Professional Training

Our Professional Training placement programme is admired by universities around the world. Over the past five years, more than 2,300 partner organisations have worked with us to give our students valuable work placements in the UK and abroad.

My placement experience - Elizabeth Andrews, BSc Tourism Management

‭"I chose a placement at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in London ‭because of the important economic impact research it carries out, demonstrating ‭the industry’s global value."

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Mike Frazer - Civil Engineer, University of Surrey graduate

Surrey in top two for graduate employability

96.9 per cent of graduates in work or further study, according to official figures.

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The majority of our students have the opportunity to take part in our Professional Training placement programme. This means a Surrey degree will normally last four years.


Professional Training fees and finances

Fees during your Professional Training placement year are substantially reduced. For students from lower income households, this fee is waived entirely.

Most students on our Professional Training placement (PTP) programme are paid a salary by their employers, which is a valuable source of income during their time at Surrey. For those who are on an unpaid placement, we have a fund to ensure they receive some financial support during their placement year.


My experience on placement has been invaluable and given me so much confidence. I have developed practical skills that allow me to add value to my organisation and I have established excellent networks to support my future.

Zoe Cox Business Management student, currently on placement at BOC in Guildford

Placement at BP Castrol

Dan Reid, a Chemistry PhD researcher, talks about his Professional Training placement at BP Castrol where he discovered his passion for research.

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