Prospective students

Advice for prospective students and applicants.



The  Student Loans Company are encouraging new students to apply for finance early. Please ensure applications are submitted by the 22nd May 2020. New students do not need to have confirmed their place before applying.

To apply, please visit You may also find this guide helpful.

The University will be working closely alongside UCAS and schools/colleges to determine how students can be considered and have their place of an offer confirmed at the University. Please bear with us whilst we continue to make progress with these discussions.

We take extenuating circumstances into account. View our policy.

In addition, we will be working with UCAS and other agencies such as examination boards to look at how we can be supportive where appropriate.

Currently our usual policy is that students should commence their undergraduate studies within two weeks of the start of the programme – for the majority of taught programmes this is 18 October 2020, but we are considering possibly extending this. 

For PhD intakes, the deadline for commencement is usually four weeks or one month, however, given the situation we are keeping these periods under review.

Please be aware with changes to visa regulations which may also affect your study. Please contact for all deferral requests.


Applicants may request to defer their offer of a place, but must meet the conditions of their offer and be Unconditional Firm (UF) with Surrey by the 31 August 2020.

It is not possible to defer an application for our Acting, Actor-Musician, and Musical Theatre, Health Sciences, Dietetics and Veterinary Medicine and Science programmes. This is due to the limited number of places available each year and possible changes to the professional requirements each cycle. If you are requesting a deferral due to issues related to Covid-19 please contact us.

We do not normally permit applicants to defer entry for more than one year. Applicants who defer for more than one year are usually expected to make a new application through UCAS.

Postgraduate taught

Applicants can request to defer one academic year. Applicants will still need to meet our entry criteria and fees for the year which might be different to your original offer.

Postgraduate research

Applicants may be able to defer their offer for up to one calendar year. Applicants still need to meet our entry criteria and fees for the year, which might be different from the original offer. Also note that it may not be possible to transfer studentship funding to the next academic year. Deferrals must also be agreed by the supervisor.

It may not be possible to transfer scholarships or bursaries to the next academic year.


The University of Surrey are liaising with UCAS and schools and colleges regarding the current exam position. Applicants that have selected the University of Surrey as their firm choice will all be considered equally and places will not be confirmed on a first-come-first-serve basis. We appreciate the position many applicants now face and we will ensure a fair and consistent approach to confirming places at the University.

The University will be working closely alongside UCAS and schools/colleges to determine how students can be considered and have their place offered at the University of Surrey. We understand that these are stressful times as an external applicant but please do not worry and we will be in touch with any updates on the situation.

Postgraduate taught courses

Yes, we will be as flexible as possible with deposit deadlines. We have changed our deposit deadline to 1 August 2020 and will keep this under review.

Yes, if you are unable to enrol due to Covid-19, we will refund your deposit. We have changed our deposit refund policy and will return your deposit in full if you request a refund by 1 August 2020. Please email if you would like to request a refund.

Postgraduate research courses

You should have received an email to let you know that, in light of current restrictions on coming to the campus, we have arranged for you to start your studies remotely if you are holding an unconditional firmly accepted offer to study with us.

When you complete online registration, you will automatically be enrolled as if you had registered in person with us in Guildford. Our hope is that you will be able to make a start on your research and attend supervisions remotely with your supervisor until the current situation has improved enough for you to join us in Guildford. Please get in contact with your supervisor to make arrangements for how this will work for individual projects.

If you are due to join us in April and you do not think your project is suited to a remote start, please contact, and we will look into the possibility of deferring your application. This should be possible in most cases as long as your supervisor is in agreement and your funding allows.

If you are not yet holding an unconditional firmly accepted offer to study at Surrey, and would still like to start in April, please get in contact with the admissions team as soon as possible so that we can advise what else we require before you can begin your studies.

The Doctoral College will be hosting a virtual induction for all April starters to provide you with more information and to give you an introduction to research life at Surrey. They will be in touch with more information about this soon.

