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Applying from Iran?

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

If you’re from Iran 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 Iran

If you're joining us from Iran, 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

If you take the High School Diploma (3 or 4 years), 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 have achieved good grades in the Iranian National University Entrance Examination (Pishdaneshgahe),Kunkour or Fogh-Diplom/Kardani, 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.

You can also 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 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.

If you have a High National Diploma (HND) or Higher Diploma you can apply for advanced entry onto a relevant undergraduate programme.

APTECH students should contact us regarding advanced entry and course progression.

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 good Bachelor degree such as a Sarjana (S1) that is A accredited
  • a good degree (Licence or Karshenasi) from a recognised university with a minimum GPA of 12

If you don't meet the postgraduate entry requirements, you can do a pre-Master's programme at International 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 Iran, like you, to apply to join us. Whatever you want to know, just ask.

Scholarships and Bursaries

As an international student, you may be eligible for a scholarship. You can find out what is available to you on our funding pages.  


If you are making a payment from one of the following sanctioned countries we will require further information from you confirming the source of funding:

  • Syria
  • North Korea
  • Iran
  • Sudan
  • Cuba
  • Crimean Peninsula

Please contact the Financial Controller by emailing sanctions@port.ac.uk

Representatives and agents

If you want to learn more about studying with us or you want help with your application, contact one of our official representatives in Iran

Agents in Iran accordion

IDP Education Ltd.

No. 3
Sanaz dead-End
Ghalandari Sy, Mirzapour St.
Shariati Ave
Tehran, PO Box 1931744953

Contact Person: Elnaz Atashbiz elnaz.atashbiz@idp.com
Email: info.tehran@idp.com
Tel: (+98) 21 2224 671013
Tel: (+98) 91 2585 2461

Website: idp.com/iran

UK Study Ltd

Unit 2
4th Floor
Number 2
Chaman Deadlock
Valiasr Street
PO Box 1511943967

Tel: (+98) 21 8865 2080
Fax: (+98) 21 8865 2238
Email: ali.s@ukstudy.com

Website: ukstudy.com

UK Study Ltd

Unit 4
Gordon Mews
Gordon Close
BN41 1HU

Email: ali.s@ukstudy.com
Tel: (+44) 12 7372 5577
Fax: (+44) 12 7372 4466

Website: ukstudy.com

Events in Iran accordian

We don't have any current events planned in Iran. You can contact our staff for support, or speak to an agent in your region for more assistance.