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.

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Explore our facilities

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

Crime scene simulation facility

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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

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Learning Development Tutors

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CCI Facilities and Students
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The 3rd Space

Third space
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University Library

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Careers support

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Helping you reach your career goals, step by step

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 five years after you graduate.

We can even help you create your own start-up company.


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International experience

Portsmouth makes a fantastic home from home for international students looking to study Humanities and Social Sciences courses. 

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?

Watch a webinar to find out more about our subject areas from Faculty academics, learn about our facilities, the skills you'll gain, and  student life in Portsmouth. 

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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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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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