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University of Portsmouth

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Why Portsmouth?

A stronger sense of direction. Opportunities to specialise and further your prospects. A big step towards achieving your ambitions. Portsmouth is a university where you can connect with great people and businesses and unlock career possibilities.

  • 5***** rated for excellence in the QS World University rankings 2022
  • Outstanding Gold-rated teaching for our students (TEF)
  • Dedicated Graduate School supporting all research students
  • 83% satisfaction with course quality (PTES Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2021)
  • Master’s Scholarships available for high achievers

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Research

The confidence to pursue your ambitions. Opportunities to work on papers and experience conferences. Connections with people who can make a difference in your career. A research degree at Portsmouth shows the world you’re ready to make an impact.

Recent research at Portsmouth includes engineering an enzyme that could make single-use plastic recyclable, decoding the language of violence against women, and helping to discover a new species of orangutan. Many researchers are actively involved in teaching and supervision.

Our dedicated Graduate School will help you make the big jump to research and bring out the best in yourself - from a welcoming 2-day induction, to a comprehensive programme of workshops and training that helps you develop excellent research skills.

Support and employability

Our tutors’ research, links with industry and international connections bring relevance and purpose to learning. They’ll help turn your studies into a springboard to success.

Our Careers and Employability Service offer tailored support - from career planning, job hunting and volunteering, to employer events - for up to 5 years after you graduate.

You’re not on your own when you study at Portsmouth. From housing to wellbeing to advanced study skills, a range of support teams have got your back.

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Fees and funding

Our advice and support could include a Master’s Scholarship of up to £3,000 if you’re a high achiever. We have scholarships available for January and September 2022.

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The Department of Psychology is proud of its active and diverse research environment. We have a strong commitment
to investigate and disseminate high quality basic and applied research in psychology.

In the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, 80 per cent of our researchers’ work was rated ’internationally
recognised or above’, with 31 per cent of the research outputs rated ’internationally excellent or world-leading’,
with special mention of research in primatology, forensic psychology and visual attention.

At the Department of Psychology you will conduct independent and original study receiving excellent supervision
while immersed in our thriving research environment. You will also have full access to work in our state-of-the-art,
specialised laboratories for research in areas such as observation, psychophysiology, speech and audio interaction,
visual cognition, perception and human movement.

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Our Learning at Work programme is relevant for all areas of expertise, including business, commerce, computing, design, environmental management, science and engineering. It allows working people to study for university qualifications without leaving their jobs.

The programme also allows you to set your own objectives, course content and timetable. Our work-based learning modules lead to Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees. Existing qualifications, training, experience, skills and knowledge can all be used as accredited prior learning.

Highlight include:

- The time you take to complete your studies is up to you and is not tied to the academic calendar.
- A three-way partnership between you, your employer and the University.
- Much of the learning comes from projects that form part of daily work.
- Employees from more than 100 companies have benefited from the Partnership Programme.
- Many of our students have not been in education for a number of years or attended a university.

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The School of Architecture is located in the Portland Building, which was purpose designed by the Professor of Design Sir Colin Stansfield Smith in 1997.

It provides students with a range of facilities including a workshop, studios, computer suites with both Macintosh and PC systems, reprographic facilities and materials shop. There is also a refectory on the ground floor.
As a place of learning, the Portland Building provides integrated facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Staff in the School of Architecture work on a wide range of research projects in the areas of architecture, and interior,
sustainable and urban design. Research is undertaken in collaboration with the School, Faculty and University, but
more importantly, we work with academic and commercial groups outside of the University to investigate innovative
research and development connected to architecture.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the University’s architecture researchers’ work was entered
as part of the Unit of Assessment Art and Design (UoA 63). Results from the RAE showed a high quality profile,
confirming that over 50 per cent of our research work was judged to be of international standing.

Most of our full-time academics have practised as architects and designers and some continue to combine practice with teaching, where their practice work supports aspects of learning and teaching in the School. In addition,
our part-time members of staff bring specialist knowledge and current experience from practice. This ensures that our
research is up-to-date and reflects the current and future needs of the industry.

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The School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies (SSHLS) is based in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, housed in a grade II listed building of historic significance, at the heart of the central University campus.

At SSHLS we are particularly proud of our well-developed research culture and strong commitment to scholarship and
publication in a research active learning environment. We offer excellent postgraduate research degree supervision on
a full-time and part-time basis in all of our subject areas. Our researchers conduct their work under the umbrella of
the Centre for Studies in Literature (CSL) and the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), whose research was rated ‘top in the UK’ according to the Research Power Index compiled by the prestigious journal Research Fortnight.

We are especially proud of our Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 results under the European Studies Unit
of Assessment. We achieved 5* ’international excellence’ for our work on European history, politics, policy, culture
and language, sociology, sociolinguistics and in the fields of Slavonic, francophone and French area studies.

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The School of Art, Design and Media at the University of Portsmouthhas a long history as an art college with a diversity of disciplines. It recently celebrated its 100th year. It merged with the University of Portsmouth in the 1990s, and is part of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. At the School of Art, Design and Media, there is great emphasis on the integration of research, practice and context. Staff and students are encouraged to be research active and disseminate research outcomes. Postgraduate activity is taken seriously and is considered elemental to the School's research strategy.

