About University of Surrey

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About University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is an ambitious, research-intensive institution offering undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes in a wide range of subject areas. 40 minutes by train from London and within easy reach of Heathrow and Gatwick airports, Surrey benefits from a prime location and a pleasant, modern campus, set among gardens and a picturesque lake, just a short walk from the centre of Guildford.

The last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed Surrey as one of the world’s leading research centres, with 88% of the University’s research activity rated ‘world class’ or ‘internationally recognised’. Four areas of research activity were placed in the top ten, and a total of nine areas were ranked in the top 20. Notably in RAE, 95% of the School of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences research was awarded top ratings, the highest of any UK University.

Surrey’s undergraduate programmes are also highly rated, with The Times Good University Guide 2015 ranking 11th of its subject areas in the top 20, including Engineering, Economics, Sociology, Food Science and Drama, Dance and Cinematics and Surrey consistently ranks number 1 for Hospitality and Tourism in the UK. The Guardian University Guide 2015 positions University of Surrey as 6th overall in the UK.

Subject rankings:

The Guardian University Guide 2015 – Overall 6th



Electrical & Electronic Engineering 1
Tourism Transport & Travel 2
Modern Languages & Linguistics 3
Civil Engineering 4
Dance & Drama 5
Economics 6
Politics 6
Computer Science & IT 9
Sociology 9
Accounting & Finance 10
Psychology 11
Mechanical Engineering 12
Nursing & Paramedical Studies 13
Music 13
Biosciences 13
Business & Management 15
Maths 15
Chemistry 16
Law 17
Chemical Engineering 19
Physics 22

The Times Good University Guide 2015 – Overall 11th



Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism


Electrical & Electronic Engineering


Food Science




Accounting and Finance


Biological Sciences


Civil Engineering


Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering






Drama, Dance and Cinematics


Mechanical Engineering


Chemical Engineering






Business and Management


Physics and Astronomy




All undergraduate students have the opportunity to enhance their career prospects by gaining work experience through Surrey’s pioneering Professional Training programme. Surrey has long been recognised as the University for Jobs, and for more than a decade the graduates have had the highest success in securing full time graduate level employment of any English Chartered University (including Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton and Warwick).


With more than 12,000 students from over 140 countries, the University of Surrey has a long history of welcoming international students from all around the world, and is part of a strong global partnership network of prestigious academic institutions.

The University of Surrey is proud to offer all students an exceptional environment within which to live and study. The campus offers cutting edge facilities; modern lecture theatres, teaching rooms, computer and science labs, library, bookshop, post office, convenience store, bank, launderette and several restaurants.

The Students Union runs over 50 clubs and societies, ranging from special interest, international and religious based societies providing the opportunity to meet and socialise with likeminded peers. University of Surrey also have one of the biggest sports and fitness extra-curricular programmes of any UK University. The state of the art Surrey Sports Park offers high quality health and fitness facilities including a 50m pool, sports hall, 120-station gym, indoor climbing centre, grass and 3G artificial sports pitches, squash courts and social space.

The University of Surrey guarantees accommodation to all single international students for the duration of their studies. Both mixed and single sex accommodation is available upon request and all rooms have free unlimited broadband connections. With more than 2,500 en-suite rooms and a new student village, the University of Surrey offers high quality self-catered accommodation that feels like a home from home.

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