We are the University of Portsmouth: progressive, vibrant and a testament to our city’s heritage. We are a new kind of university, a breath of fresh air in the academic world. We are intent on discovery and connecting with our local and global community.

We are a globally responsible organisation, dedicated to identifying and solving problems, enriching people’s lives and bringing about lasting change. Our diverse innovation and research capabilities coincide with a strong track record in bringing together interdisciplinary teams to address particular challenges, which we’ve grouped into five themes:

- Democratic citizenship
- Future and emerging technologies
- Health and wellbeing
- Security and risk
- Sustainability and the environment.

The impact of our research and innovation is wide, positive and available to see in the world around us today. We stand out, not just in the UK but in the world, with excellence in areas from cosmology and forensics to cyber security, epigenetics and brain tumour research.

We have a long-standing reputation as an organisation that supports and drives economic and business development. We partner with business, industry and government to help improve, navigate and set the course for a better future. Our activities that support the local and national economy include research and consultancy services for businesses, the delivery of professional training, student placements and industrial studentships, and the provision of facilities and support for young businesses.

Studying Here

We want the best for our students. Teaching comes first at the University of Portsmouth and students are central to everything we do. We offer more than 200 undergraduate degrees, and 150 postgraduate and doctorate degrees and programmes across all subjects.

We welcome students from over 150 countries and our international network comprises regional offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi, Kuala Lupur and Lagos with representatives in 78 countries. We also have academic partnerships across Europe, America, East and South East Asia, the Middle East, and Australia further strengthen our reach.

Work placements, research and real-world settings continue to help us offer Gold Standard teaching as awarded by the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework. The recognition we receive reassures us that we’re onto something. The Economist* ranked us the ‘No.1 University for boosting graduates’ salaries’ and we are also in the top 25% of UK universities for employment outcomes five years after graduation

Our research achievements reach from the stars down to people’s everyday lives. Our industry partnerships here at Portsmouth are based on alignment of goals. We communicate throughout, we collaborate and we are focused on the same priorities; results that satisfy our industry partners.

Our research touches lives. From the nebulisation of intravenous drugs for the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis in children to informing Government policy in the design and implementation of welfare to work markets, our work is clearly results-driven.

The approach is working. Over 60% of our research has been rated as world-leading and internationally excellent*. Outstanding areas such as neuro-oncology and neuroscience, cosmology and astrophysics have placed us in the world’s top 10%*.

Working Here

It is people that make great universities, and everyone at the University of Portsmouth is committed to ensuring our students have the best possible experience, and one that fulfils

With a global reputation for academic excellence, we offer a challenging and stimulating working environment for all our staff. At the heart of one of the UK’s most historic cities, our location offers the best in compact city life combined with a stunning waterfront.

We are a modern and forward thinking institution, focused on bringing learning to life. We have a genuine passion for what we do and we are always looking at new ways to inspire and challenge those we are working with. We want to share our knowledge and professional experience and bring learning to life for our students.

Our goal is to make sure all our staff are part of an engaged University community, contributing actively to help us deliver on our aims and objectives. We want all to feel they are a part of something bigger - our students, staff and alumni should feel they'll always be part of Portsmouth.

Explore rankings data for University of Portsmouth

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Key statistics

  • 27%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 15.6
    No. of students per staff
  • 45 : 55
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 19,096
    Number of Students
Based on data collected for the 2018 World University Rankings