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University of Surrey



Formally established in 1966 with roots going back to the late 19th-century, the University of Surrey has grown into a global community dedicated to education and research that impacts lives. Right from its inception, the university’s commitment to fostering high-quality academic activity and pursuing practical solutions to real-world problems has not wavered, only growing stronger with time.

The diverse range of subject areas on offer spans the entire academic spectrum, from accounting and finance to science and veterinary medicine. Supplementing and reinforcing this is world-class research and innovation, aimed at creating a transformational impact on society and moulding the future economy through collaboration with businesses, governments and even communities.

Students at the University of Surrey enjoy the best of both worlds, a vibrant campus set amidst acres of breathtakingly beautiful countryside, and the convenience of being in close proximity to the bustling town of Guildford. Everything that students need, for academics and leisure, is available on campus, from quiet spots to work, to the food market with fresh produce, a well-equipped library, modern sports facilities, and much more.

The university is renowned for its unrelenting focus on maintaining high graduate employability. The consistently impressive rates of student employment are a tribute to the industry related internships where students gain valuable hands-on knowledge, and the Professional Training placements, pioneered 60 years ago and in which the University of Surrey continues to be a leader.

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The University of Surrey has had some fantastic results in the most recent National Student Survey (NSS 2019).

Surrey ranked first in the NSS 2019 for the following subject areas:

  • French Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Veterinary sciences

It also placed within the top ten for the following subject areas:

  • Animal science
  • Design studies
  • Electronic and electrical engineering
  • Iberian studies

One survey question asked students how satisfied they were with their course, and the following courses achieved a 100 per cent satisfaction rate:

  • Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)
  • Creative Music Technology BMus (Hons)
  • Law with Criminology LLB (Hons)
  • Mathematics MMath
  • Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics BSc (Hons)
  • Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons)

The survey asks final-year undergraduate students to feedback on their experience of studying at their university. This informs a range of prestigious league tables and helps future students know which institution may be the best place for them to attend.

Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Surrey has bold visions and strives to work towards making a positive impact on the world. It does this through the excellence of its teaching staff. Professors and researchers are ambitious and innovative, with an inclusive global outlook.

Surrey has fared well in many rankings, which proves the university’s outstanding educational offering. As well as achieving gold status in the UK government’s latest Teaching Excellence Framework, it made an impression in the Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings. In 2018, it ranked 45th out of over 240 European institutions.

Furthermore, the university stands out for its research excellence. Surrey is placed at 274 in the QS World University Rankings 2020, 261 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 and 372 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities research league tables.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

An impressive 94 per cent of University of Surrey students are in professional employment within six months after graduating (HESA 2018).

Surrey works hard to help students meet their career goals. This is through employability, career management and entrepreneurship support, where students develop the skills that employers look for in the global job market.

Professional Training placements

The university has provided Professional Training placements since it pioneered the idea 60 years ago. Almost all undergraduates are able to undertake placement opportunities, which immensely boosts their graduate prospects. Students develop their personal, academic and professional skills over the course of the one-year placement. In addition, they are able to draw on the support of peers, through peer to peer coaching, and a PTY tutor. In the last five years, over 2,300 partner organisations have worked with students through industry placements in the UK and overseas. This includes well-known companies like Oracle, the Walt Disney Company and Morgan Stanley.

Career support

Surrey’s career services support students in deciding what career route is best for them, and helps them take the steps needed to get there. There is CV, application and interview support; careers fairs and workshops; and a whole wealth of resources, including the digital career hub, Surrey Pathfinder.

Global Graduate Awards 

Students have the opportunity to take advantage of the Global Graduate Awards, which are a number of free extracurricular courses offered by the university. Facilitated by experts from across the university and industry the courses, taught across 11 different languages, allow students to explore different areas and subjects, enhancing their holistic development and allowing them to stand out in the job market. Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis in the interests of sustainability.


Department structure

Department structure

At the University of Surrey, students can choose to study:

  • Undergraduate degrees
  • Postgraduate taught degrees
  • Postgraduate research degrees
  • Continuing professional development and short courses
  • Degree courses with a foundation year
  • International pathway programmes

Programmes and courses are taught from three academic faculties where there are 22 schools and departments.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Covering a variety of areas, students can grow in a learning community that focuses on the arts, humanities and social sciences. Departments include the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, the School of Law, the School of Economics, Guildford School of Acting and Surrey Business School.

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

The faculty combines the core engineering disciplines as well as specific areas of chemistry, mathematics, computing and physics. Departments include: Computer Science, Chemical and Process Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering Sciences.

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

There are four schools that offer courses in human and animal health. These are the School of Biosciences and Medicine, School of Health Sciences, School of Psychology and School of Veterinary Medicine.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

International students need to meet a number of requirements for admission to the University of Surrey.

Academic requirements

Prospective international undergraduate and postgraduate students will need grades that are accepted equivalents to UK qualifications. This depends on the student’s chosen course and country of origin. Some courses may also have additional academic requirements. For example, there is an audition process for performing arts courses.

English language requirements

A high level of English language proficiency is necessary for admission to Surrey. Specific requirements can be found on undergraduate and postgraduate listing pages where students can select their chosen course. The university accepts a range of English language qualifications.

The university also offers intensive pre-sessional English courses that aim to prepare international students for degree programmes, develop their English language proficiency and facilitate acceptance onto degrees where a certain level of English language ability is a pre-condition.


International students need a Tier 4 (General) student visa before they can study at the University of Surrey. To receive a Tier 4 visa, students must be offered a place on a course, be from outside the European Economic Areas or Switzerland, have a sufficient level of English language proficiency and be able to support themselves financially during the course.

International students are strongly encouraged to check all of the entry requirements prior to application.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

A number of scholarships and awards are on offer to eligible international students to support them financially during their studies. Students can check the availability and eligibility requirements for each award from the university. These include:

  • Surrey International Masters Scholarship: Available to applicants from Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam. Awards of GBP 2,500 are available to all applicants holding a Surrey offer to study a full-time master’s programme in 2020 (except the Surrey MBA). All successful offer holders will be awarded a tuition fee discount of GBP 2,500 on the first-year fees.
  • Asylum Seeker Bursary: Financial support is offered to students seeking asylum in the UK.
  • Choral Scholarships: Choral scholarships to the value of GBP 500 are available to eligible students with an interest in liturgical choral music. 
  • Surrey ICE Scholarship: Offering GBP 1,950 to support academic studies and professional development.

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I enjoy the diversity of things that I can be involved in at the university, which contribute to my student experience beyond the classroom. This includes the variety of societies, on-campus jobs, and helpful resources that provides the choice to do more.


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Diversity Index
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Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019
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QS World University Rankings 2019-2020
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Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019-2020
Source: THE


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