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Undergraduate bursaries and scholarships 2017

Starting at Surrey in 2017? Find out more about our bursaries and scholarships for undergraduate students.

Please note that we will identify eligible students for the University of Surrey bursary (Full Surrey Award) and the Surrey Merit Scholarships - there are no application forms for these schemes.

University of Surrey bursaries

In order to be eligible for a Surrey Bursary your household income must meet all of the criteria, you must be a UK or EU student and must be paying the full tuition fees (therefore NHS-funded students and students who are being funded are not eligible).

You must also have correctly filled out and submitted your application to Student Finance England/Student Finance European Team for a loan and must also make sure that you and your parent/guardian have given your consent to share the information with the University.

Please note that the scheme detailed below is subject to OFFA (Office for Fair Access) approval and therefore our bursary schemes may change in order to meet regulations. We currently anticipate offering the following to students commencing their studies at Surrey in October 2017:

The Full Surrey Award

Students with a household income of less than £25,000 and who are resident in POLAR* postcodes 1 – 2.

(Note - EU students may only be eligible for this award if they are ordinarily resident in the UK and meet all the criteria)

* POLAR (Participation of Local Areas) is a HEFCE classification for the participation in higher education by young people by geographical area in the UK. It’s used to measure the widening participation performance of universities.

Check your POLAR ranking of your home postcode.

Please note: The postcode we will use for bursary purposes is the Student Finance England (SFE) verified home address, prior to commencing your University programme. This postcode will be used for eligibility assessment for the duration of your programme.

The award of £3,000 for eligible recipients will be paid as follows for eligible students in full-time attendance at the relevant payment points (December and March):

Where the recipient is living on campus in their first year of the programme, the bursary will be paid against their accommodation fees.

Cash payments will apply where the recipient is not living on campus in the first year of their programme .

The bursary is applicable in the first year of study and for subsequent years where a student progresses normally on their programme, but excluding the Professional Training Year or repeat periods of study.  Please note: for subsequent years where the student remains eligible, the award will be in the form of a cash payment.

Care leavers

The University of Surrey offers a guaranteed minimum bursary of £1,000 on entry to qualifying students who have been in local authority care. Eligible students will be under 25 years of age and will have been in care for at least 13 weeks after the age of 14.

The £1,000 is not paid in addition to the Full Surrey Award.

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

NHS bursaries

The funding for Nursing, Health Science and Midwifery courses has changed. Students will now have access to a full government student finance support package, rather than receiving an NHS Bursary. This will provide a loan for tuition fees, a means-tested loan for living costs and means-tested funding for childcare and travel and accommodation expenses for placements.

The new system offers students around 25% more upfront financial support while studying - for example, a Surrey student on a 3-year programme would receive approximately £2,000 more each year on a student loan compared to an NHS bursary.

More information about funding for Nursing, Health Science and Midwifery can be found at:

University of Surrey scholarships

Surrey Merit Scholarship

Our merit-based scholarship provides a £2,000 cash award and membership of Surrey Sports Park for the first year of study for eligible direct-entry Undergraduate students in the following subjects:

Electronic Engineering

  • Communication Systems
  • Computer and Internet Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering for Medicine and Healthcare
  • Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems
  • Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology
  • Electronic Engineering with Space Systems


  • Financial Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics with Music
  • Mathematics with Statistics

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Psychology

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme. 

Formal Notification of entitlement will be sent via email to your University email account during the first week of October.

Eligibility criteria:

To qualify for the Surrey Merit Scholarship, students must achieve the following grades in one sitting:

  • A*AA at A-Level (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) or
  • 38 points in the International Baccalaureate or
  • Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction in the BTEC QCF Extended Diploma or
  • AAAAA in Scottish Highers plus AA in Scottish Advanced Highers in relevant subjects or
  • A1A1A2A2A2A2 in Irish Highers or
  • D3, D3, D3 in the principle subjects in the Cambridge Pre-U

The scholarship is open to UK/EU students who achieve the required grades in the qualifications listed above only, no other equivalent qualification will be considered for UK/EU students.  International students with other overseas qualifications may be eligible - please contact the International Student Recruitment office at to enquire.