If you are a visiting researcher, please note that these plans do not apply to you. You will be contacted with alternative arrangements.

Applications for postgraduate research starting in October 2020 are currently being processed as normal. If you have any questions about your application, please feel free to contact We are happy to help.

You should still apply for funding and studentships as normal, however do seek out guidance from the relevant funding organisation and read it carefully. Each will issue their own information relevant to their funding schemes.

We are still recruiting postgraduate research students, so do continue to approach potential supervisors. Do bear in mind that staff are likely to take longer to reply than normal. You should also think carefully about when would be the right time for you to start your doctorate.

English language

Yes, we are still offering pre-sessional English courses. These courses will now all be online.

The British Council have advised that all IELTS exams in China are currently suspended. If you cannot book an IELTS test, you might be able to use an older IELTS result to support your application to academic study at the University. IELTS remain valid for two years from the test date.

Please be aware that the University accepts a variety of English Language tests, SELT and non-SELT. Please view our English language requirements page for further information.

If you cannot book an IELTS test, you might be able to use an older IELTS result to support your application to academic study at the University. We can accept an IELTS test providing it has been taken within two years prior to the start of the course start date, we will require evidence of the most recent test results. Alternatively you may be able to take the IELTS test in a few months, and your application can still be processed while you are awaiting your exam. 

Please be aware that the University accepts a variety of English Language tests, SELT and non-SELT. Please view our English language requirements for further information.  

In addition, as a temporary measure the University is accepting the IELTS Indicator and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition testsand the the Duolingo English test for September/ October 2020 entry and February 2021 entry. The results will be in the same format at the usual IELTS and TOEFL tests, and you will still need to achieve the English language score specified for your programme. 

Please upload documents to Surrey Self-Service. The Admissions team will then verify your results with IELTS. If you are having technical issues let us know.


Events on campus

With regret, we have taken the decision to postpone all on campus events until the end of May, due to concerns around coronavirus (Covid-19).

Applicant days will take place online

Please note: as the UCAS ‘decline by default’ deadline has now been pushed back to 18 June we will be running an additional Virtual Applicant Day on Friday 22 May. 

In light of Covid-19 and the current social distancing requirements, our June Open Days will now take place on a virtual basis rather than on campus. These will be split across three days, on a faculty basis, as follows:

  • Wednesday 24 June
  • Thursday 25 June
  • Friday 26 June    

We will replicate as many aspects of the on-campus days as possible, using a combination of pre-recorded academic talks, live Zoom Q&A webinars (featuring both subject-specific and general information sessions), and Unibuddy, a peer-to-peer engagement platform that allows prospective students to engage with our student ambassadors at Surrey. 

Book your place

While we hope we might be able to run our September and October Open Days on campus, we are also exploring implementing a virtual events platform.

If you have any questions about studying at Surrey, we would love to hear from you. You can email us via

Join us for our first virtual event on Wednesday 20 May. Book your place.

For questions relating to your offer, please get in touch via  

Events off campus

  • UCAS has taken the decision to postpone all higher education exhibitions due to run through to the beginning of July. 
  • A number of talks in schools and sixth form colleges have had to be postponed at this time. We are creating some online content for students and teachers to use and this will be made available shortly on our schools and colleges webpages.  
  • EU events will not take place until further notice. If you were due to meet us in the UK or EU and would like to ask us any questions, please do get in touch with the UK/EU team at Surrey ( 
  • A number of international events the University was planning to participate in have been cancelled. Please contact the international team at Surrey ( if you want to check the status of any events or if you have any questions you would like to ask us. You can also keep in touch with the team on Twitter @SurreyInt.

Contact us

  • If you are an applicant:
  • If you are an agent: please contact the international team via
  • If you are a parent/guardian: unfortunately we cannot discuss the details of individual students with other parties, but do encourage any dependants you are responsible for to read the information provided by the University.