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The University of Surrey
The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s top professional, scientific and technological universities. In recent years, the University has established itself as a top university in major national university league table rankings and was named as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2016. Surrey has a world-class profile and a leading reputation in teaching and research.
QS World Ranking (2021)
Times Higher Education (2020)
Shanghai Ranking (2020)
Complete University Guide (2021)
Guardian League Table (2021)
Teaching Excellence Framework
Green Credentials (2019)
Young vs Mature
Male vs Female
The University of Surrey was established on 9 September 1966 with the grant of its Royal Charter, but its roots go back to a late 19th century concern to provide greater access to further and higher education for the 'poorer inhabitants' of London. The forerunner of the University, the Battersea Polytechnic Institute (founded 1891, first students admitted 1894), began concentrating on science and technology from about 1920, and taught day and evening students culminating in degrees from the University of London. Its academic reputation steadily grew to a point where, in 1956, it was one of the first colleges to be designated a "college of advanced technology". It was renamed Battersea College of Technology in 1957.
By the beginning of the sixties the College had virtually outgrown its main building in Battersea Park Road and, in 1962, it had already decided to move to Guildford. Shortly afterwards (1963), the Robbins Report proposed that Battersea College, along with the other colleges of advanced technology, should expand and become a university awarding its own degrees. The greenfield site for the University-designate was acquired from Guildford Cathedral, Guildford Borough Council and the Onslow Village Trust in 1965, and the move from Battersea was completed in 1970. Surrey has grown significantly since then with the development of the Surrey Research Park, Postgraduate Medical School, School of Veterinary Medicine, the Surrey International Study Centre, the Surrey Sports Park and Guilford School of Acting.
The University of Surrey has two campuses: Stag Hill and Manor Park.
The beautiful Stag Hill campus, is situated in Guildford within sight of the beautiful Surrey Hills. Guildford town centre is just ten minutes’ walk from campus, there is a frequent bus service which runs late into the night, and the local area is cycle-friendly too. Guildford is just 40 minutes by train from London, and close to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Stag Hill campus is a striking, modern campus situated in landscaped gardens which include an ornamental pond and a large lake. It offers a highly attractive environment for study, work and recreation. With social and leisure facilities, cafés and restaurants, coffee bars and common rooms, you'll find everything you need. The campus and Courts of Residence are patrolled by a friendly security team making it a safe community in which to live and work.
Manor Park is home to the Surrey Sports Park, the School of Veterinary Medicine and the brand new School of Health Sciences as well as lots of the University student accommodation.
Faculties, Schools & Departments
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
- Department of Music and Media
- Department of Sociology
- School of Economics
- School of Law
- Surrey Business School
- Department of Politics
- Guildford School of Acting
- School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
- School of Literature and Languages
Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Chemical & Process Engineering
- Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Department of Computing
- Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences
- Department of Physics
- Centre of Environment & Sustainability
Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences
- School of Biosciences & Medicine
- School of Psychology
- School of Health Sciences
- School of Veterinary Medicine
In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the University made submissions to 15 of the 36 Units of Assessment (UoAs). 22% of their research was judged as world leading (4*) and 56% as internationally excellent (3*). 8% of the University's research outputs were ranked either world-leading or internationally excellent. It performed especially well in allied health professions, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy; electrical and electronic engineering, metallurgy and materials; economics and econometrics; sociology; and sport and exercise sciences, leisure and tourism.
In the Times Higher Education Table of Excellence for REF 2014, Surrey placed within the top 40 UK universities for their research power.
International & Industrial Opportunities
As a University of Surrey student, you have the opportunity to work or study abroad as part of your undergraduate degree. There are study exchange opportunities in many subject areas, and the majority of students can choose to work abroad for their professional training year. The University of Surrey has Erasmus+ agreements across Europe and international partners worldwide, including the USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore and Japan.
Surrey International Institute-DUFE (SII-DUFE) is a joint academic partnership institution between the University of Surrey and Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE) in Dalian, China. Promising a new type of transnational approach, students from Surrey have the unique opportunity to spend part of their course at DUFE.