The scholarship is open to UK, EU and International students who select Surrey as their firm choice no later than 20 July 2017 and are paying the full £9,250 fees (UK/EU) or above (International students). 

International students who are being sponsored are not eligible. These scholarships are not available to students in receipt of another scholarship from the University. 

Note: If eligible, a student can also, however, hold a Full Surrey Award (means-tested bursary) in conjunction with this scholarship.

Payment of the award will be made in equal instalments direct to eligible students’ bank accounts in December and March following entry. To claim your free membership to Surrey Sports Park, a Formal Notification of your entitlement will need to be received as detail above.

If you have any questions, please contact the Bursaries and Scholarships administrator at

University of Surrey 2017/18 Asylum Seeker Bursary

The University of Surrey is pleased to be offering financial support to those seeking sanctuary in the UK. This award has been developed to provide asylum seeking students with greater access routes to the University.


For 2017/18 tuition fee and maintenance support is available for one undergraduate student and one postgraduate taught student who are asylum seekers or who hold Discretionary Leave to Remain.

For more information please access the document below that includes the application:


Asylum Seeker Bursaries Application Form and Notes


David Ebsworth Scholarship 2017

The David Ebsworth Scholarship is now open to receive applications from Undergraduate students applying to study the following subjects in 2017:

Applied Languages French and German (RR12)

Applied Languages German and Spanish (RR24)

Business Management and German (NR22)

English Literature and German (QR3C)

All Major/Minor degree options that include German

The David Ebsworth Scholarship provides £4,000 a year for four years and to be eligible you must meet the following criteria;

  • Achieve AAB at A level (or equivalent*) and select Surrey as your first choice

  • Financial need may be taken in to consideration

  • The student must maintain a minimum level of 2:1 throughout their studies

The application deadline is the 10th May 2017. Students will be advised of the outcome of their application following confirmation of their A Level results and place at Surrey.

Students can receive the David Ebsworth Scholarship in addition to a University Sports Scholarship as well as any other bursary, prize and award for which they are eligible, if successful. 

*Equivalent grades are as follows:

AAB at A-Level (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) or 35 points in the International Baccalaureate or DDD in the BTEC (QCF level 3) Extended Diploma or 75% in the European Baccalaureate.

To apply for the David Ebsworth Scholarship please download the application form and submit it to

Organ and Choral Scholarships at Saint Nicolas

St Nicolas church in Guildford is now pleased to offer up to four Scholarships every year (three choral scholarships and one organ scholarship). Each scholarship is worth at least £750 per annum.  The church is a warm, living place of prayer and enjoys a close partnership with the other town centre churches. 

This is a new venture for the church and we are very pleased to be working in conjunction with students at the University of Surrey. There is a small choir at present but we hope now to build on this and, with the support of the scholars, recruit more members and start up a junior choir with Choristers.

The role of the scholar would be to sing/play at the weekly Sunday morning Eucharist in addition to a Choral Evensong (once a month) and very occasional weekday evening services (festivals). There is currently one choir practice per week which takes place on Fridays evening at 7.15pm for approximately one hour and the option afterwards for some drinks out.

Our Scholarships are available to organists and singers (sopranos, counter-tenors, altos, tenors and basses). The purpose of the Organ and Choral Scholarships at St Nicolas is to support the work of the choir and maintain the standard of music making in the church.

The Scholarships are quite flexible, and offer many opportunities: besides singing and playing, scholars have the chance to direct the choir, perform, organise concerts and recitals.

It is hoped that in time with the introduction of a junior choir that they may help with the individual training of junior Choristers, and take part in the choir’s various social activities. This is invaluable for students who wish to become teachers or go on to a musical career.

