Discover the University of Surrey

We have some of the best new academic, library, sports, arts and accommodation facilities of any university in the UK, as well as one of the most envied Professional Training placement programmes in the world. This combination of prestige, expertise, resources and lifestyle is unique, and it’s all to be found here in the beautiful countryside of the Surrey Hills just half an hour from central London.

We have forged an enviable track record in employability - in fact, we have now achieved a 95 per cent five-year average for graduates obtaining first degrees from full-time courses, according to data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

We have a huge amount of established networks which we build on all the time.

Our global partnerships are strong and bear much fruit.

Professor Neil Ward Chairman of the Professional Training and Careers Committee

We work with over 2,300 partner organisations to provide students with vital experience of the professional environment.

Lorna Salmon DJ

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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.

Fees for the Professional Training placement for Home/EU and International Undergraduate students are currently set as follows:

  • 2014 entry (PTP in 2016/17) - £1,100


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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