The Employability and Careers Centre at Surrey has won the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Award for the Best University Placement Service. It celebrates and recognises the achievements of Surrey students who undertake a placement as a key part of their study.
UK/EU Students (2019/2020)
Scholarships & Bursaries
A host of bursaries and scholarships are offered directly from the University and external providers.
The Full Surrey Award of £3,000 is available to full-time fees paying UK undergraduate students with a household income of less than £25,000, and resident in POLAR4 postcodes rated 1 or 2*. The bursary will be awarded in every year of undergraduate study provided the recipient progresses normally on the programme.
The Care Leaver bursary of £1,000 is offered to qualifying students under 25 years of age, who have been in local authority care for at least 13 weeks after the age of 14. The bursary will be awarded in every year of undergraduate study provided the recipient progresses normally on the programme and excluding the Professional Training year or repeat periods of study.
Please visit the University of Surrey website for the full list of scholarships and bursaries.
The Library & Learning Centre is the academic heart of the University. The Library has a vast collection of books and journals, and you can access the electronic collection of books and journals on or off campus. There are silent areas for individual study, communal learning zones for group work and bookable rooms. The Library is open daily, staying open 24 hours a day. There is an academic librarian for each subject area who can introduce you to the Library, and help you to find and use the information resources for your academic needs.
Located on level one of the library is the dedicated Academic Skills and Development (SPLASH) team where you can get support from the Learning Development Advisers and Learning Development Librarians.
The University’s Virtual Learning Environment SurreyLearn is used in a variety of innovative ways to support, and enhance, teaching and learning. You can use SurreyLearn to access information and guidance related to your programme modules, and to enjoy a rich set of activities and interactive materials that support your learning.
The Surrey Sports Park offers a range of world class facilities including a 50m swimming pool, 120-station health and fitness centre, indoor climbing centre, three multi-purpose sports arenas, six glass-backed squash courts, eight floodlit outdoor tennis courts, three floodlit artificial grass pitches, three multi-purpose exercise studios, a spinning studio and the Bench sports bar and restaurant. These facilities were used by 14 Olympic and 4 Paralympic nations in preparation for London 2012 Olympics. Sport at the University of Surrey opens up a number of opportunities to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle, meet new people and have fun. Surrey offers one of the largest and most diverse sports, dance and group fitness programmes of any UK university. There are also over 40 student sports clubs to join including football, hockey, water polo and archery to name just a few on the ever expanding list. These clubs will offer you the opportunity to enjoy your sport and the chance to compete in the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) competition in which Surrey is now a top 50 university, and climbing the rankings all the time. You don't have to join a club to play competitively as there are a range of social clubs, sessions and fixtures for those who just want to keep fit and have fun. Team Surrey also offers opportunities for a variety of volunteering projects, particularly in coaching and community involvement, which are enjoyable and can add something extra to your university experience.
Surrey Students’ Union (USSU) is a non-profit organisation run by students for students and every new student automatically becomes a member of the USSU free of charge.
USSU has three entertainment venues on campus. Hari’s is the Students’ Union’s bar and hosts regular quiz and open mic nights, along with the odd Rock 'n' Roll Bingo and Comedy Club. The Basement is a multipurpose underground space., functioning as a smaller, more intimate club venue. The space can be used for music, arts and creativity of any kind. Rubix is the USSU main nightclub and holds up to 1550 students and hosts regular nights, as well as society and special events, including the ever-popular Thursday market selling fruit, vegetables, bread, cakes and clothing, all at bargain prices. Rubix plays host to some of the best DJs and live bands around.
USSU also offers a range of student societies for you to get involved in, including political, arts, departmental, international and special interest societies. Through the USSU, students can also get involved in volunteering or media, including Stag Radio, Stag TV and The Stag – the student magazine.
USSU can also help you with academic, housing and personal safety advice.
Religion & Spirituality
Chaplains are representative practitioners who, true to their own faith or belief, engage openly and honestly with those of all faiths and those who do not have a specific faith. They offer one-to-one pastoral care during your time as a student.
The Chaplaincy Centre is located on Stag Hill campus and supports worship and spiritual practices, and the promotion of dialogue and peaceful co-existence between people of all faiths and beliefs. It hosts a multi-faith lounge area, a Christian oratory (prayer room) and Jewish Common Room for personal prayer and devotions.
