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. 

But what is it really like to study with Portsmouth Online?

Hear how current student, Jake, balances his studies with a career, and why he chose Portsmouth. Watch an extract from our on-demand Q&A with our adviser team to find out more. 

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[MUSIC PLAYING] JAKE SIMPSON: There are very few universities that do this type of course that suits my needs. So I needed to stay in work. I can't obviously move to be near Portsmouth. I'm up in Manchester. So there was only a handful of universities that offer this type of course. So Portsmouth was just at the top.

ALEXIS GRIFFITHS: Yeah. No, that's great. So for everyone attending today, like Jake is doing construction. But if you're looking at a different course, like he mentioned, accreditations that might come with the course, the ranking of the University, and what we at Portsmouth have to offer could help you make your decision.


JAKE SIMPSON: Absolutely not. No, I would say it's an accolade, if anything, because it means that you've bettered yourself whilst you're working. I think it being career suicide to drop out of the workplace market now and join the University full time, and then come wandering out with me degree and go back in.


There's stuff that I've learned. I'm a bit of a it all, [LAUGHS] I thought this was just going to be a piece of paper that proves that I know it all. And what it's taught me is that I've got a lot, still a lot to learn even though I've been in construction for 25 years.


JAKE SIMPSON: It's furnished me with the skill. I now can see where construction is going to be in 25 years from now. In a digital world, everything else has gone smart, smart phones, smart cars, smart--

ALEXIS GRIFFITHS: Yeah. that's also a really good point, Jake. In a digital world, so the industry and other people's industry are growing in a digital world and you're doing the degree in a digital world as well. Like you said, you're uploading your assignments digitally, you're looking at everything, you're downloading.


Course advisers

Our course advisers are your first point of contact. They can answer your questions about choosing the right course, the application process and what funding is available to you. Give them a ring on +44 (0)23 9400 3692, or email They’re happy to help.

Student advisers

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.

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Hear from a student

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

Academic team

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.

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.

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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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  ❯

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