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University of Portsmouth
University of Portsmouth-Overview

With just under 4,000 postgraduate students on campus, the University of Portsmouth is an ideal choice for postgraduate students.

The university has great research credentials, excelling in areas such as astrophysics, forensics and sports science. A massive 89% of its research in physics and 90% of its research in allied health professions was rated as either ‘World Leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework in 2014.

Portsmouth also holds a Gold award from the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017, so you can be sure you’ll get a high-quality education.

The University offers over 200 postgraduate degrees, in a wide variety of disciplines, across the following five faculties:

  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science and Health
  • Faculty of Technology


The University is located in the buzzing maritime city of Portsmouth, named the UK’s most affordable student city by the Natwest Student Living Index in 2016. As a student in this city, you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied, from the historical warships in the port area, to the iconic Spinnaker tower and plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.

University of Portsmouth students on Postgraduate Search say:

“It has been wonderful, I have felt welcome from the university staff, moving around town has been easy and the city is very student friendly, there are enough activities to spend your free time and to learn and develop new hobbies.”

“Having studied here at undergrad, I am now pursuing my post-graduate degree and found the university here to be a great institution that does its best to support the students. I have had many student jobs from the university, belonged to several societies, and utilised many of the auxiliary and development services offered by the university. I have never felt let down and always felt the university has delivered to the very best of their standard.”

“It's been hugely rewarding both mentally and academically. If you take advantage of the opportunities offered to you then you really will enjoy university life and make the most of this unique experience.”

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About the University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth is consistently ranked among the top 400 universities in the world and is one of the top modern universities in the UK. The University of Portsmouth is a research-active university with wide range of activities across many subjects areas. Over 140 postgraduate courses are offered in subjects ranging from aquatic biology to urban design.

Postgraduate student body breakdown
Source: HESA, 2018

Study mode
Source: HESA, 2018

This University

48% Part Time
52% Full Time

All universities (avg)

48% Part Time
52% Full Time

Student Nationality
Source: HESA, 2018


UK students


Non-UK students

Study level
Source: HESA, 2018

19,205 Undergraduate
3,975 Postgraduate

New students
Source: HESA, 2018


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