Portsmouth University was given university status in 1992, but prior to that it was Portsmouth Polytechnic. It is based in the city, with buildings spread out including accommodation in the city centre, overlooking the harbour and by the beach. The university has invested more than £180 million in its buildings and facilities over the past 10 years and it has been named the most affordable city in the UK for students.
The university has around 23,000 students and 4,000 of these are international students. It offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. It also provides six degree apprenticeships programmes in subjects including Chartered Management, Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development and Digital and Technology Solutions.
In the Guardian University Guide 2017, Portsmouth was ranked 43rd. The university claims that its graduates earn more than the sector average, and 93% of its graduates are in work or higher education six months after graduation. .
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