We have state-of-the-art facilities including a new student observatory and offer integrated master courses with a research year placement.

Our physics courses are ranked top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018.

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Our courses are flexible, providing a solid grounding in the fundamentals of physics while also providing students with the option to take modules that interest them or switch between courses.

We offer three and four year BSc (Hons) courses, and four year integrated masters (MPhys) courses.

Find out more about applying to Surrey.

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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Professional Training and research placements

Our physics courses offer a fully integrated Professional Training or research placement, which provides our students with an excellent foundation for both employment and further study.

For those interested in a career in research, our MPhys courses offer a full research year that is often spent abroad, whilst our BSc courses offer a Professional Training placement which involves students directly applying their physics to the work, by using coding, maths etc.

Do a research year

“I would definitely recommend doing an MPhys programme: I think it is the best way to learn your subject, regardless of your future career ambitions.” See Vadim's student profile for more about his experiences on our MPhys Physics with Astronomy course.

Placement companies

Our students on Professional Training placements spend their year at a very wide range of employers such as:

  • TOPTICA Photonics UK
  • InSync Technology Ltd
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Technical University Clausthal (Germany)
  • Royal Surrey County Hospital
  • MBDA.
  • Hedge Fund Intelligence
  • Padova Observatory (Italy)
  • NATS (National Air Traffic Services)
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • Philips Respironics.
  • IBM
  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • St John the Baptist school
  • PerkinElmer
  • Atkins
  • VMware
  • RBA Acoustics Ltd.
  • The Home Office
  • Aviva
  • Merck
  • Tesla Engineering Ltd
  • Plastipack Ltd
  • STFC Central Laser Facility
  • NPL (National Physical Laboratory).

Study abroad

You have the opportunity to acquire international experience as part of your studies, by taking advantage of exchange agreements with our partner universities.

Locations of our partner universities include Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, United States, New Zealand and Germany.

Expert support

We help you get placements, offer mentoring, and organise employer talks, we are also part of Project Juno which promotes best practices for equality and diversity.

Scholarships and bursaries

Discover how we may be able to support your studies with a host of bursaries and scholarships directly from the University of Surrey and external providers.

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