Application to Portsmouth University

The University of Portsmouth is a public university in the city of Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. It is one of only four universities in the South-East to be rated Gold in the Government Teaching Excellence Framework.

We’re always discovering. We don’t fit the mold, we break it. Just as the world keeps moving, so do we.

We’re closely involved with our local community and we take our ideas into the global marketplace. We partner with business, industry and government to set the course for a better future. And we educate and transform the lives of our students to help them achieve their potential. 

We stand out, not just in the UK but in the world. We excel in research areas from cosmology and astrophysics to cyber security, forensics and sport science.

Since the first day we opened our doors, we’ve looked towards the future. And we’re here to help you shape it.

Each year, people from 150 countries journey across the globe to join us. So when you choose to live and study here, chances are you’ll make the same life-changing trip as countless other students from wherever you call home.

Here, you’ll find all the information you need to make the big leap to studying with us in Portsmouth – from the courses you can take and how much they’ll cost and plenty more besides.

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Entry requirements for students from Nigeria

If you’re joining us from Nigeria, the entry requirements you need to meet will depend on the course you want to study.

We consider all applications we receive. However, to make sure you get the most out of your time studying with us and have the best chance of applying successfully, we recommend the following minimum qualifications:

Foundation courses

If you’ve achieved 5 WAEC/NECO subjects (including mathematics and English language) with minimum grades of 1-6 or A-D, you’ll usually need to do a foundation year before doing an undergraduate course such as a Bachelor’s degree.

 

Our foundation courses are provided at our associated college International College Portsmouth (ICP).

Undergraduate courses

Once you’ve completed a foundation course, we’ll consider you for admission onto an undergraduate course such as a Bachelor’s degree.

You can also apply with:

A levels

  • Please check your specific course page to find the exact number of points needed. Your A level grades should equal or exceed the total points required. You can use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your total points.

  • Some courses will require you to have studied specific subjects at A level. For example, to study a science course you will usually need to have achieved passing grades in scientific subjects at A level.

  • A level points: A* = 56 A = 48 B = 40 C = 32 D = 24.

International Baccalaureate

  • Most courses will require between 24 and 31 points in the International Baccalaureate (IB), depending on the degree you apply for.

You must have studied relevant subjects and achieved strong grades.

Advanced Diplomas from APTECH/NCC and Informatics

If you have completed ADSE (APTECH) with credit or achieved GPA of 2.0 (NCC/Informatics), you may be considered for final year (top-up) entry onto the following courses:

  • BSc (Hons) Computing

  • BSc (Hons) Computing and Digital Image

  • BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems

  • BSc (Hons) Web Technologies

  • BSc (Hons) Computing and Society

  • BEng (Hons) Computer Networks

  • BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Systems (Distance Learning)

  • BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems (Distance Learning)

If you achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 or above at ADSE, you can be considered for final year (top-up) entry onto the following courses:

  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science

  • BSc (Hons) Software Engineering

  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing

Please note: detailed transcripts must be provided

 

You may be able to join an undergraduate course with other qualifications. We do consider qualifications from a range of sources. Contact us to find out more.

Postgraduate courses

For entry to our postgraduate Master’s programmes, you’ll usually need to have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised Higher Education institution:

  • 2:1 is equivalent to GPA of 3.5/5.0 (60-69%)

  • 2:2 is equivalent to GPA of 3.0/5.0 (50-59%) 

Although some courses may require a higher overall CGPA, we are also happy to consider applications with a slightly lower GPA on an individual basis.

If you don’t meet the postgraduate entry requirements, you can do a pre-Master’s programme at International College Portsmouth (ICP) for many of our courses.

PhDs

We’ll consider you for a PhD if you have a good Master’s degree and submit a research proposal.

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English language requirements

When you join us, it’s important that you can speak and understand English to the level that your course requires. The specific English language requirements will be on your chosen course page.

We accept a Grade C6 or above in English on the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), IELTS, IGCSE and several other certificates, but don’t worry if you’re currently short of the standard required – we offer English Language Programmes that will get you to the necessary level.

What to do next

Ready to start your adventure with us? Whether you know which degree course you want to do or not, get in touch with us now or meet us at an event near you to discuss your next steps.

