Be part of a community 

We know that studying for a postgraduate degree is a big commitment. However, as one of our students, you won’t need to take it on alone. 

From the moment you start researching courses, to even beyond graduation, we’ll be with you to make sure your experience is as smooth and rewarding as possible.

Who you'll meet

Our enquiry adviser team are your first point of contact. They'll confirm whether your qualifications and work experience could make you a good fit for your chosen course. 

If it looks like you have the potential to succeed on the course, our course adviser team will be on hand to guide you through the application process. They'll also be available to answer any questions you have about course content, learning online, and more. 

Once you start your course, you'll be supported by the student adviser team. They’re available on the phone or via email to answer your non-academic queries about studying online. They can also give you tips on managing your work/study/life balance, and can direct you to University support services.

You’ll have regular discussions with our academics in webinars and online forums. They’ll give you feedback on your progress through the course, and answer your questions on course content, learning activities and assessments.

Hear from a student in our Q&A

[MUSIC PLAYING] - Obviously, my original sort of search, if you like, was to find a course that fit the boxes and the modules that I felt were relevant to me and my line of work, because I was already working in the field that I wanted to study. So I wanted to find something that I felt was going to benefit my skill development in my career. So that was number one for me.

I found very soon that the course that I'm now on, which is the Cyber Security and Digital Forensics course, all of the modules in there looked like they were ticking all the boxes of what I wanted to learn. Obviously, I did find a couple of other options at other places. So I think the deciding factor for me is when I first inquired about how I inquire about enrolling and what happens. What do I do?

Just the initial response from University of Portsmouth, it felt very welcoming. And Rossella specifically was very approachable and informative. And I felt like it was a really easy process to get information and figure out how to start the ball rolling with it.

So yeah, in general, the course itself, the practicality and convenience of distance learning, and having something tailored around someone that works full time, or works in general, was great. So yeah, it just ticked all of those boxes for me.

- What was key in your decision-making was that initial introduction by the course advisor. Rossella is obviously an exceptional course advisor with us. And I assume then that it was how quickly you built that relationship together which sort of convinced you that this is a university that appreciates me, is considerate towards what I'm trying to do and achieve, has been able to explain everything really well. And that played some sort of significant role in your decision-making, I guess.

ERIN GRUNDY: Yeah, exactly, because I found I had quite a lot of questions. I do tend to ask a lot of questions because I think a lot of things. And if she didn't have an answer, she went away and found one very quickly. So I just felt-- it felt quite catered and not intimidating. It felt a little bit informal, obviously still on a professional level but informal enough to feel like I was being catered for in terms of finding the right thing.

FREDDIE DANIELS: You're a postgraduate student, right? You're in that stage of your life where it doesn't have to be a robotic sort of human talking to a human. It is an informal-- this is what you want to do. This is great. This is what it is. This is what we offer. This is how we can guide you through the process. So that's all really positive, and I'm really happy that you had that experience.


- There is a lot to learn in construction, to be honest, and there are a lot to go through. So this course is giving me-- it's helping me to develop my knowledge, first of all, and my skills, which will make me become a good manager.

And it helps you learn what right CDMs to use and what right technology to use in terms of leading your project, because now we are doing contractual law. We started the contractual law module. So there is a lot to learn in this. There is a lot of regulations, obviously. There is a lot to learn in health and safety. And there is a lot to learn in how to price your job and to bring profit to your company.


- It takes a little bit of getting used to. And you have to introduce it and let things settle and work things to your own personal schedule. But in general, I think it works as quite a nice balance. I'm a little bit like Ana. I'm quite headstrong. And I'm quite devoted to just quite working hard, and I can't not study. If I'm not doing this, I'd be doing something else.

So I like to occupy my time. But on the occasion where I do fancy actually leaving the house and socializing, I feel like because of the flexibility and the way that the course is structured, it does allow you to kind of manage your own time and squeeze things around that. But it feels balanced.

I work a full-time job. Obviously, there's the masters itself. And then I do other things like I do broadcasting on Twitch, and things like that. So I find I work everything around it, and everything is balanced. So yeah, it fits in quite nicely with everything.


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I can honestly say I wouldn’t have taken the leap to apply if it wasn’t for the support from my course adviser. He made me feel very positive about the whole process, the course, and most importantly, about myself.

Gemma Trathan
MSc Psychology

The Formula Student Car really attracted me so it’s no shock that I’ve ended up on the team! We race in July and spend the whole year designing, manufacturing and testing the car before the big day.

Adele Gibb
Mechanical Engineering Graduate

Support services 

We have even more resources in place to guide you during your studies – for while you may be learning remotely, you certainly won’t be on this journey alone. Explore our range of student support services.

Learn more

Face-to-face events

Our optional face-to-face events are a great opportunity to meet your academic team and fellow students. They usually involve visiting a conference and taking part in hands-on workshops. As an online student, you can attend up to 2 face-to-face events per academic year. Costs relating to the event itself (such as entry fees) are covered by us, but you’ll need to pay for your own travel and accommodation.

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See what our students have to say

Learn more about what it's like to study with us with feedback from current and past students. 

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Once you finish your degree, it’s time to celebrate. You’re invited to toast your achievements with family and friends on our campus in Portsmouth. On your graduation day, you can be formally awarded your degree certificate by the University Chancellor alongside other online and on-campus students. If you can travel to Portsmouth, graduation is a brilliant chance to meet the rest of your class and receive recognition for your achievements. You’ve earned it.

Learn more about graduation

After you graduate

Our support doesn't end when you complete your course. Our Alumni Association is a global community that helps all our former graduates stay connected to the University of Portsmouth and to each other. As a University of Portsmouth alumnus, you can continue accessing our learning and professional development opportunities throughout your career. You’re also eligible for support from our Careers and Employability Service for up to 5 years after you graduate. They’ll help you prepare for job roles and provide access to more than 6,000 employers.

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