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Get started on your postgraduate journey

Find out how to get the most out of university as a postgraduate student

Congratulations on joining us. We're excited to welcome you to our university.

Find everything you need to get started on your course. Read about how you'll be taught through a blended and connected learning experience. And prepare yourself for the year ahead.

Your first month

Joining the University – register for your course

Welcome Month – activities and events

International students – info for before and after you arrive in the UK, including International Orientation

Postgraduate Research students – how the Graduate School can help throughout your research degree

Getting started on your course

Postgraduate induction timetables – meet your fellow students and the staff leading your course

Student ID Cards – access your classes, the University bus and more

Key Dates – dates for teaching blocks, consolidation weeks, Christmas, Easter and summer breaks

Guide to University terminology – a handy guide will help you understand the meanings of university words and phrases


 Advice for international students applying through Clearing

Making friends

Join our Discord – meet other new students on our Discord chat groups

Student societies and groups – meet like-minded people with similar interests from faith, cultural and academic societies

Sports tasters and clubs – make friends for life and stay active

Student Charter – be a role model by valuing everyone you meet in our island community

Res Life social events – a programme of social events and activities in halls common rooms


Support with your learning

Learning essentials

Pre-arrival modules – prepare for a new way of learning with our modules on transitioning to University, learning in higher education and values and expectations of the University.

Student engagement and attendance – how to register your attendance, including swiping your student card at teaching rooms


Support with your studies

MyPort Hub – whether you have questions about modules, assessments, or extenuating circumstances, the MyPort Hub is your first port of call

In-Sessional English – improve your written and spoken English for University

Academic Skills – get help with writing and managing assessments

Maths Cafe – support with dealing with numbers and statistics

ASDAC – if you have a disability or require support for an additional learning need, our ASDAC team can help you make the adjustments you need

Learning resources at University

Library services – access books, journals, referencing support and more on campus or at home

Virtual learning environment – your online learning materials and course activities are on Moodle

IT Services – here’s how you can log in to our Wifi, Google Apps and remote resources, including our virtual private network (VPN)

Students and public using dental health clinic

Looking after your health

Your health and wellbeing matters to us, and it's important for your learning too. Don’t forget to:

Our Student Wellbeing Service offers easy-to-access daily advice sessions, short-term and personalised 1:1 support, resources and guides for help with different issues, and workshops, courses, events and support groups to connect with others. You can contact them for help at any time during your course.

Student finance advisor with a student

Manage your money

Our Student Finance Support team is here to help you budget and make your money go further. They can offer:

  • Financial support for students facing hardship - our University Support Fund offers grants to students to help with costs like rent, bills, food and more. 
  • Advice on managing your money - including money-saving tips, setting a monthly budget, and balancing a part-time job with study.
  • Help with applying for financial support - such as scholarships and bursaries, and more.

Life in Portsmouth

When you first get to Portsmouth, here are some ideas to help you get to know living in the city.

B-roll Day one - students walking through Victoria Park

Find your way around the city and the campus

Getting to campus – there are plenty of options for getting around Portsmouth including our free term-time uni buses which run to and from campus. 

Getting around campus – you can also download a campus map or check out your building locations before you get here.


Welcome to new students from our current students

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