Our Global Officers are experts in helping students from Nigeria, like you, to apply to join us. Whatever you want to know, just ask.

Scholarships and Bursaries

As a student from Nigeria, you may be eligible for a scholarship. You can find out what is available to you on our funding pages.

HOW TO APPLY AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

When you apply as an international student, you’ll follow the same process as UK students, but there are a few extra things you’ll need to know.

Applicants from some countries may have to meet individual requirements – to see what these are, visit your country page

English language requirements

You need a sufficient level of English to contribute in classes and lectures, and to complete assignments.

The level of English you need depends on the course you want to study – you can find these requirements on each course page. Before we confirm your place, you must demonstrate you meet the English language requirements for your course by supplying the results of an English language test we accept.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course when you apply, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme with us before you start your course.

Students from some countries, such as those that use English as an official language, are exempt from these requirements. Find out if your country is exempt by visiting your country’s page.

Getting a visa

As you’ll probably know already, you’ll need a visa to study in the UK, and you’ll need an offer of a place with us before you can apply for your visa, so you should apply for a course first. You can read more about this on our Visas page.

What you’ll need to send us

When you apply to join us, we’ll need to see the following documents:

  • A completed application form – there’s a link to the form you’ll need in the ‘apply’ section at the bottom of every course page

  • A Personal Statement or Statement of Purpose explaining why you want to study this course and why you have chosen our University. Some personal statements need specific information, so check your course page for full details.

  • Officially certified and translated copies of your high school or college qualification and grades (for undergraduate courses)

  • Officially certified and translated copies of your degree qualification and grades (for Postgraduate courses)

  • Proof of your English language level (such as an IELTS Certificate)

  • One academic reference on official headed paper for undergraduate courses or two references for postgraduate courses

  • Please note that we require video credibility interviews for applicants from certain countries. Our regional leads will be in contact to coordinate this with the applicant directly.

What comes next?

 

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful. If you receive an offer from us, you’ve received an offer from us, there’s plenty more to think about. Find out about preparing for being a student in the UK.

Important sections of Self Service Document to be Uploaded before Biometrics appointment Day

  1. Find all documents under each category.
  2. Scan all documents under each category.
  3. Email all documents under each category to us.

Needed document types

Residency: This is country residency document, if you are not applying in your country of nationality

Employment evidence: this might include a work certificate, letter or contract, for further information please check the User guide for supporting documentation.

Financial evidence: this might include a bank statement, savings certificate or payslips, for further information please check the User guide for supporting documentation

Sponsor evidence: this might include your sponsor’s passport and residency or an invitation letter, for further information please check the User guide for supporting documentation

Studies evidence: this might include your offer letter, for further information please check the User guide for supporting documentation

Family evidence: this might include birth and marriage certificates, for further information please check the User guide for supporting documentation

Accommodation: temporary or permanent this might include a rental or house, mortgage statement or house deed, for further information please check the User guide for supporting documentation

Travel and residency documents: we always recommend that you do not book and pay for travel and accommodation until the outcome of your visa is known

Other evidence: Any other valuable information.

It should end with a Link to download the visa application form. A sub section should contain the requirements for minors.

TUITION FEES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

How much you pay in tuition fees as an international student depends on whether your course is based in classrooms, laboratories or both, and whether your course includes a placement year. You can find out what you’ll pay on your course page. If you’re an EU student, read our Tuition fees and scholarships for EU students page

The following are typical tuition fee figures for international students for the next three years. If you take a placement year, you only pay the nominal placement year fee.

Academic Year

Fee

Placement year fee

2021/22

£15,500 – £17,600

£1,800 – £17,600

2022/23

£16,200 – £18,300

£1,800 – £18,300

For courses starting from September 2021/22, following a review of the international fee policy, the tuition fee will be fixed for the duration of that course at the University*. Please note that conditions apply and the tuition fees may be subject to a maximum inflationary rise of 5% per annum 

 

*This does not apply to courses studied at our partner institutions where a different fee policy applies – please check with the partner institution for details. 

Tuition fee reduction

If you’re seeking sanctuary, you’re usually classed as an international student for tuition fee and student finance purposes, even if you’ve lived in the UK for a long time.