Building upon the rich tradition of art and design education which has existed in Portsmouth since 1870, in the School of Art, Design and Media we provide an educational ethos that emphasises creativity, adaptability and communication, with a distinctive relationship between practice and research in a cultural context.

Our research degree programmes fully exploit the links with other disciplines within the University. We prioritise acceptance of research degree candidates whose intended programme of research further supports the knowledge base of the School’s research areas and their development as outlined below.

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The School of Biological Sciences at the University of Portsmouth enjoys a lively research culture and thriving atmosphere. Our researchers submitted their work to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 under the Unit of Assessment of Allied Health Professions and Studies and our research was rated ‘internationally excellent or world-leading’.

Whether you have come straight from an undergraduate course, are a mature student or are looking to develop your
professional skills, and whether you are from Britain, the European Union or the rest of the world, we are certain you
will find our School a welcoming and enjoyable place to work and study.

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The School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (SCES) at the University of Portsmouth has a strong international profile, particularly in the field of environmental engineering. We have constructed sewage treatment systems, using ponds and reed beds, as far away as Egypt and Colombia. This work has recently extended to Thailand to help with recovery in tsunami-hit areas.

Engineers and building surveyors are at the forefront of developing sustainable societies and many find themselves dealing with important social and environmental issues. The research at the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying reflects this multidisciplinary activity by collaborating on joint projects with surveyors, mathematicians, chemists and microbiologists across the globe.

In the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 our researchers submitted their work under the Unit of Assessment (UoA) Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering. This covered work in the analysis of the deformation, fatigue, fracture, impact and buckling of engineering and biomechanical structures and components. Forty-five per cent of our work was judged to be ‘internationally excellent or world-leading’, with 85 per cent of international standing, reflecting the quality and industrial significance of the submission.

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The School of Computing consists of around 45 members of academic staff with expertise in a wide range of subjects covering computing and information systems - this is reflected in the high quality of our teaching, as evidenced by our recent excellent teaching quality assessment, the diversity of our research and in our unique range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

We are a lively, friendly and supportive school. Our aim is to provide our graduates, who come from all parts of the world, with the skills and knowledge that will make them valuable contributors to the information industry. We believe that our environment helps to produce confident and highly employable graduates.

In the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 our researchers submitted their work under the Unit of Assessment of Computer Science and Informatics (UOA 23). This covered work in the Artificial Intelligence, Parallel and Distributed Systems and Healthcare Modelling & Informatics. Twenty-five per cent of our work was judged to be ‘internationally excellent or world-leading’, with 65 per cent of international standing, reflecting the quality and industrial significance of the submission.

Some staff also submitted their work under Business and Management Studies (UOA36) and others under Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (UOA 28), to cover work in the Information Systems and Systems Engineering.

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The School of Creative Technologies’ researchers have a wide range of interests across the Creative Technologies
multidisciplinary area, from the very artistic to the highly technical.

The School boasts a wide range of high-tech laboratories and cutting-edge technology. By having researchers at the
leading edge of our technologies and with strong industry backgrounds, students in the School are able to use our
outstanding hardware/software to build applications ranging from advanced ‘intelligent’ prosthetic limbs to award-winning films.

Our active research centre (CiTech) covers a range of topics from understanding how technology is being, and will be
used, to support creative areas such as computer games design, narrative, animation, web/mobile applications and
sound composition, to developing the technology itself to support a range of new applications in areas such as
healthcare, library, security and education.

Sponsors of our research include UK Research Councils (AHRC, EPSRC and Royal Society), European grants
(Framework VII and InterREG) and industry partners.

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The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice was founded in 1992 and has since become one of the UK’s leading and largest university centres for research in criminology, criminal justice and police studies.

You will be supervised by experts in their field who are strongly committed to the Institute’s educational and research
mission. We work to enhance and develop knowledge and understanding in the broad field of criminal justice
and criminological studies. We are passionate about the development of human rights, equal opportunities, integrity
and fair treatment in criminal justice and related areas.

In both our research and teaching we strive to advance the interests of disadvantaged and discriminated communities by and within the criminal justice system, as well as promoting the development of professionalism within criminal justice and related agencies.

Our researchers’ work was entered in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 to the European Studies
Unit of Assessment, under the umbrella of the Centre for European Studies and International Research (CEISR). The Centre is rated top in the UK for research in European Studies according to the Research Power Index compiled by
the prestigious journal Research Fortnight.

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The School of Education and Continuing Studies (SECS) is based in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
We offer a research degrees programme developed in partnership with schools and colleges, ensuring that we
meet and exceed all requirements for professional and classroom relevance.

Over a number of years the School has also evolved a style of educational research referred to as ‘Practitioner Based
Enquiry’. Work completed within this style is making an impact on educational policy at regional and national level in
areas as diverse as secondary school curriculum provision, post-registration nurse education, police training and staff
development, and retraining for the Post 16 (FE) sector and the armed forces.

