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.
Helping you reach your career goals, step by stepFind out more about placements in humanities and social science subjects
What do our international students from the Faculty love about studying at the University of Portsmouth?
International students studying courses in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences describe their experiences, the support on offer to them, and what they love about studying with us.
Samantha: As an international student at the University of Portsmouth, not only are you welcomed regardless of where you're from, but even your differing ideas are very welcome.
Malou: It felt really comfortable, and I knew that I'd find my place quite easily because you just felt at home regardless of where you were from.
Aleksandra: We are given lots of support. If you are not doing well with English, there are lots of programs that can help you with that.
Samantha: My personal tutors, pointed me towards whichever uni department can also help me.
Simao: I got support from the Wellbeing Services because I wasn't feeling that confident but I actually got the help and now I'm more confident.
Johannes: I remember applying and it was all very new to me and everyone really trying to help me and I was like, "Hey, they want me here."
Malou: I could go and talk to the Careers Office where they were all super helpful. I felt very confident.
Johannes: It was really great and I felt very welcomed.
Simao: There's this activity called Global Cafe that happens every week at our university, and it's really great for international students.
Samantha: It was really, really beautiful to see, like how we're all celebrated from wherever we're from. Leaving home and leaving my country, I wanted to feel like I was in a nice community.
Johannes: I don't think I picked Portsmouth, I think Portsmouth picked me. I was really drawn by the scenery and the sea.
Malou: I chose Portsmouth because having visited all over the UK, there was just a draw from Portsmouth.
Aleksandra: The city is beautiful and a waterfront city, there are lots of things to do.
Malou: I have wholeheartedly enjoyed my experience at the University of Portsmouth. It's been amazing. I'm definitely going to look back on these years very, very fondly.
Ready to learn more about studying a Humanities and Social Sciences course as an international student?
Join a webinar to find out more about our subject areas from Faculty academics, learn about our facilities, the skills you'll gain, student life in Portsmouth and have a chance to ask questions.
Societies and the Students' Union
Eating in the city
Learn a foreign language
Art, culture and nightlife
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.
- Dr Anna Bull, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, won a national book prize for her sociological study of classical music
- Counter fraud Research Associate Shakiba Moghadam talks about her appearance on SAS: Who Dares Wins
- Our Associate Dean, Dr Jane Creaton, received national recognition for excellence in teaching and learning
- Professor Mark Button warns of the risk of cybercrime and other fraud in the approaching coronavirus-related recession
- Darkfest, our community celebration of the dark, sinister and supernatural, listed for an arts award
- Dr Christine Berberich, Reader in Literature, recommends five novels with a real sense of place, to let you explore the world from your home
- Dr Emma Maynard, Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies, explains a new model for working with complex families
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.
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.
Criminology and forensic studies courses
Find out about studying a Criminology degree at one of the largest criminology departments in the country.
English and creative writing courses
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.
History, politics and international relations courses
Get the skills, knowledge and opportunities to develop a deep understanding of human behaviour, culture and society, and how they interact.
Develop an in-demand skill set, and get a deeper insight into the culture, history and politics of another country, with a Languages degree.
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Get in touch with us for more information or general queries.
Phone: +44 (0)23 9284 2992