We know you’ll have questions about your potential Master’s degree with us. This is no small decision. We’ve assembled some of the most frequently asked questions about our online Master's to help you get started. If you need anything else, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can reach us via the form below and we’ll respond to you as soon as we can, or you can call a member of our course adviser team on +44(0)23 9431 1545.

Studying online

Our part-time, online courses are delivered entirely online and are designed to fit around you. You won’t need to move house or get a visa to study with us.

Plus, to ensure the course fits around your lifestyle and commitments, all of our course modules are divided into manageable weekly sections. 

You can access your course from anywhere in the world through Moodle, our easy-to-use Digital Learning Environment (DLE). If you'd like to have a personalised demo of the platform, book a meeting with one of our friendly course advisers

When you start your course, you’ll have access to our student adviser team. They’re available via phone or Moodle to answer your practical queries about online study. They’re also your go-to for tips on maintaining a healthy study/life balance and accessing specialist University support services.

For any questions relating directly to your studies, you'll be able to turn to our teaching team. They'll be happy to explain module content, learning activities, feedback, and more. 

No. When you graduate from the University of Portsmouth via an online course, your degree certificate will look identical to a student who studied on campus. Your degree will have the same academic weight as an on-campus degree.

All you need is a reliable internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer. All the course materials and activities you need to study with us are available on Moodle, our Digital Learning Environment (DLE). Moodle is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. 

No, you won't receive a timetable. This is because with Portsmouth Study Online courses, you can study on the days and times that suit you best. Learning activities and forum discussions can be fitted in around your job and other commitments. Every week, you'll have the option to join a live webinar, but these are all recorded and can be watched back at any time.

Of course - while you may be studying remotely, you're still as much a part of the Portsmouth Community as anyone else. If you're able to attend graduation on our campus, we'd love to have you with us to celebrate your achievement.


You can find information about the qualifications you need for your Master’s course on its specific course page. We understand that not everybody arrives at their postgraduate education in the same way, so if you have relevant professional experience in your chosen subject area and want to apply based on that experience, we'll still consider your application.

We offer three course start dates a year: January, May and September. For some courses, we offer additional start dates in March and November. You have the flexibility to decide on the best start date for you.

Application deadlines are listed on the relevant course pages. But it’s worth getting your application in as early as possible to ensure you’ve got time to assemble your documents, make additional arrangements if you receive a conditional offer, and prepare for your course.

If you need help getting ready to apply, don't hesitate to reach out to our course adviser team. They're here to guide you through the entire process and can offer advice on creating a strong application. 

Check the application process page for detailed information on what you need to submit. All your documentation can be submitted online, so you'll only need to share scanned copies.  

Please keep in mind that if any of your documents, such as previous qualifications, are printed in a language other than English, you'll need to provide certified copies of transcripts as well. 

You can get in touch with our course adviser team by phoning +44(0)23 9431 1545, or emailing info@study-online.port.ac.uk to ask about your application’s progress.

Typically, you'll receive a decision on your application via email within 10 working days. If you have questions along the way, you can speak with one of our course advisers on +44(0)23 9431 1545, or email info@study-online.port.ac.uk to check the progress of your application.

Fees and funding

Total tuition fees for our courses (including a £250 acceptance fee) are as follows:

  • MSc Cyber Security and Digital Forensics: £10,500
  • MSc Data Analytics: £9,400
  • MSc Global Human Resource Management: £9,500
  • MSc Project Management for Construction: £10,500
  • MSc Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management: £11,250 
  • MSc Psychology: £9,400

Guide course fee for our Global DBA (plus a £250 acceptance fee):

  • £6,950 per year

We understand that investing in a course is a big commitment. That’s why we offer flexible payment options. For more information, please visit our Fees and Funding page.

You can pay your fees online, over the phone by using a credit or debit card, or via bank transfer. For more information, please visit our Fees and Funding page.

Depending on where you're based, you may be eligible for a government loan. For more information, please visit our Fees and Funding page.

Yes. To view the most up-to-date information on what’s available and whether you qualify, please visit our Fees and Funding page.

About us

  • The University of Portsmouth was awarded a TEF Gold rating (2023), recognising consistently outstanding teaching, learning, and outcomes for its students.

  • The University is also ranked #47 in the UK by Complete University Guide (2024).

  • QS World University Rankings (2024) ranks us #500 in the world, up 200+ places since the previous ranking.

  • We were placed in the top 3 modern universities for research power (Research Excellence Framework 2021)

Our students are from all over the world, so you can expect to have course mates from different countries, industries, and specialisations.

You'll also have the chance to meet your course mates in person during our optional live events, which are held both online and in physical locations. You can find out more about these events via our Student Experience page.

Thus far, the University of Portsmouth has welcomed students from nearly 150 countries and counting. We’d love to welcome you too!