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Your postgraduate virtual experience

Find out more about life as a postgraduate student in Portsmouth

Welcome to the Postgraduate Virtual Experience

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 give you a taste of what life is like as a postgrad student at the University.

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Top 10 reasons to choose Portsmouth

Hear our students explain why they love studying here.


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Why study for a postgraduate degree?

A postgrad course is the ideal way to develop skills and knowledge in your chosen field. And a great way to boost your career, improve your earning potential, and open doors to new opportunities.

I wanted to carry on because I loved geography, I loved living by the coast. It just felt natural to study a course in coastal and marine resource management. The reason why I decided to do a postgraduate degree is because I enjoyed my undergraduate so much. When I applied for the graduate scheme I felt that it will give me that little bit more skill and confidence that I needed to fully go into the workplace. 

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Postgraduate study at Portsmouth

Find out more about the different postgraduate degrees courses we offer, and learn more about our Graduate School.

Master's and postgraduate taught courses

No matter what you're interested in, we'll help you find a Master's or taught course that suits your needs and aspirations. 

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PhDs and postgraduate research

Browse research degree types, find a pre-approved PhD project, explore our research subject areas, and discover your funding options.

Postgraduate research degrees at the University of Portsmouth
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Teacher training

Whatever age group or educational stage you'd like to teach, a career as a teacher starts with teacher training. From primary to further education, see the courses we offer, learn more about how to fund your training, and start your application.

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The Graduate School

Get support to develop the research, professional and transferable skills you need to succeed.

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Guidance and support

Find out about the guidance and support you'll get if you need a helping hand with academic life – or life in general – when you study with us at Portsmouth.

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January start courses

Browse our range of Master's courses that offer a January start date. 

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What our students say

Our students chose Portsmouth for many different reasons, and their experiences studying with us are as varied as they are. Read some stories of success and self-discovery from our recent students and graduates below.

At Portsmouth, I’ve learnt that opportunities are there if you want to take them; to have confidence in my abilities; and how to focus my ideas into an area of research.’

Maddie Wallace, PhD Creative Writing and Literary Theory student


Explore our facilities

Take a closer look at the exceptional facilities that you'll have access to when you join us as a postgraduate student.

The University of Portsmouth is a brilliant, nurturing environment that has allowed me to grow in so many ways. The facilities and services provided have given me so many opportunities to not only learn about engineering and being employable but also learn about diverse cultures from around the world that come here to study too.

Tim Lee-Lewis, PhD Engineering student

University Library

A place to study, collaborate and find all the books and resources you need to succeed on your course. Our Library is a central part of uni life.
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Lab and testing facilities

Our lab and testing facilities host practicals for undergraduates, post-graduate and academic research, as well as collaborative projects with industry.
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Teaching and learning spaces

Explore our teaching and learning spaces, where students can get hands-on with their coursework and projects.
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Sport and fitness facilities

We're home to one of the leading Sport & Exercise Science departments in the UK, and exceptional sports facilities too.
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Life outside study

University life is about more than studying. When lectures are over and you need a break from the library, you'll find there's so much to see and do in Portsmouth. Discover the amazing places to eat, shop and socialise, the beautiful seaside and green spaces on your doorstep, and much more.

I would definitely recommend studying in Portsmouth, it is a student-friendly city which you are going to fall in love with from first sight.

Emine Trampova, MSc Accounting and Finance

Places to eat in Portsmouth

Hungry for adventure? Here's a taster of the great food and drink you can savour in the city.

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Grub's up

Beaches, piers and parks

Portsmouth is a bustling city with the sea on our doorstep and green spaces all around.

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Art, culture and nightlife in Portsmouth

There's so much to see and do in Portsmouth – from art galleries and museums, to nightclubs and late-night cafes

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Shopping in Portsmouth

We're home to great independent businesses, so shopping in the city is a real treat.

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Sport in Portsmouth

From water sports to football and quidditch - few cities can compete with Portsmouth's sports opportunities.

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Let's play

Portsmouth's music scene

Want to get involved in Portsmouth's music scene? Here's all you need to start.

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Life on campus

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Where you'll live

Whether you live in one of our halls of residence or in a privately-rented home in the city, everything that Portsmouth has to offer – including the beach and the Common, a sprawling green space right on the seaside – will be within easy reach. Find out more about where you'll live when you study with us.

The city is very affordable and is a home away from home.

Nana Adwoa Afriyie Osei Kyeretwie, MSc Business and Management

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Renting Privately - What to Expect

Find out more about living in Portsmouth

As a postgraduate student, you'll probably be living in privately rented accommodation in the city – and you'll get to choose exactly where you live and who you live with.

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University of Portsmouth private student housing

Renting a house or flat in the city

Portsmouth has lots of beautiful and buzzing places to live within walking distance of the seafront, the city centre, and the University. Find out more at our private renting page.

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Housing support

Whether you're looking for a place to live, need help with the house-hunting process, or want to talk contracts, landlords, housemates or neighbours, our Housing team is on hand to help. Find out more at our Housing Support pages.

Follow us on Instagram

As the pictures below show, there's plenty more of the city and the University to see – follow @portsmouthuni and keep up-to-date with all the exciting things happening here.

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