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University of Surrey

Granted its Royal Charter in 1966 and with a history that stretches back over 120 years, the University of Surrey is an established institution of learning that has built up a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and innovation.

Main Campus:
Stag Hill

Stag Hill

Student Population:

 Arts and Human Sciences, Business, Economics and Law, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Health and Medical Sciences


Why Choose Surrey?

Granted its Royal Charter in 1966 and with a history that stretches back over 120 years, the University of Surrey is an established institution of learning that has built up a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and innovation.


Teaching Quality

The University of Surrey has developed an innovative and unique teaching environment that supports and stimulates individual learning.

  • Learning at Surrey is a partnership between the University and the student. This positive collaboration allows students to take control of their own learning and allows students to build upon this for future success.
  • The recently refurbished and extended library is open 24/7 during semesters, has Wi-Fi throughout the building and there are specialist librarians for each academic area.
  • The University also seeks to ensure that students are learning in the most technologically modern environments. In some lectures students will be able to vote anonymously to questions posed by lecturers, whilst in others students will find themselves using state of the art computerised human patient simulators.
  • Additionally nearly all undergraduate students at Surrey have the opportunity to take part in the University’s prestigious Professional Training Programme. During the placement lecturers will visit students several times regardless of where they are.
  • Surrey’s programmes of study are continually being updated to reflect changes in knowledge, industry requirements and real-world practice, ensuring students are kept at the forefront of new developments.
  • Following official subject assessments of the University’s teaching, nine subject areas were awarded ‘excellent’ ratings including Business and Management, Economics, Physics, Electronic Engineering, Psychology, Civil Engineering and Materials Technology.
  • In the 2013 league tables Surrey performed well. It was ranked 19th overall in the Guardian University Guide 2013, 21st in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2012 and 22nd in the Complete University Guide 2013.
  • Hospitality and Tourism at Surrey was ranked as the best in the UK by the Times, Guardian and Complete University Guides.
  • In the 2012 Times Good University Guide Surrey has 9 subjects that are in the top 10: Hospitality and Tourism (1st); Electrical and Electronic Engineering (2nd); Food Science (2nd); Sociology (3rd); Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (4th); Mechanical Engineering (5th); Civil Engineering (8th); Chemical Engineering (9th); and Economics (10th).


Research Quality

Surrey undertakes wide-ranging and pioneering research that is helping to bring benefits to many different spheres of life.

  • Surrey has been awarded three Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition for the research undertaken by the University, the most recent being in 2011.
  • In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, 88% of the University’s research was judged to be of either “world-leading” or “internationally-recognised” quality.
  • 4 areas were ranked in the top 10 and a total of 9 areas in the top 20.
  • Surrey has an enviable record for attracting research grants and project funding from globally prestigious bodies, research councils and major corporations.
  • The University is a member of the prestigious 1994 Group of Universities, a body that brings together some of the UK’s most research intensive universities.



The University of Surrey has a long tradition of welcoming students from all over the world. There are currently over 140 nationalities represented on campus.

  • Over 3,000 students at the University are from overseas.
  • International students ranked Surrey 5th overall for the reception they received from the University.
  • The University is a founder-member of the University Global Partnership Network, which sets out to create a foundation for international collaboration enabling academics and students from some of the world’s top universities to work together on issues of global importance.
  • The University is also a member of the Santander Universities, a worldwide network of over 800 tertiary education institutions.


Student Satisfaction

Surrey seeks to provide the best educational experience for its students and is working towards being voted the UK’s best university for student satisfaction.

  • In the 2011 National Student Survey students at Surrey gave the University an overall satisfaction rating of 87%, an improvement of 5% from the previous year.
  • Surrey secured top-ten positions for eight different categories in the 2011 WhatUni? Student Choice Awards, including Overall Rating, Accommodation, University Facilities, and Courses and Lectures. Additionally it won top spot for Job Prospects.
  • We are the most welcoming university in the UK. The 2010 i-graduate survey names us best UK University for Overall Satisfaction with Arrival Experience.


Employable Graduates

The University of Surrey works to give its students the abilities and skill sets that will give them an advantage in their future careers.

  • Surrey has an unrivalled track record for graduate employment levels.
  • The most recent results show 94.8% of recent Surrey graduates were either in full-time employment or further study.
  • This is the highest figure for any chartered English university.
  • The University has links with over 500 companies. This ensures that Surrey’s degrees meet the needs of employers for well-educated, highly skilled and motivated people who can make an immediate contribution.


Areas Of Study

Variety of Courses

The University of Surrey offers students a wide variety of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

  • At undergraduate level students can choose to study a wide variety of subjects, from Accounting and Finance to Microbiology.
  • For those students who require a little more pre-university education, Surrey, through the International Study Centre, offers an International Foundation Year which will ensure students will gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their degree. Pre-Masters are also offered by the ISC for those students wishing to study Economics at Masters Level.
  • Similarly Surrey offers a wide range of subjects to study at the postgraduate level and offers both taught and research masters.


Campus Facilities


The University of Surrey is located in the county town of Guildford. Whilst students will find all that they need on campus, Guildford too has a great deal to offer students. The town is an exciting mix of historical, cultural and modern attractions. The town contains all the needed modern conveniences whilst retaining a village feel. The town boasts its own cathedral, art gallery, museum, theatres and cinemas. For those who like to shop the town’s cobbled high street, criss-crossed by lanes and alleyways, offers a full day’s retail therapy. There are lots of independent and boutique shops and cosy coffee shops as well as two shopping centres. Once shopping has finished there are plenty of international restaurants to cater to all palates, from traditional English pubs to Indian and Chinese restaurants. The town also has a lively nightlife scene with many different pubs, bars and nightclubs to socialise in. The town also has its very own independent festival. One of the fastest-growing festivals, now over 100 bands perform at the festival ensuring it is not something to be missed. Guildford is also home to its own Ice Hockey and Basketball teams for those who enjoy watching sport.

Guildford is set in the southern county of Surrey. Surrey contains large areas of mature woodlands (indeed it is the most wooded county in the country) and particular natural beauty spots can be found at Box Hill, Leith Hill and Newlands Corner. To help enjoy this there is an extensive network of footpaths and bridleways. Surrey also borders the UK’s capital city London and there is easy train and road access to the city (taking less than one hour). This means that all of London’s many attractions and sights are within easy reach of students at the university.

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