There is the Quiet Centre on campus which is available as a multi-faith, quiet environment for individuals and groups, primarily for prayer, worship, meditation and contemplation; a dedicated Islamic Prayer Centre for Muslim daily prayers; and as well as a common room in Manor Park available for multi-faith prayers, quiet study and meetings.
Health & Wellbeing
The University Health Centre is located on the Stag Hill campus and offers many of the same services as other NHS surgeries in the area, meaning you don't have to leave campus for most of your medical needs.
The Centre for Wellbeing is here to support your health, emotional and psychological wellbeing so that you can reach your full potential during your time at Surrey. Support available includes: mental health support, help with eating disorders, health and wellbeing advice, guidance on the management of stress, counselling services, workshops and specialised initiatives and events.
The Counselling service at the Centre offers personal consultations with counsellors who can help with emotional and psychological issues, supporting you on your journey through life.
The University also has a number of free and confidential online services available to support your health and wellbeing. The Big White Wall provides a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings and learn how to improve and self-manage your mental health and wellbeing. Nightline is a confidential and anonymous listening service for students, run by trained student volunteers.
The Surrey Careers Service offers a wide range of services, helping to make Surrey students employable. These services include a one-to-one careers guidance service, employer presentations on campus, two annual career fairs, skills workshops, an online vacancy bulletin, a programme of careers talks, help putting your CV together, advice on application-form completion and practice interviews. Help does not stop when your course ends, but continues for up to three years after you graduate.
Surrey Pathfinder is a digital hub with 24-hour access for careers appointments and event bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools. You can use Pathfinder to discover the career that is right for you, develop the skills you need to succeed and dive in with work experience and placements.
Self-catered (per week) (2020/2021)
The University of Surrey's Accommodation Office will help you find the right place to live, on or off campus, at an affordable rent, throughout your time at the University.
As a first-year student, you will be guaranteed a place in University accommodation. Approximately two thirds of Surrey’s accommodation are within the Courts of Residence on the Stag Hill campus, and there is also accommodation at the nearby Manor Park and Hazel Farm. You can access the University easily from all of the Courts of Residence, whether on foot or by bus.
Designed as a car-free student village, with a subsidised bus service, Manor Park offers a first-class learning and living environment. Manor Park is one mile away, 20 minutes’ walk or a short cycle ride from the Stag Hill campus – it has over 1,500 en-suite rooms, a café and easy access to the Surrey Sports Park.
In addition, Hazel Farm, on the edge of Guildford provides an affordable option with the added benefit of a free bus pass valid throughout the town.
Students in University accommodation share a kitchen-dining room, and have access to inclusive broadband and possessions insurance at no additional charge. There are communal areas with TV rooms, all residences are non-smoking, and although most accommodation is mixed-sex, you can choose to live in a single-sex flat if you wish. Specially adapted rooms are available for students with physical disabilities on Stag Hill and Manor Park campuses.
Business Management & Hospitality
Engineering & Science
English Language Requirements
The University generally asks for IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band or equivalent for undergraduate study. However, the score or level of English language required varies between courses So, please, visit the University course pages for more information.
The Surrey Prestige Scholarships are available to overseas fee paying undergraduates and aimed at high achievers and recognises academic excellence. The scholarship is £2,500 in the form of a tuition fee waiver in the first year.
The Surrey Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) Merit Scholarship provides a £2,000 cash award and membership of Surrey Sports Park for the first year of study for eligible direct-entry overseas undergraduate students on one of their stipulated programmes.
There is support for International Students prior to leaving home, on arrival and throughout their time at Surrey. The International Pre-Departure Guide is full of useful and practical information to help international students make preparations for their new life in the UK as a Surrey student. To make sure that students feel welcome and comfortable about coming to the University of Surrey the International Student Support prepares a Meet and Greet airport pickup and Orientation Programme.
In addition, there are International Student Advisors available to offer professional advice on any matter that is particular to the international community — for example, immigration and visa issues, police registration, part-time employment regulations, and any language or study skills problems.