Undergraduate courses

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

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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.

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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.

Graduate outcomes

The Graduate Outcomes survey 2020 found that 96% of Surrey undergraduates are in work or further education.*

This is the largest survey of employment and further study outcomes for UK graduates.

*UK domiciled graduates of full-time, undergraduate qualifications, in full-time employment, from higher education institutions.

Professional Training placements

Our physics BSc (Hons) courses offer an optional Professional Training placement, which provides our students with an excellent foundation for both employment and further study. Students can directly apply their physics study to the work, by using coding, maths etc.

Recognised as the Best University Placement Service (Over 500 Placements) for the second year in a row at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2020; we will support you with your application and ensure you are gaining the experience you need in a supportive environment.

Research and innovation opportunities

As part of our physics degree programmes, we are keen to provide cutting-edge research and innovation such as summer placements, entrepreneurship and funding opportunities.

Placement companies

Our students on Professional Training placements and research years spend their time 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.


Our Employability and Professional Skills Advisor, Kay Pearson, works on a range of opportunities for our students to connect with employers during their studies.

Site visits and fairs

Open days at research institutes and labs are available for our students. We also promote specialist careers fairs in areas such as technology, aerospace and aviation as well as organise visits to part of the Medical Physics department at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Summer placements

We offer summer placements between four to twelve weeks long. They are a great chance to gain some work experience mid-course, whether or not you intend to go on a Professional Training placement in your third year.

SEPnet runs a tailored scheme for physics undergraduates each year.

Employer talks

Each semester, there is a programme of employer talks held in the department. Recent speakers include:

  • Framestore (digital media/special effects)
  • Ultra Electronics (nuclear radiation detectors)
  • Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
  • NPL (National Physical Laboratory).

Employment mentoring

Employer mentors can offer support and guidance with things like:

  • Gaining an insight into a particular area of work
  • Thinking about whether to stay in academia after your course or move into commerce, industry or business
  • Developing your professional network
  • Learning about an organisation or company and its culture.

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.

Undergraduate guide