University of Portsmouth
- Number 21 university in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2020)
- Rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework
- Number 1 in the UK for boosting graduate salaries (The Economist 2017)
- 97.5% of graduates working or in further study (DLHE 2017)
- One of the most affordable cities for students (NatWest Student Living Index 2019)
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Ideal for students who enjoy solving problems, applying logic to complex issues, and want to learn a skill set valued by many employers. Students tackle a blend of mathematical theory and practical application, setting themselves up for a career in anything from finance and IT, to marketing and government research. And since our Mathematics courses are ranked 9th in the Guardian University Guide 2020, they'll be sure to get excellent support. Learn more:
Students examine the theory and design of electronic systems, and get hands on with sophisticated facilities on this IET accredited course. They also have the option to get involved with UP Racing Electric, the University's Formula Student Racing team. Students can specialise in design, production, costing or manufacture, and even replicate the success of the team's 2019 entry which won the overall Class 2 competition. Learn more:
With this Royal Society of Biology accredited degree, students can maximise their potential after they graduate. The course covers areas at the forefront of scientific endeavour, including biotechnology, ecology, cell biology and molecular biology. Using some of the best university labs in the UK, plus high-tech equipment, students can mould their studies to their interests – from marine and terrestrial biology, to molecular genetics and biotechnology. Learn more:
Our Pharmacy and Pharmacology courses are considered the best in the South-West (Top 20 in the UK, Guardian University Guide 2020). With a fully stocked model pharmacy and cutting edge simulation environments, students obtain invaluable training to apply to general practitioner surgeries, mental health hospital and community placements. They’re taught by pharmacy-qualified staff who have backgrounds in community and hospital pharmacy settings. Learn more:
Students learn from active researchers, whose expertise on topics such as monetary policy and behavioural economics has helped shape our society and the economy. They gain the most up-to-date and relevant skills demanded by the industry. For example, they’ll receive Bloomberg Certification after tracking real-time financial and trade data using our Bloomberg Suite, and learn how to model social and financial challenges using the latest econometric software, such as Eviews. Learn more:
Students are taught by people with industry experience and contacts, including digital marketing, analytics, advertising, branding, services marketing, hospitality, and public policy. We have excellent ties with local and global companies including Google, IBM and Uber. They often give guest lectures to our students. Working with the latest digital marketing and media software, students learn to harness their creativity to capture an audience. Learn more:
This course lets students get their hands on up-to-the-minute VR and AR technology and software, and build their knowledge, skills and portfolio at the same time. Students use and develop on the latest commercial peripherals, including the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Electroencephalograms, heart monitors and facial recognition systems. They make use of our VR lab and Motion Capture suite. And they learn using industry-standard software, game engines and source development kits. Learn more:
75% of this course is practical, enabling students to learn and apply the specialist skills they need to thrive in the industry. Students get involved with a weekly TV programme, broadcast to thousands around the city via our CCI TV channel. They’ll use professional cameras (Sony, JVC, Canon), audio equipment (Sennheiser, Sony, Mackie) vision mixing systems (including the Ross Carbonite and the NewTek TriCaster system) and scheduling software (Capital Networks' Audience.TV). Learn more:
Students explore the theory and lives of children from birth up to the age of 8 years old. Our innovative play suite allows them to make links between theoretical perspectives of play and practice. Add in the possibility of placement with schools, local government services and charities, and they’ll develop the skills, knowledge and experience needed to become confident early years practitioners and work in areas such as education, social care and health. Learn more:
Students focus on social and cultural history, with opportunities to study history from four different continents (Europe, North America, Asia, Africa), across five centuries. As well as developing analytical, research and communication skills which are highly sought after by employers, they can gain practical experience with local museums and community groups including D-Day Story, The Mary Rose, or work with staff on their research projects. Learn more:
SUPPORT FOR EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS:
Careers and Employability Service
Our specialist service supports students with career planning, finding work experience, volunteering roles, part-time and graduate jobs, and setting up a business – for up to five years after graduation.
The Careers and Employability Service is open all year round. Its support is available face-to-face, online and by phone/Google Hangouts.
Each faculty also has a dedicated Careers Adviser with subject-specific expertise, offering specialised information, advice and guidance in the curriculum and in tutorials.
Along with employers, the University provides opportunities to apply for paid summer internships and sandwich year placements, to complement students’ studies. Students undertake placements with a wide range of companies including local and multinational organisations.
The University aims to ensure graduates are knowledgeable, informed, intellectually curious, responsible, self-aware, self-motivated, independent, and set for success in their future careers.
To support final year students, we have our own Graduate Recruitment Consultancy, which helps to place students into local graduate jobs. Student entrepreneurs who want to set up a business can get help and guidance via workshops and face-to-face appointments.
We know that wellbeing is central to students being able to fulfil their potential. So we take care of their wellbeing in a holistic way – from academic support, to all aspects of health.
● Specialist tutors provide one-to-one tutorials on all aspects of university level study.
● Students can get guidance on academic writing, reading strategies, presentation and exam techniques.
● Students can access online resources and activities through MOODLE, the University’s digital learning environment.
● Easy registration with a local GP and access to other NHS services.
● Help with quit smoking clinics, sexual health clinics and dentists.
● The Safe Space initiative provides a health and wellbeing service.
Counselling and mental health support
● There’s a wide network of support for wellbeing, mental health and safeguarding.
● Confidential help is available in-person, by phone and online via the WhatsUp? App.
● There are many ways available for students to learn the latest wellbeing skills.
● The Student Wellbeing Service works closely with the NHS and local agencies.
● Help with living well and academic study for those who are anxious about university.
● Access to professionals with specialist skills in disability and wellbeing matters.
● Students work with tutors in Study Skills and Strategy, and Assistive Technology.
● The University has networked assistive software that all students can access.
● Students can loan equipment and apps to record lectures and seminars.
The University of Portsmouth’s research on plastic-eating enzymes won the 2019 Research Project of the Year (STEM) at the Times Higher Education Awards.
Our team’s research engineered an enzyme capable of digesting polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic.
PET is used to make 20,000 single-use plastic bottles every second worldwide. The discovery is paving the way for a more efficient method of recycling and helping solve the global plastic pollution problem.
From Spring 2021, students at the University of Portsmouth will be able to keep fit in a brand new sports centre.
Designed to be one of the UK’s greenest sports facilities, the building aims to create new standards for sustainability and energy efficiency.
When complete, the building will include an eight court sports hall, eight lane 25m swimming pool, 175 station fitness suite, multipurpose studios, squash courts, climbing wall and a ski simulator. It will also host teaching facilities.