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University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth is a growing, modern university with a focus on research and enterprise supporting its teaching. It was rated in the top 25 mainstream English Universities in the 2010 National Student survey and benefitted from £13.5 million of investment in the University’s estate in 2008/9. The University prides itself on supporting students to achieve their potential in a compact, waterfront city.

Main Campus:

Portsmouth, England

Student Population:

 Portsmouth Business School, Creative and Cultural Industries, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Technology


Why choose Portsmouth University?

The University of Portsmouth is a growing, modern university with a focus on research and enterprise supporting its teaching. It was rated in the top 25 mainstream English Universities in the 2010 National Student survey and benefitted from £13.5 million of investment in the University’s estate in 2008/9. The University prides itself on supporting students to achieve their potential in a compact, waterfront city.


Teaching Quality

The University of Portsmouth rates highly for student satisfaction with teaching, which is reflected in the National Student Survey.

  • Students have noted in particular the approachability of staff and the quality of academic support and teaching.
  • Many academics are international leaders in their field and are encouraged to be active in research and enterprise to further their knowledge.
  • The University Library was commended in the Civic Trust Awards for its £11 million extension. Renovations to the £6.5 million Student Centre include 3rd Space, a new study and relaxation area where students can work in groups in inflatable study pods or watch giant wall-mounted television screens.


Research Quality

The University has developed strong research centres in all its faculties, which ensure that teaching is cutting-edge.

  • The University has been rated world class for research in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) across UK universities.
  • Applied Mathematics, Allied Health Professions and Studies and European Studies have been judged as among the top research groups in their areas in the UK in the RAE.
  • Portsmouth’s RAE score in Applied Mathematics is the best in the United Kingdom, and is matched only by the Universities of Cambridge, Durham and Oxford.
  • Portsmouth’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) was ranked top in the UK in the latest RAE according to the Research Power Index compiled by the highly respected journal Research Fortnight. CEISR is also the largest centre for European Studies research in the United Kingdom.
  • The University of Portsmouth is also home to the UK’s first dedicated brain tumour research centre.


Real-life Learning Experiences

At the University of Portsmouth students put theory into practice to gain valuable professional skills and increase their employability in the competitive graduate careers market.

  • Students will be given the opportunity to experience life in their chosen profession as well as being learning the academic side of your subject. You will not only be taught but also experience life in your chosen profession.
  • Law students take part in mock trials in the university’s on-campus courtroom; criminology students analyse scenes of crime in the Forensic House; pharmacy students dispense medication in the dispensary; journalism students produce newspapers in the newsroom; and finance students practice trading in the Bloomberg suite.


Student Satisfaction

The National Student survey consistently rates the University of Portsmouth very highly on Student Satisfaction across all its faculties.

  • In 2010, the National Student Survey was ranked at 85%, which is above the national average of 82%.
  • Portsmouth’s results placed it firmly among the top modern universities.
  • The University of Portsmouth is one of the top 25 mainstream English universities for student satisfaction with higher than average results in all survey subject areas.


Employable Graduates

The University created the Department of Employability in 2008 specifically to support students into employment.

  • The University has aproactive approach to enhancing student employability, including an integrated scheme to prepare students for life after university, help with finding internships and a dedicated recruitment agency for students and graduates.
  • Over 89% of graduates from Portsmouth in 2010 went into employment, further study or training.
  • Students have access to the Purple Door Careers and Recruitment Service during their studies and for up to five years after graduation. The service helps students and graduates with careers advice.
  • Purple Door Careers and Recruitment Service also gives specifically tailored advice to international students.
  • The University holds an Annual Graduate Recruitment Fair as well as subject and career specific fairs throughout the year.


Areas Of Study

Variety of Courses

Portsmouth is a modern, forward-looking University focused on cutting edge research to support students’ learning.

  • The University has five faculties, and more than 500 degree programmes, including 290 undergraduate courses and 177 postgraduate courses.
  • The University’s teaching is informed by a commitment to undertaking research, which is recognised as world-class by the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
  • International research and enterprise guides teaching, equipping students to join a global workforce.
  • Students have access to language tuition and free enterprise workshops to complement their studies according to their ambitions.
  • Approximately 50% of Portsmouth’s students are on courses which lead to professional accreditation.
  • Courses that meet industry demand and long established links with industry
  • ‘Sandwich’ courses with integrated work placement  and careers support integrated into every course


Portsmouth MBA Full Time Programme

The Full Time MBA is a one year programme (previously a 15 month programme)

The Full Time MBA with Business Placement is a two year programme (final validation due shortly)

The Portsmouth MBA will provide course members with the opportunity to develop their strategic problem-solving skills whilst mastering the latest business research knowledge and practice. It offers extensive involvement with real organisational issues embedded in an innovatively designed AMBA accredited programme. The MBA with Business Placement programme is up to two years in duration and the taught element in the first year is similar to the one year full time MBA. The difference being that students on the MBA with Business Placement programme undertake a Professional Development unit designed partly to prepare individuals for a placement in a culture different from their own. Students on the MBA with Business Placement will undertake an MBA Work-based Learning Project which is dependent on them securing an appropriate paid placement in the UK or overseas for their second year. Students apply to join their placement company and will need to pass a selection process. Though we cannot guarantee a placement, students will have access to our business contacts and our Business School Placement Office will support them in finding a suitable position. Should an individual student not secure a placement, they will then transfer to the full-time MBA one year programme. MBA with Business Placement students are welcome to join the master classes during their second year if their employer is happy for them to do so.

Note: the department will do everything possible to ensure a placement, however this is subject to successful interview and selection.


Campus Facilities


Portsmouth is a lively and cosmopolitan city on the South Coast of England and it enjoys some of the best weather in the UK. It is an interesting and attractive city, where the historic sits comfortably with the modern. The city is compact – everything you could possibly need is in easy reach.

Portsmouth is a busy ferry post and close to several major airports, making it very easily accessible.

The long, pebbled beaches of the Southsea sea front are just a short walk from the city centre (and the main University Campus). Southsea Common is a great public social space and hosts a range of social activities throughout the year, including charity sporting events and live music.

As the home of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth has a strong and proud maritime heritage. It is the permanent home of historic ships such as Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory and the city is full of museums and art galleries which mark the influence of some of the city’s famous past residents, such as Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling.

Portsmouth is home to an array of shopping, sporting and entertainment opportunities, as vibrant and modern compliments to the city’s history. The 170m tall Spinnaker Tower is a local focal point, from the top of which, you can experience panoramic views of the surrounding south coast. Gunwarf Quays is home to designer outlet shopping and a multiplex cinema and there are live music, comedy and theatre shows on at the city’s various venues. Sports also play an important part in life in Portsmouth, from the beloved Portsmouth Football Club to the Olympic size swimming pool at the Mount batten sports centre. The Portsmouth coastline also provides the perfect setting to practice watersports such as sailing, windsurfing and scuba diving.

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