Applying to Surrey

To apply for a programme, you will need to complete and submit an application form, which you can access via the specific programme pages at www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate.

While there is no formal application deadline for the majority of our programmes, you are advised to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Where a programme does have an application deadline, the date is detailed on the specific programme page.

Application

Prior to making your application you should refer to the specific programme profile page on the website for a list of the mandatory documents that you will be required to provide as part of your application. In addition, if you’re applying for admission to a postgraduate research programme, you’re advised to discuss your proposed topic of research with the appropriate faculty. While there is no formal application or deadline for the majority of our programmes, it’s best to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Where a programme does have an application deadline, the date is detailed on the specific programme profile page on the website. Shortly after submitting your application, you will be emailed details of how to access the applicant portal where you will be able to track the status and outcome of your application.

Admissions Policy and Selection

The University of Surrey offers a high-quality learning environment which supports you in achieving your full potential in your academic discipline and prepares you for your career and lifelong learning. It is University policy that all applicants are considered primarily on merit and their academic potential. We welcome applications from people who, in addition to any formal qualifications, can demonstrate:

• Intellectual ability (sufficient to profit from the vigorous demands of a degree programme)

• Suitability for their chosen programme of study

• Motivation to study

• Interest in their chosen subject

To be considered for an offer, you will usually be expected to have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, our minimum entry requirements or above. However, we are unable to guarantee that meeting the grades stated in our entry requirements will be enough to enable us to make you an offer. All aspects of your application will be taken into account when deciding to make an offer to you. Admission to the University is subject to your acceptance and observance of the University’s rules and regulations. 

 

International Applicants

English language requirements

To benefit fully from a postgraduate programme, you will need a good standard of English and will have to provide evidence of your ability. The minimum standard required is shown below, which applies to the majority of programmes. Where a higher level is required, this will be detailed within the taught programmes table.

The following qualifications are accepted by the University as evidence that you meet our minimum level of competence in English:

• Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (grade B)

• Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (grade C)

• International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (you must achieve both our minimum overall band score for the programme and our minimum for each component); the test must have been taken no earlier than two years before the start of your programme

The University of Surrey has an IELTS test centre on campus. If you have IELTS at 0.5 below the required level for your programme and at no lower than 0.5 below the level in any single component, you will meet our English requirements upon subsequent successful completion of the University of Surrey’s ten-week pre-sessional English programme, PS10, without the need to take another IELTS test.

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You don’t need to show an English qualification if you’re a citizen of a majority English-speaking country, as defined by the UK Border Agency:

• Antigua and Barbuda

• Jamaica

• Australia

• New Zealand

• Barbados

• St Kitts and Nevis

• Belize

• St Lucia

• Canada

• St Vincent and the Grenadines

• Dominica

• Grenada

• Trinidad and Tobago

• Guyana

• United States of America

You don’t need to show evidence of English if you come from elsewhere but have studied and been examined in the English medium for the final two years of a degree from any of the countries listed below:

• Australia     

• New Zealand

• Barbados    

• St Kitts and Nevis

• Barbuda    

• St Lucia

• Belize

• St Vincent and the Grenadines

• Dominica

• Grenada

• The Bahamas

• Guyana

• Trinidad and Tobago

• Ireland

• United Kingdom

• Jamaica

• United States of America

Visa Applications

If you require a student visa, you need to apply through Tier 4 of the Points-based Immigration System. Full information about this new system can be found at: ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

ATAS

There is an extra permission that you may need to get when you are a postgraduate student researching or studying some science and engineering subjects, if you are a national of a country that is not part of the EU/EEA. This is called the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS).

You must get your ATAS certification before we can issue your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), which you will need to apply for your Tier 4 general student visa. Most PhD subjects in science and engineering need ATAS certification. At the time of publication, 14 Masters-level programmes at the University of Surrey require ATAS.

Go to the list of subjects that require ATAS certification at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: fco.gov.uk

Disabled and Dyslexic Students

(Including long-term medical conditions, sensory impairment, mobility difficulties and mental health conditions) It is University policy that all applicants are considered primarily on merit and their academic potential. However, it is essential for the University to know the nature of any impairments in advance, so that we may advise on what facilities and arrangements are available to you.

If you have a disability, dyslexia or medical condition which may affect your ability to study your chosen programme, please let us know on your application form.

You are also advised to contact Additional Learning Support – please let them know the following:

• The nature of your disability or medical condition and any implications this may have for your studies or daily living arrangements

• If your situation requires support in your studies, accommodation or daily living

• The individual arrangements you may require or that you have found helpful in the past We may seek further advice from the Disability Co-ordinator as to how we can assist you. In exceptional cases, the University may require further advice from professionals, for example, an occupational therapist, that may inform risk assessments.

For further information, contact: Disability Co-ordinator Additional Learning Support

T: +44 (0)1483 689 766

E: als@surrey.ac.uk

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