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    Welcome to University of Portsmouth

    Situated just a stone's throw away from the historic dockyards of Portsmouth, the university was originally founded to educate the engineers and workers of the docks; it now offers a wide array of qualifications in the arts, sciences and humanities.

    An accepting university, it takes on students without traditional qualifications who have the potential to excel. The Students' Union is based in a swish modern building which was erected in 2002, while the rest of the buildings are scattered around the city in listed buildings and ex-army barracks. You'll certainly feel the city's naval history if you decide to study here.

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    Courses and fees

    The University of Portsmouth offers over 200 undergraduate courses as well as 150 postgraduate degrees, covering a range of qualifications and subjects. The University is divided up into five faculties: Business, Engineering and Technology, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Creative and Cultural Industries.


    The Business School covers courses in finance, economics, marketing and law. The Law School boasts its own mock courtroom so you can get some experience before going out into the real world.

    The Faculty of Science has courses in geography, dentistry, health sciences and sports sciences. The dentistry courses are highly competitive, and offers a special dentistry in the community programme, where student dentists provide free oral care to members of the local community.

    The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers courses in languages, education and criminal studies, while the Faculty of Engineering and Technology has courses in computing, mathematics and engineering.

    The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries has courses in architecture, art and design, and media. A £14 million extension to the Eldon Wing provides space for students to showcase their artwork, as well as a 250 seat theatre.

    The Faculty of Technology undertakes cutting edge teaching and research in the fields of engineering, civil engineering and surveying, computing, mathematics and cosmology; they are also the home of work-based learning.


    The Complete University Guide 2014 ranks the University of Portsmouth sixth for Medical Technology. Internationally, it's ranked in one of the top 400 universities according to the Times Higher Education World Rankings.

    International offerings

    As part of your course you can learn another language on the Institution Wide Language Programme, where you'll have access to a 20 credit unit in languages like French and German, plus other language like British Sign Language and Arabic.

    Tuition fees

    Full time undergraduate courses starting in 2014 cost £9,000 for UK and EU students. International students will pay between £10,500 and £17,600 depending on the course studied.

    Postgraduate fees vary between £5,000 and £7,500 per year. Visit the university's website for more information.

    Open days

    Thousands of people attend the University of Portsmouth's Open Days, so booking in advance is necessary to avoid disappointment. You'll get to meet staff from your chosen department, take a tour of the campus and the accommodation, chat to current students, meet financial advisers and tour the facilities on offer including the Students' Union, Sports and Recreation and Library.

    After you've accepted a place here you'll be invited to attend a Department Open Day which gives you a more in-depth look at your course and information about the sort of thing you'll study.

    The Department Open Days for 2015 entry have now finished, but you can still come and visit the university. You can download our free self guided walking tour brochure and podcast - read more on the university website.

    Open day dates for 2015 have been announced and they are as follows:

    • Saturday 3rd October, 2015
    • Saturday 17th October, 2015
    • Saturday 14th November, 2015

    Term Dates

    The year is divided into two teaching blocks, with an assessment period after. The 2015/16 dates are as follows:

    • Autumn teaching block: 21st September - 11th December
    • Spring teaching block: 4th January - 24th March
    • Assessment period: 18th April - 27th May