In 1908 the Park building opened as a Municipal college and public library. The focus was on chemistry and engineering. The roots of the University can be traced back even further to the Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and the Arts.

By the late 80s, Portsmouth Polytechnic had become one of the largest and best performing polytechnics in the UK.


All of our undergraduates will get opportunities to make them stand out from the crowd. You can:

  • Benefit from work-related learning experiences as part of your course, whatever degree you choose to study
  • Learn a foreign language completely free of charge
  • Get involved in local, national and international volunteering opportunities
  • Gain work experience through participation in student democracy, media and event-organising opportunities on campus
  • Develop your entrepreneurial side via units within your course or get support in taking forward a business idea through our Centre for Enterprise

We are committed to teaching that is excellent, innovative and inspiring!


Achieve your PhD, MPhil, MD or Professional Doctorate with the University of Portsmouth. We also offer MRes options.

Our Graduate School will support you throughout your research. You will have access to our Development Programme including workshops, special interest groups and e-learning resources to help extend your knowledge and skills.

You can study in the following subject areas:

  • Accounting, Economics and Finance
  • Architecture, Civil Engineering and Surveying
  • Art and Design
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical, Biomolecular and Pharmacy
  • Business and Management
  • Computing and Creative Technologies
  • Education, Childhood and Youth Studies
  • Engineering
  • English Literature
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences


We prepare you for the real world of employment with ongoing careers support from the moment you start, to several years after you finish.Get experience while you're a student. Work experience comes in all shapes and sizes:

  • work-related challenges in simulated environments (such as in our mock courtroom)
  • learning from visiting employers
  • volunteering
  • getting short or long-term work experience out in the field on a placement

Finding a job

  • We have an in-house recruitment agency for graduate jobs, part-time work, placements and volunteering opportunities.
  • We've partnered with over 2,500 businesses all over the UK, including Amazon, Microsoft and IBM.
  • We advertise over 1,200 part-time jobs and 1,900 vacancies for graduates.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (54)
Engineering & Technology (27)
Social Sciences (27)
Arts, Design & Architecture (21)
Humanities (19)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at University of Portsmouth!


Student services

For those times when you would like to improve your academic skills or need support and advice with any issue, however large or small, help is at hand from our friendly, professional Student Advice Services. Should you require health and medical care, a full doctors practice is situated next to the Nuffield Centre in the middle of campus and we can also give you a comprehensive list of local surgeries.

What is University of Portsmouth offering:
  • Maths Café
  • Nursery
  • Chaplaincy
  • Counselling Service
  • Academic Skills Unit (ASK)
  • The Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC)

Housing services

Thereís a huge range of student accommodation options at Portsmouth, whether you choose to live in our halls of residence or in private rented accommodation. Where you choose to live will depend on the experience youíre looking for, your budget and how independent you want to be.

  • With new halls of residence openings, we can offer accommodation to at least 90% of new full-time Home/EU students who make us their firm choice and apply for accommodation.
  • Or you can choose who you would like to live with and you have more independence. The two main types of private accommodation are private shared houses and flats, or lodgings. We have a dedicated team who can help with house hunting and help you to find housemates.

Library services

The University Library provides integrated library and information services in support of the University's overall aims and objectives, as embodied in the mission statement and strategic plan. Paying due regard to the need for cost effectiveness, the University Library will continue to be responsive to user demand and proactive in the development of services and use of new technology.

Student Life

Sports facilities

Make the most of our two sports centres and outdoor sports complex including:

  • Two sports halls
  • Two dance/martial arts studios
  • A 100-station gym with CV, resistance and free weights spaces
  • Squash courts
  • A synthetic turf hockey pitch
  • Grass pitches for football, rugby and lacrosse

Student clubs

The Studentsí Union is there to promote your rights and look after your well-being throughout your university years. Itís run for the students, by the students.The Students' Union:

  • Supports you to make your time at university more comfortable
  • Gives you opportunities to get involved
  • Gives you advice on academic issues and welfare
  • Organises events and societies to bring you together with other like-minded students

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom