The university’s roots go back to 1869, with the founding of Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and Art – set up to train engineers and skilled workmen for the city docks and the Royal Navy dockyard.
In the 1960s it was renamed Portsmouth Polytechnic, and was one of the largest polytechnics in the UK, before being granted university status in 1992.
By 2016 the university had expanded to 20,000 students on campus, with a further 4,000 studying off-campus through online learning, and with partners in the UK and abroad.
The university has five Faculties: Science, Technology, Creative & Cultural Industries, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Portsmouth Business School.
Location and Transport
Located on the south coast of England alongside four miles of beaches, with the stunning countryside of the South Downs National Park within easy reach.
Located near the A3, M27 and M3, with good road and rail links to other major cities, including London which is just 90 minutes away by train.
Gatwick and Heathrow airports are also easily accessible, each being just over an hour away by road.
Free university bus service between Guildhall and Langstone campuses, cheap cabs and lots of flat ground for cycling.
Regular ferry services to France, Spain and the Isle of Wight.
A compact city, with most university buildings, shops and entertainment within walking distance of each other.
The university accepts the majority of nationally recognised advanced qualifications, and gives equal consideration to academic and vocational qualifications for all courses.
The university normally requires a minimum of three GCSE passes in subjects other than those offered at A level. GCSE passes relate to grades A*–C. We require applicants to have passed GCSE English and maths.
The university may also take into consideration relevant skills and expertise gained from work experience or vocational training.
You can find detailed course requirements on our website.