Rise in applications at Portsmouth university

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THE University of Portsmouth has seen a six per cent rise in applications for undergraduate courses starting this autumn, compared to last year.

The rise is more than double the 2.8 per cent rise in applications nationally.

The university received 26,503 applications by the UCAS deadline of January 15.

Those hoping to study at Portsmouth have shown a particularly strong interest in traditional subjects including the sciences, accounting with finance and law.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, Professor John Craven, said: ‘We continue to attract well-qualified undergraduate students and we are particularly pleased to see a resurgence in those interested in studying subjects which employers value highly.

‘Portsmouth continues to attract good quality students, including a very good number who achieve AAB at A-level.’

At subject level, psychology attracted 296 more applications than the previous year; accounting with finance attracted 184 more, and sport and exercise science attracted 118 more.

The university has also seen an 80 per cent rise in applicants for biochemistry.