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Strive for more - be part of the future with a postgraduate degree from Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

‘I already feel so much more confident applying for jobs.’
Anna, Master's student at the University of Portsmouth

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
  • 86% satisfaction with course quality (PTES Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2022)
  • 87% would recommend Portsmouth for postgraduate study (PTES Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2022)
  • Dedicated Graduate School supporting all research students

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Get face time with course leaders. Hear top tips from our students. See how flexible postgrad at Portsmouth is. Find a way forward with funding and finance. Meet people who want to help you progress. These are just some of the opportunities you can take advantage of at a postgraduate open evening or virtual experience.

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Strive for more - be part of the future with a postgraduate degree from Portsmouth


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.

Strive for more - be part of the future with a postgraduate degree from Portsmouth

Covering your costs

You’re investing in your future. We want to help you do it wisely. We’re here to help you understand the fees and costs involved, and what financial support is available to you.

Visit our website for a comprehensive guide to fees, funding and more.

The city

Portsmouth is a small and lively island city that contains everything you need. Focus on your studies with as little distraction as you like. Then, when it’s time to step away from your books, the seafront offers you the perfect place to revive. And time to reset.

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Computer Science (8) Engineering (12) Nursing & Health (27) Business & Management (5) Languages, Literature & Culture (21) Linguistics & Classics (23) Education (11) Communication & Media Studies (7) Creative Arts & Design (9) Biological Sciences (4) Medicine (26) Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Law (22) Physics (29) Politics & Government (30) History & Archaeology (19) Mathematics (25) Geography (17) Social Work (32) Economics (10) Sociology (33) Psychology (31) Forensic & Archaeological Sciences (16) Finance (14) Geology (18) Chemistry (6) Environmental Sciences (13) Philosophy (28) Anthropology (2)

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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 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 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 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 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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