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University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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Geology, Business and Technology

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January/February, September



International Students


Male : Female

9 : 1

Student: Teacher Ratio

History, Affiliations and Rankings

The University of Portsmouth, previously known as Portsmouth Polytechnic, is an English public university located in the city of Portsmouth in UK. The University's origins may be traced back to the subscription-funded Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and Art, which opened in 1870. The name of the college was changed to Portsmouth College of Technology in 1953. After gaining university status in 1969, the institution was renamed Portsmouth Polytechnic, and by the late 1980s, it was one of the largest polytechnics in the United Kingdom. Finally, it was on 7 July 1992 when the inauguration of the University of Portsmouth was celebrated at a ceremony at Portsmouth Guildhall. The university is also a member of the University Alliance and the Channels Islands Universities Consortium. The University of Portsmouth is ranked #651-700, #501-600, and #594 in the QS World University Rankings 2022, THE World University Rankings 2022, and US News & World Report's Best Global University 2022 Rankings, respectively. The Complete University Guide and the Guardian University League Table rank the university at #74 and #75 for 2022, respectively.

Infrastructure, Campus and Courses 

The University Quarter, which is centred on the Portsmouth Guildhall area, and the Langstone Campus are the 2 campuses that make up the University of Portsmouth. Langstone is the smaller of the two campuses and is located near Milton on Portsea Island's eastern side while the University Quarter is a collection of university buildings distributed around the city. Most of the university's teaching facilities, as well as all of the Student Halls of Residence and the university's historic library, are located in this neighbourhood. The University of Portsmouth is composed of 5 faculties divided into 29 departments. The university also has over 200 undergraduate courses, 150 postgraduate courses, 65 research degree programmes and many other courses in a plethora of different fields of study such as Accounting, Economics and Finance, Architecture, Biological Sciences, Business and Management, Criminology, Engineering, Law, Sport Science and many more that are tailored for students of different interests. Every year, the university spends more than 5.5 million euros in funding scholarships. Along with providing an excelling academic curriculum, the university also offers students various opportunities to build their network through societies, sports clubs, and media.

Accomplishments and Alumni 

According to the National Student Survey 2018, the university has achieved an 88% satisfaction score. The Research Excellence Framework has accredited 89% of cand 90% of Nursing research of the university at the international level. It is one of only four universities in South-East England to receive a Gold rating from the Government Teaching Excellence Framework. Having said that, QS World University Rankings 2021 gave the University of Portsmouth 5 stars for teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, arts and culture, and inclusiveness. Also, Times Higher Education ranks the university as one of the Top 150 Young Universities anywhere in the world. Portsmouth has also scored 84% in course quality satisfaction among its students, in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey. As one of the country's most prestigious and well-known universities, it has a rich alumni base that includes Tim Peake, Grayson Perry, Simon Armitage, Sir John Armitt, Baroness Diana Maddock, and John Flint, the CEO of HSBC.

Student Diversity and Placements

The University of Portsmouth is known for its professional faculty and lively student life that has attracted many people globally. Portsmouth is a large University with over 17,000 Home/EU full-time undergraduate students in 2020/21 and over 28,000 students overall. The university is also home to over 5,000 international and EU students from around 160 countries. Having said that, the university is also committed to creating a working, learning, cultural and social environment based on dignity and respect. The university also works with groups including Stonewall Diversity Champions, Working Families, Time to Change, Mindful Employer, AccessAble and Disability Confident, which give it guidance and advice on equality and diversity matters. In 2021, the University of Portsmouth has achieved its Race Equality Charter Bronze Award as a result of the university's commitment to uplifting its Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and students.

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