Our department is a vibrant and engaging community for students at all levels of study. We have student-run societies and provide frequent training and events. Our courses are both flexible and extensive, reflecting the variety of our academic expertise.

Study with us

We offer a range of undergraduatepostgraduate and research courses, as well as short courses for continued professional development.

Outstanding teaching

Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (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.

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Our Employability and Professional Skills Advisor, Kay Pearson, works on a range of opportunities for our students to connect with employers during their studies including employment mentoring, summer placements and a graduate network.

Select your level of study below to find out more about how we can help your employability during and after your studies.

What we have to offer

We have short courses to help those in industry improve their career prospects and six research groups with groundbreaking research in astrophysics, photonics, soft matter, quantum technologies and medical physics.

Taught by experts

Our courses are taught by leading experts, whose research informs both our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Our academics are involved in key industry and research projects, including our Department’s strategic partnership with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

Among our academics is Professor Jim Al-Khalili, host of the BBC’s radio programme The Life Scientific. He is the author of twelve books, translated into over twenty languages. See the videos below for some of Jim’s media work, including an interview with Professor Brian Cox, hosted at the University of Surrey.

Student life

Learn more about student life at Surrey, ranked top 10 in The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018.

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Our alumnus Tao Wang, now in Wuhan, talking about his experiences of living through their lockdown