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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 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 £9,00 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.


    The campus at the University of Portsmouth might be compact, but it has plenty on offer. The 3rd Space is at the heart of the action which is upstairs in the Student Union. It's a place to socialise, study and spend time with your fellow students. For extra value, the university has a £11 million green library, £9 million dental academy, and a £14 million extension to the arts centre, the Eldon Building.


    Portsmouth is a dynamic city, and offers a selection of night spots, pubs and clubs to enjoy - and its dock location is great from getting away from it all with links to the Isle of Wight and beyond. The campus is dotted around the city, so you'll probably see it all if you spend your years studying here.

    Library and study facilities

    The central library has around 400,000 books on offer as well as 800 study spaces. Specialist Faculty Librarians can help you find the right study materials for your course, while there is also an extensive electronic resource so you can access the library off-campus.


    The IT department has a drop in centre where you can get advice on how to fix any computing problems you may have. There's also a 24/7 IT support and assistance, plus a range of computer stations to access throughout the campus. Free Wi-Fi is available in most places too.

    Careers service

    The careers team has close connections with potential employers and an in-house team of experts can help you find a graduate job, having partnered with huge names such as Amazon, IBM and Microsoft. The University of Portsmouth also arranges talks from employers, will help you find work experience and can also help you find volunteering opportunities - a great asset to your CV.


    The university has several cafes and coffee shops where you can grab a bite to eat or relax before lectures. There's also a nursery on site for children aged between six months and five years, plus a chaplaincy for prayer and reflection, no matter what faith you are.

    Student Union

    The Student Union building is a £6.5 million complex with a bar for you to spend your evening in and a non-alcohol area too. The union organises more than 100 clubs and societies and arranges a varied event calendar.


    A modern sports facility is on campus with a gym, sports hall and dance studios, as well as outdoor floodlit grounds. The University of Portsmouth also partners with the Navy Sailing centre and Southsea Rowing Club for wetter pursuits.

    Medical and Welfare Services

    If you've got a problem, or something on your mind, the university's counselling service offers face-to-face workshops, self-help guides and mental health support. If you feel you're struggling academically, the ASK service can help you brush up your grammar or give you a one-to-one tutorial.

    Financial aid

    The university offers bursaries to students with a household income of less than £42,620 of up to £3,000 in total. You may also be entitled to other benefits if you have dependents or if you're struggling financially whilst studying.


    There are three main complexes of halls on offer at the University of Portsmouth, offering a variety of ensuite, catered and basic facilities: Guildhall Halls are based in the city centre, close to the university facilities, while Langstone Student Village overlooks the harbour; Rees and Burrell are on Southsea Common, close to the beach, meaning you have a real choice when it comes to where you live.

    Prices are reasonable, with rooms varying between £79 and £124 per week.

    Guildhall Hall

    There are five main buildings at Guildhall, with the majority of accommodation having en suite rooms with shared facilities. James Weston Hall is by far the biggest, with 688 rooms divided into self-contained flats. Trafalgar Hall also offers self-contained studio flats prioritised for postgraduate students.

    Langstone Student Village

    Three sorts of accommodation are on offer here: self contained flats for eight students, a small 62 room hall with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, and ensuite rooms at QEQM Hall which also provides one meal a day.

    Rees and Burrell

    Rees and Burrell only offer catered accommodation, either in Burrell House, with shared bathrooms, or Rees Hall with en suites. There's a difference in price of almost £25 each week for these places: so the difference between sharing a bathroom or not can save you some money!

    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