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Applying from the Republic of Ireland?

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

If you’re from the Republic of Ireland 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 the Republic of Ireland

If you're joining us from the Republic of Ireland, 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:

Undergraduate courses

If you have the Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level), usually with a minimum of 'H3 H3 H3 H3 H4', 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 an Irish Leaving Certificate, 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 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 a Bachelor's degree with from a recognised Higher Education institution. Please see course pages for entry requirements. Work experience is required for several postgraduate courses and many courses will require you to have studied relevant subjects. Please see our full course list for more details.

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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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 the Republic of Ireland, like you, to apply to join us. Whatever you want to know, just ask.

Fees and funding 

If you're an Irish national living in the UK or Ireland, your right to study and access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement

In general, you'll continue to be required to meet the same criteria as UK nationals to be eligible for UK fees and funding.

As an Irish student, if you have achieved a first-class honours degree and accept an offer on a Master's course before 30 June 2021, you could get £3,000 off your course tuition fee with our Master's Scholarship for new students.

Events in Ireland

We don’t have any current events planned in the Republic of Ireland, but we do plan regular events so check back here often for more information. You can also email our staff for support.