About the University of Surrey

Rankings and league tables

In recent years, Surrey has established itself as a top-ten university in major national university league table rankings.

UK rankings at a glance

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) - Gold

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Surrey delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

University of the Year 

  • University of the Year 2016
  • University of the Year for Student Experience 2016

(In the The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)

Key subject rankings by UK league table

The Guardian University Guide 2018

1st Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism
2nd Drama and Dance
2nd Music
4th Engineering: Electronic and Electrical
4th Mathematics
4th Modern Languages and Linguistics
6th Biosciences
6th Computer Science
7th Economics
8th Psychology
9th Accounting and Finance
9th Criminology
10th English and Creative Writing

The methodology of the Guardian University Guide focuses on subject-level league tables, ranking institutions that provide each subject according to their relevant statistics.

Eight statistical measures are employed to approximate a university’s performance in teaching each subject. The measures are knitted together to get a Guardian score, against which institutions are ranked.

"The majority of undergraduate students undertake a work-based professional training year – this is, after all, the university that pioneered sandwich degrees. The university is famous for its consistently outstanding employment record."

The Guardian University Guide website

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 

1st Food Science
2nd Animal Science
4th Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism
5th Creative Writing
6th Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
6th Electronic Engineering
6th Subjects Allied to Medicine
7th Biological Sciences
7th Nursing
8th Iberian Languages
8th Mechanical Engineering
10th English
11th Economics

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide takes into account student satisfaction, research quality, entry standards, graduate prospects, firsts and 2:1s, completion rates, student-staff ratio, and services and facilities spend.

"Students love the University of Surrey, our University of the Year, which appears in our top ten for the first time this year.

"It heads our table for providing the best student experience, winning our award for this measure also, one of just two universities to break the 90 per cent mark for this in our analysis of this year’s National Student Survey (NSS)."

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide website

The Complete University Guide 2018

1st Food Science
1st Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism
2nd Nursing
3rd Materials Technology
4th Iberian Languages
5th French
5th Linguistics
5th Medical Technology
6th Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
6th Biological Sciences
7th Creative Writing
7th Drama, Dance and Cinematics
7th Electrical and Electronic Engineering
7th Sports Science
8th Mechanical Engineering
10th General Engineering
10th German
11th Sociology
12th Computer Science

The Complete University Guide league table measures ten key aspects of university activity using the most recent data available at the time of compilation. Five measures are used: student satisfaction, research quality, research intensity, entry standards and graduate prospects.

International league tables

QS World University Rankings

Times Higher Education rankings

We are 279th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017 and 126th in its list of the best universities in Europe (2017).