Whether you're starting your postgraduate course with us or returning after your first year, we're pleased to welcome you to the University. We hope you're excited to get started.

Message from Dr Theresa Callan, Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Welcome!  We are delighted to see you in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

It's a rather different world than that which we knew but we all remain as passionate as ever about understanding it and together making it a better place.

I hope you have a productive and enjoyable academic year ahead - deepening your understanding about your subject area, catching up with your peers and tutors, and developing those skills which will prepare you for a successful career after your studies.

Best wishes

Jump to your week 1 timetable

Staying safe on campus

We have all the appropriate measures in place to keep you safe. 

We’ve invested £8 million in reopening the campus with hand sanitiser stations, temperature scanners, one-way systems, enhanced cleaning, protective screens and two Covid-19 testing sites. These safety measures give you access to Covid-safe teaching rooms, the library and other student services across campus – plus IT resources and laptops you can borrow

We’ve made some changes to teaching, following Government safety advice. Most teaching sessions will be online to start with, and any face-to-face teaching will be in small groups with social distancing measures in place. 

As circumstances around the pandemic change, we may need to make further changes to courses for your safety and to comply with Government guidelines. Though it’s a fast moving situation, we'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any changes. The University and your course leader will inform you of these changes.

Find out more about campus and city life and what your study experience will be like.

International and EU students

If you're joining us from overseas, find out about our International Orientation events and what you need to do during your first weeks.

You'll need to join us in Portsmouth for the start of course. Information about registering, collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP card) and ID checks for the new academic year will be sent to you by email. 

Meeting and working with other students

You'll meet other students through friendly forums within our virtual learning environment, Moodle. If you're on Facebook, we'll encourage you to join the active group hosted by current SCCJ postgraduate students. 

Read our best practices in communicating digitally.

Meet your lecturers

During induction week, you'll meet members of your course teaching and administration team, Faculty support staff and other new students. You'll be assigned a personal tutor in your first week, who is an experienced member of academic staff.

Welcome from Paul Norman, Head of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Paul NormanWelcome to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice – with over 80 academic staff we pride ourselves on being a leading criminology School. Whether you are joining us for the first time, or are a returning student, our aim is to offer you a rewarding and challenging educational experience with our broad- ranging interdisciplinary programmes to meet your interest and future career desires. To achieve this, we have a highly diverse international academic team, former practitioners, and excellent teaching staff that draw on cutting-edge learning technologies and virtual learning environments to inspire your love of the subject and support your learning.

Many of my colleagues that you will meet, and get to know, are engaged in applied and theoretical research that will feature in your seminar room, in your online lectures, within the curated virtual learning environments.

As you settle into the ‘new normal’ of life at the University of Portsmouth, do consider your experience beyond the formal limits of your course. Whether these are social of academic these are unique opportunities that will form the life-changing experiences that Higher Education can provide you with. For these, and so many other reasons, I am confident that you will enjoy your studies and appreciate the friendly, welcoming and vibrant department you have joined. Welcome, and enjoy your time with us this year.

Accessing your online accounts

If your induction includes online activities, you'll need your student account details to access them. Your username will consist of 'UP' followed by your student ID number (for example, UP123456).

If you're having problems logging into any University systems, please contact the Service Desk – call +44 023 9284 7777 or email servicedesk@port.ac.uk.


Monday 5 October

All events are online.

9.30am – 09.50am: Welcome and Introduction to ICJS

by Programme Area Leader

9.50am – 10.35am: Meet the team 

10.40am – 11.40am: What is it like to be a PG student @ ICJS?

Interactive session 

11.50am – 12.35pm: Adapting to the new ways of learning: challenges and opportunities

Interactive session

12.35pm – 1.20pm: Lunch

1.20pm – 1.50pm: Your Tour Guide to Materials and Methods at Masters Level 

1.55pm – 2.55pm: Researching and Writing at Postgraduate Level

Interactive session 

3.00pm – 3.20pm: Making the Most of Your Masters : thinking about employability

3.25pm – 4.25pm: Next steps and a Q&A session: Everything you wanted to know

Tuesday 6 October

All events are face-to-face.

9.30am – 11.00am: Travelling down your pathway

Interactive session with your tutors 

11.30am – 1.00pm: Travelling down your pathway (repeat session)

Interactive session with your tutors


To locate individual sessions, please visit the Induction section on your Moodle course site.

Many induction sessions online will be conducted via Zoom. To ensure an enjoyable and stress-free experience during the Induction week, we highly encourage you to download and install the Zoom Application prior to 5th of October. 

Monday 5 October

Welcome, Introduction & Information

Tuesday 6 October

The Library

Wednesday 7 October

Virtual Study Day (to include scheduled meeting with personal tutor)

Thursday 8 October

Reading, Writing and Referencing Effectively

Friday 9 October

Studying Effectively, Using Feedback, Giving Feedback, Using Turnitin

To locate individual sessions, please visit the Induction section on your Moodle course site.

Monday 5 October

Welcome Back

Tuesday 6 October

Designing a Research Project/ Dissertation and Doing your Postgraduate Dissertation

Wednesday 7 October

Virtual Study Day (to include scheduled meeting with personal tutor)

Thursday 8 October

Undertaking a Literature Review and Ethics

Friday 9 October

Career Advice

To locate individual sessions, please visit the Induction section on your Moodle course site.

Keep in mind that event times and locations might change at short notice.

We recommend you bookmark, favourite or save a link to this webpage so you can revisit it before you arrive and when you're on campus.

Further information