Our researchers are also involved in a wide range of consultancy and funded knowledge transfer activities. Current research projects include work with Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils, Hampshire County Council and the Training and Development Agency. We can offer you supervision of theoretical excellence and practical experience of working in teaching and training. All our programmes are subject to regular and rigorous external assessment by OFSTED and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). Student satisfaction has placed us near the top of the National Student Survey and our most recent Ofsted inspection rated the department as ‘good, with outstanding features’.

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The School of Engineering is dedicated to provide industrially relevant education and professional development of highest quality. Our ever-evolving range of specialist areas leads our graduates to professional engineering and technology based career.

The School offers a wide range of postgraduate degree programmes. Subjects include: electronic engineering, computer engineering, control and automation, telecommunications, data communications, computer networks and Internet technology, mechanical engineering, mechanical & manufacturing engineering, product design and petroleum engineering.

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The School of Media and Performing Arts (SMPA) is a vibrant, dynamic and highly regarded department within the
Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

What we do in the School is innovative. We offer our students a lively mix of creative practice and critical understanding,
ensuring that knowledge and learning is stimulating, cutting-edge and relevant to the wider world. We have a thriving
postgraduate research culture with opportunities in the exciting areas of film, media, performance and creative
writing.

SMPA has an enviable research standing. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), our film and media researchers were entered as part of the European Studies submission made by the Centre for European and
International Studies Research (CEISR) at the University of Portsmouth. We are especially proud of the outcome, as 70
per cent of our research was judged to be of international standing. This reflects the School’s impressive publications
record and considerable expertise, much of which is world-class in its field.

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The School of Health Sciences and Social Work (SHSSW) conducts high quality research and knowledge transfer that
is relevant, timely and of use to the community at regional, national and international level.

Our Research and Knowledge Transfer activity has expanded rapidly over recent years and been strongly enhanced
by active multidisciplinary links with the external research community and researchers across the University. Our
School’s research principles are based on focused activity and building on existing strengths, as well as strong
commitment to NHS and Social Services priorities and needs. Our researchers contributed to the recent Research
Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 as part of the Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (IBBS) and under
Pharmacology and Clinical Immunology within the Allied Health Professions and Studies Unit of Assessment (UoA 12).
We were placed in the national top ten for research quality. This means that 85 per cent of our research work was
classified as being of ‘international standing’.

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The School of Languages and Area Studies (SLAS) at the University of Portsmouth is one of the largest departments of its kind in the United Kingdom,with an international standing and very high student satisfaction ratings. We currently undertake research and teaching in six languages (French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish and English as a foreign language) and area studies such as applied linguistics, francophone, communication and language skills, translation and technical communication.

We offer a dynamic environment for the study and research of modern languages and area studies, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Our researchers work under the umbrella of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR). The School’s European Studies research was ranked top in
the UK in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, 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.

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The Department has a long history of our graduates becoming employees in key sectors of national and international companies, industries, government, in the South and elsewhere.

Together with the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG), research in Applied Mathematics at Portsmouth gained the joint highest 3*+4* grade in the UK in the RAE 2008.

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The School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Portsmouth conducts wide-raging and internationally recognised research. We have research groups working in areas such as drug delivery, drug safety, pharmacy practice, molecular medicine, natural products, neuropharmacology, neuroscience and oncology.

Allied Health Professions and Studies is one of the University’s strongest areas of research. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the University of Portsmouth was rated as ‘internationally excellent or world-leading’ and we rank top three for funding in England in this subject area. The School receives research funding from institutions such as the Department of Health, MRC, BBSRC, the Royal Society, the Association for International Cancer Research, the World Cancer Research Fund, the Humane Research Trust, the Leverhulme Trust and the Nuffield Foundation.

With their support, we have made a considerable investment in equipment and laboratories over the past five years,
strengthening our infrastructure and providing a thriving research environment for our postgraduate research students.

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The Department of Sport and Exercise Science undertakes high quality and internationally recognised applied research
in the fields of physiology, psychology, biomechanics, health and sport development. We have a well-established
international reputation in the area of thermal physiology and survival medicine.

Our Department has contributed significantly to the sporting success of the University, which is now ranked top 20
for men and women sports in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS). We are particularly strong and
successful in soccer, hockey, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports.

Our researchers entered their work to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 under the Unit of Assessment Allied Health Professions and Studies. We are especially proud of our results, with the majority of our research rated ’internationally excellent or world-leading’.

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The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) is based in Burnaby Building, within the main University
campus. The building also houses lecture theatres, teaching laboratories and the School’s research laboratories.

The School is strongly committed to active and developing research programmes in a wide range of subjects within
the earth and environmental science areas. We have very active and internationally recognised research groups in
crustal evolution, environmental modelling and monitoring, geohazard assessment, marine biogeochemistry and
ecosystems, and palaeontology and sedimentology.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), our submission to the Earth Systems and Environmental Science
Unit of Assessment (UoA) comprised ten researchers in SEES and four from the School of Biological Sciences. We
are proud that approximately 90 per cent of our research in this category was deemed to be of ‘international standard’,
with evidence of ‘world-leading research’ in both areas.

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