Explore the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Explore the worlds of education, criminology, languages, history, sociology, English and politics

The best way to experience Portsmouth is in person – but if you can't make a trip to see us for an Open Day, this Virtual Experience is here to capture some of the character of our city, and to give you a taste of what life is like as a student in our Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Explore the Faculty

Find out more about the teaching and research activities taking place across the Faculty's four schools and institutes at the University of Portsmouth.

Explore our facilities

Discover some of the facilities you could use in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Crime scene simulation facility

Forensics student puts crime evidence in bag
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Digital Language Labs

Humanities Shoot; 17th June 2019
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Childhood play and development

Whistlejacket 2017
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Interpreter training suite

Male translator in speaking into microphone
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Learning Development Tutors

10th December 2018
CCI Facilities and Students
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The 3rd Space

Third space
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University Library

Female student in library looking over paperwork
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Careers support

Your degree is just one step on your career journey. We'll help you find a work placement during your studies, and our Careers and Employability Service can give you career guidance for up to 5 years after you graduate. We can even help you create your own startup company.

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Helping you reach your career goals, step by step

Find out more about placements in humanities and social science subjects

Life outside study

Portsmouth is a great place to live and one of the most affordable student cities in the UK. You'll have lots to discover, from independent cafes and bars, to sports clubs, societies, galleries and museums. And you'll have the opportunity to learn a new language.

Societies and the Students' Union

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Eating in the city

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Grub's up

Learn a foreign language

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Art, culture and nightlife

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Get cultured

Hear from our students

Let our students tell you what they love about studying with us, and find out where their degrees have taken them so far.

Abbi Mullan - BA (Hons) English Language

BA (Hons) English Language

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Ndanu Brown - BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Studies

BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Studies

Net Natives International Stories Campaign 2018.
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Beth Thomas - MRes Childhood Studies

MRes Childhood Studies

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Livia Fierro – BA (Hons) International Development Studies

BA (Hons) International Development Studies

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Our students' and academics' work

We're incredibly proud of our students and academics. Discover some of their stories of how they put their study and research into practice.

The lecturers' enthusiasm for their areas of expertise is infectious, and ensures that they create a comfortable environment where each voice and idea can be heard and recognised.

Jennifer Littlehales, BA (Hons) English Literature, Student

Explore our courses

Explore the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees we offer within the following subject areas.

Childhood, youth studies and education courses

Want a rewarding career shaping how children and young people learn and develop? Choose one of our childhood, youth studies and education courses.

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Criminology and Forensic Studies Courses

Find out about studying a Criminology degree at one of the largest criminology departments in the country.

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English and creative writing

Writing has the power to transport readers and listeners to an entirely different time and place. Tailor your studies to suit your goals, and graduate with the knowledge and skills find your dream career.

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History, Politics and International Relations

Get the skills, knowledge and opportunities to develop a deep understanding of human behaviour, culture and society, and how they interact.

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Languages courses

Develop an in-demand skill set, and get a deeper insight into the culture, history and politics of another country, with a Languages degree. Find out more now. 

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Follow us on Instagram

Take a closer look at what's happening in the Faculty – and what we've been up to before the lockdown – by following @uophumss on Instagram.

FHSS graduates on a deckchair on graduation day
A mosaic floor pattern from Park Building
Students on graduation day outside Portsmouth Guildhall

Contact us

Get in touch with us for more information or general queries.

Email: hss-enquiries@port.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)23 9284 2992