  • you've achieved, or are predicted to achieve, a general Graded Unit of A (i.e. AAA or AA) with no subject grade below 60 from your academic studies or you have significant, relevant social practices experience, or managerial or professional work experience
  • you've achieved English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
  • you haven't yet started your postgraduate course with us

You must apply for this scholarship before you start your course. Applications are open from 1 May 2019 - 15 June 2019. 

If your application is successful, we’ll assess your application and grades against other applications to decide the scholarship amount you’ll be granted. Your scholarship amount will be automatically discounted from your tuition fee at the start of your course. 

How to apply

Full details of the application process are on our Chinese website.

Representatives and agents

If you want to learn more about studying with us or you want help with your application, contact our official representative in China:

Agents in China

China Office

University of Portsmouth
Shanghai Office
Room 1006
Lansheng Plaza
8 Central Huaihai Road

Tel: (+86) 216319-1155

Events in China


Date: Various

Event type: All events

Venue: Various

Location: Various locations

We regularly attend education events and conduct student interviews across the region. For more details, please visit the University of Portsmouth, China website.