 

We apply a tuition fee reduction for people seeking sanctuary. This means you do not have to pay a tuition fee deposit and you pay the same fees as home (UK) students. In order for the reduction to be applied, you will need to email photos of both sides of your Applicant Registration Card (ARC) to scholarships@port.ac.uk. Please state ‘Sanctuary tuition fee reduction’ and your applicant/student ID in the email subject line.

How to pay your tuition fees

If you are a new student (joining from October 2021 onwards) you can pay using your Applicant View – the online account that is set up when you apply to study with us.

Applicant View has several payment options. You can pay online via Flywire or arrange to pay in person using a credit or debit card.

If you are a current student (who joined before October 2021) please visit ways to pay.

If someone else is paying your fees you can send them the payment link found on your Applicant View.

Paying via Flywire

The University of Portsmouth has officially partnered with Flywire to accept payments from over 240 countries and territories, in more than 130 currencies.

Millions of students and their parents world-wide trust Flywire to facilitate their education payments. 

By making your payment using Flywire you can:

  • Pay by credit or debit card, bank transfer or by e-wallet.

  • Pay from any country or bank in your local currency.

  • Avoid bank fees and extra charges.

  • Be guaranteed the best exchange rate when making a bank transfer using Flywire. If you find a better rate within two hours, Flywire will match it.

  • Track your payment in real-time online and receive email and text alerts each step of the way, including a confirmation your payment has been securely delivered to the University of Portsmouth.

  • Get 24/7 multilingual support with any questions you have about making your payment from Flywire’s expert team. You can give them a call, send an email, or use live chat online.

  • Flywire has a robust anti-money laundering program so you can feel confident in the security of your payment. 

Deposits

Once you receive an offer from us, you can pay your fees in full if you wish. You will need to pay a minimum £3,500 deposit to confirm your place. The deposit will count towards your tuition fees.

You can use Applicant View to pay your deposit either online via Flywire or in person.

Once you have paid your deposit and met the other conditions of your offer, we will send you a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) document. You will need this for your visa

The earliest you can receive your CAS is three months before the start of your course.

You do not have to pay a deposit if:

  • You are a UK or Irish national

  • You are sponsored by your government or a company in your region – you’ll need to provide evidence to our finance department

  • You are from the USA and will receive a Federal/Sallie Mae Direct Loan

  • You will be doing a distance learning course

  • You are coming on an Exchange programme

  • You are joining us from International College Portsmouth (ICP)

  • You are an alumnus or alumna of the University and are continuing directly to a postgraduate course without any gap in studies

  • You choose not take up your place at the University

You may be able to get a refund of your deposit under certain circumstances. Please check the tuition fee policy for further information. To make a refund appeal, email refundappeals@port.ac.uk.

Halls of residence deposit

If you are staying in our halls of residence, you will also need to pay a £250 deposit. You should not pay this until you have received your accommodation offer from our Student Housing Team. Your accommodation offer will include instructions on how to pay.

When you leave the accommodation at the end of your contract, the deposit will be refunded into the account it came from. Please note, your deposit will only be returned after all your fees have been paid, you have returned your keys and a satisfactory room check has been completed by your hall manager.

If you are late in paying accommodation fees, you will receive letters and emails requesting you pay the outstanding funds. If you ignore these, you are at risk of being evicted from your halls of residence.

Installments

You can choose to pay your tuition fees in full or in two separate installments.

If you choose to pay in installments, you will pay 50% of the total cost at registration minus any deposit or prepayment you have already paid. Students starting in October will pay their second installment when they return from the winter break. Students starting in January will pay their second installment when they return from the spring break. 

Invoices

We will not send you an invoice for your fees, however once you have registered, you will be able to view the fees and payments online. You will also be able to download and print your invoice if you wish. If you receive an invoice claiming to be from the University, do not reply to it. Instead, please forward it to income@port.ac.uk so we can check if it is valid.

Non-payment of tuition fees

If you do not pay your tuition fee by the due date of your invoice, we will send you a reminder. If you fail to respond to reminder emails, a ‘Withdrawal of Service’ will be applied to your record. This restricts your access to University services such as Moodle, the Library and Wi-Fi. 

 

If you do not pay your tuition fee within four teaching weeks of losing your services, you will be excluded from your course. If you are excluded, you are no longer considered a student of the University. You will not be permitted to attend lectures, or continue to use the University services or facilities.

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