Uganda student in halls

Applying from Uganda?

Here's all the information you need to study with us

If you’re from Uganda and interested in studying in the UK, the University of Portsmouth is a great place to fulfil your ambitions. And if you’re ready to take the next step, we’re ready to help you get here.

On this page, you'll find information about where you can meet us in your region, what you need to do to apply for a course with us and contact details for our people in your area.

Entry requirements for students from Uganda

If you're joining us from Uganda, the entry requirements you need to meet will depend on the course you want to study.

We consider all applications we receive. However, to make sure you get the most out of your time studying with us and have the best chance of applying successfully, we recommend the following minimum qualifications:

Foundation courses

If you have one of the following (with 'credit' in a minimum of 5 subjects including English and Maths), you'll usually need to do a foundation year before doing an undergraduate course such as a Bachelor's degree:

  • East African Certificate of Education (EACE)
  • Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC)
  • Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE)
We recommend you take a foundation course at our associated college International College Portsmouth (ICP).

Undergraduate courses

We'll consider you for admission onto an undergraduate course such as a Bachelor's degree if you have completed a foundation course.

You can also apply if you have a minimum of 3 subjects equivalent to A Levels in:

  • the Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC)
  • the Higher National Diploma
  • the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE)

You must have studied relevant subjects and achieved strong grades.

You can also apply with:

A levels

  • Please check your specific course page to find the exact number of points needed. Your A level grades should equal or exceed the total points required. You can use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your total points.
  • Some courses will require you to have studied specific subjects at A level. For example, to study a science course you will usually need to have achieved passing grades in scientific subjects at A level.
  • A level points: A* = 56 A = 48 B = 40 C = 32 D = 24.

International Baccalaureate

  • Most courses will require between 24 and 31 points in the International Baccalaureate (IB), depending on the degree you apply for.

You may be able to join an undergraduate course with other qualifications. We do consider qualifications from a range of sources. Contact us to find out more.

Postgraduate courses

For entry to our postgraduate Master's programmes, you'll usually need to have a Bachelor's degree from a recognised Higher Education institution.

Typical minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements:

  • From 2.8 on a scale of 1-4
  • From 7 on a scale of 1-10

If you don't meet the postgraduate entry requirements, you can do a pre-Master's programme at International College Portsmouth (ICP) for many of our courses.


We'll consider you for a PhD if you have a good Master’s degree and submit a research proposal.

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English language requirements

When you join us, it’s important that you can speak and understand English to the level that your course requires. The specific English language requirements will be on your chosen course page.

We will usually accept a Grade C/1-6 in English in the following:

  • the East African Certificate of Education (EACE)
  • the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC)
  • the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE)

We accept a Grade C or above, or between 1-6 in English on the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE), IELTS, IGCSE and several other certificates, but don’t worry if you're currently short of the standard required – we offer English Language Programmes that will get you to the necessary level.

What to do next

Ready to start your adventure with us? Whether you know which degree course you want to do or not, get in touch with us now or meet us at an event near you to discuss your next steps.

Our Global Officers are experts in helping students from Uganda, like you, to apply to join us. Whatever you want to know, just ask.

Scholarships and Bursaries

As a student from Uganda, you can apply for various scholarships and bursaries, including the International Alumni Referral Award and Chevening Scholarship. You can find more information about these on our funding page.

Representatives and agents

If you want to learn more about studying with us or you want help with your application, contact one of our official representatives in Uganda:

Agents in Uganda

Overseas Educational Services

Plot 6 Wilson Rd
The Mall Shopping Centre
Duse Pharmaceuticals Ltd Offices Shop 30
PO Box 9675

Contact person: Solomon Edward Semanda
Tel: (+256) 75-262-9482


Uniserv Uganda

SM Chamber, Plot 14
Hannington Road
Opp Kampala Serena
PO Box 36343
Contact person: Hillary Kiplimo

Tel: (+256) 41-425-9220


Student Liaison Group

Plot 23 A2 Akii Bua Road
Kampala, 978

Tel: (+256) 772-060980


Premier Education Services

1st Floor
Moil House, Opp YMCA,

Tel: (+256) 70-020-7684


Events in Uganda

HE Fair

Date: Thursday 19 and Friday 20 September 2019

Event type: Exhibition

Time: 9.00am—4.00pm

Venue: Golf Course Hotel

Location: Golf Course Hotel,  Yusuf Lule Road, Yusuf Lule Rd, Kampala, Uganda


University of Portsmouth's Senior Global Officer, Jenny Hyde will be taking part in the Rainbow International School HE Fair on both 19 and 20 September at the Golf Course Hotel, Kampala. If you are interested in studying a Foundation Year, Bachelors or Masters Degree in the UK in 2020, please come along. We can answer any questions you may have about the course, living in Portsmouth, your accommodation and visa application.

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