What to expect at our Postgraduate And Part-time Open Evening

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We're looking forward to meeting you at the next Postgraduate Open Evening. Here’s a quick overview of what to expect on the night.


The Open Evening starts with registration from 4pm–5pm at Portland Building, Portland Street, PO1 3AH. Once you’ve signed in, you’ll get your programme for the evening, and our staff will point you to where you need to go next. There’s no need to bring anything with you – we’ll provide everything you need on the night.

If you’re arriving from outside the city, you can download our campus map, visit our maps and directions page, or head to the 'How to get here' section below. Our campus is small, but we recommend planning your route so you don’t miss anything.

If you’ve got questions, give our Postgraduate team a call on 023 9284 2707 or email postgraduate@port.ac.uk.

Speak to a subject specialist

Whether you want to talk to a course leader or an admissions expert, all the right people will be available. You can speak to them on a one-to-one basis between 4pm–7pm.

Staff for taught and research subjects will also be on hand, as will staff from our degree apprenticeships and continued professional development short courses.

Subject talks:

All of the following key talks are delivered twice. You don't need to book in advance – simply choose the most convenient time for you, and show up. You can attend as many as you like.

All talks last 25 minutes.

  • An introduction to the Faculty of Business and Law

Times: 4.30pm and 5.30pm

The Head of Postgraduate Taught Business Programmes will provide an overview of postgraduate provision and support within the faculty. Course leaders will also be available to discuss individual courses.

  • Research degrees

Times: 4.30pm and 5.30pm

The Director of our Graduate School will introduce the different research pathways at the University, including PhDs, Professional Doctorates and MPhils.

  • Teacher Training

Times: 4.30pm and 6.30pm

Our Head of the School of Education and Childhood Studies will provide an overview of our PGCE programmes, CertEd and Early Years Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

Additional talks

All of the following key talks are delivered twice. You don't need to book in advance – simply choose the most convenient time for you, and show up. You can attend as many as you like.

All talks last 25 minutes.

  • Continued Professional Development (CPD) short courses

Times: 5pm and 6pm

Our Director of CPD will discuss our professional development short courses.

  • Degree apprenticeships

Times: 5pm and 6pm

The Degree Apprenticeship Office will introduce our degree apprenticeship courses. This route enables you to study on a day release basis. 

  • Funding your postgraduate study

Times: 5pm and 6pm

Our Student Finance team will talk through available funding options, application processes and repayment.  

  • How to apply

Times: 5pm and 6pm

Our Admissions team explain the application process step by step, highlighting key considerations and timescales.

  • Learning while working

Times: 5pm and 6pm

Our Learning at Work team will present their flexible postgraduate degrees that can be tailored to your job and your employer’s objectives.

  • Postgraduate study and your career

Times: 5pm and 6pm

Our in-house Careers Advisers will explain how postgraduate study can enhance your employment prospects.

How to get here

Park and Ride

As with any city, parking in Portsmouth is limited. The Park and Ride offers a quick, easy way into Portsmouth at a cost of £4 per vehicle. Access the service from the M275 at the entrance to the city and allow 20 minutes for the onward journey. The closest stop to Portland Building is Queen Street East, just a short walk away.

By car

Take the M275 into Portsmouth (signed 'Portsmouth West'), whether you arrive from the east (A3(M)/A27) or the west (M27 Junction 12). If you arrive from A3(M)/A27, ignore junctions signed to Southsea and Hilsea and follow the M275.

Continue along the M275 onto the A3. As you pass St John's Cathedral, continue straight on at the traffic lights. St John's Cathedral is at the top of the Guildhall Campus map.

Limited free spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in selected University car parks at the postcodes below:

  • Anglesea Rear PO1 3DJ
  • Mildam PO1 3AS
  • Portland PO1 3AH

Please note, staff may be using spaces until approximately 5pm.

There are public car parks throughout the city and ample on-street pay-and-display parking available nearby.

By train

The closest train station for the Portland Building is ‘Portsmouth Harbour’ – a 10-minute walk (see the Guildhall Campus map).

By coach

Regular daily direct coach services arrive from London (for countrywide connections), Bristol (for West Country/South Wales), Birmingham (the Midlands and the North), Heathrow and other locations. These services all call at The Hard Interchange by Portsmouth Harbour railway station. From here, the Portland Building is a 10-minute walk (see the Guildhall Campus map).