Scholarships are held in conjunction with degree courses (undergraduate or postgraduate) at the University of Surrey, but we also welcome gap-year scholars if there was a vacancy. The Scholarships are normally tenable for up to three years, subject to a yearly review. All applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

For more details please clink on the following website link below or alternatively contact the Director of Music, Timothy Woodford, who is more than happy to answer any questions. Telephone: 07946 326987 Email: or in writing to The Director of Music, Bury Street, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4AW.

Visit the Saint Nicolas website or download information about the Organ Scholarship and the Choral Scholarship.

Newtons' Scholarship 2017

The Newtons' Scholarship is now open to receive applications from Undergraduate UK/EU students applying to study Mathematics in 2017:

The Newtons' Scholarship provides £3,000 a year for three years (excluding the Professional Training Year) and to be eligible you must meet the following criteria;

  • Achieve AAA at A level, excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking (or equivalent*) and select Surrey as your first choice
  • Family income of less than £30,000

The application deadline is 25 September 2017. Students will be advised of the outcome of their application following confirmation of their A Level results and place at Surrey.

Students can receive the Newtons' Scholarship in addition to a University Merit Scholarship as well as any other bursary, prize and award for which they are eligible, if successful. 

*Equivalent grades are as follows:

  • AAA at A-Level (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) or
  • 36 points in the International Baccalaureate or
  • D*DD in the BTEC (QCF level 3) Extended Diploma or
  • AAAAB in Scottish Highers plus AA in Scottish Advanced Highers in relevant subjects or
  • A2A2A2A2A2A2 in Irish Highers or
  • D3, D3, M1 in the principle subjects in the Cambridge Pre-U

To apply for the Newtons' Scholarship please download an application form and submit it to

Surrey Sports scholarships 2017

Our Sports Scholarships recognise exceptional achievement by high-calibre athletes and complement our state-of-the-art sports facilities at Surrey Sports Park.

High-performance athletes

The University of Surrey’s High-Performance Athlete Support Scheme (HPASS) is designed to assist talented student athletes to fulfil their sporting potential whilst achieving academic excellence. We provide individually tailored, practical solutions and services to students that are specific to both their sport and academic situation.

HPASS benefits include: 

  • Free access to facilities at Surrey Sports Park
  • An individual strength and conditioning programme
  • Physiotherapy and sports massage
  • Physiological assessments and advice through the Surrey Human Performance Institute
  • Regular workshops including strength and conditioning, lifestyle and injury prevention
  • Nutritional analysis and sports psychology support
  • A dedicated performance manager 

Suitable HPASS applicants may also qualify for one of the sports scholarships, valued at £3,000. Successful applicants will be eligible to receive £2,000 of athlete services, along with a cash bursary of £1,000. Current sports scholars include GB marathon kayaker Jonny Tye and Surrey Storm netball player Amanda Davis.

To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:

 Achieve the required academic entry standard for your chosen degree course

  • Continue to meet the academic standards of your course throughout your time at Surrey in order to remain on the scholarship programme
  • Be internationally recognised by at least one of the major British sporting organisations: British Universities and College Sports (BUCS), UK Sport and Sport England. If not, you must be on a National Governing Body (NGB) performance pathway programme

For further details on our Sports Scholarships please visit the Surrey Sports Park website

Surrey/ICE Scholarship - Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering students can benefit from the Surrey/Intitute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Scholarship which offers the following:

  • £1650 to support your studies
  • Salaried training in every year of your programme
  • Fast Track education combining academic and industrial experience to enhance your career potential

All students interested in studying MEng or BEng Civil Engineering at Surrey can apply for the scholarship. 

Discover more about the scheme and how to apply.

Royal Television Society Undergraduate Bursary Programme for 2017

London, 1 February 2017The Royal Television Society (RTS) has launched its Undergraduate Bursary Schemes for 2017, once again investing over £75,000 to support UK students from lower income backgrounds.

 The RTS is offering 20 bursaries to students studying accredited Television Production and Broadcast Journalism degree courses.  A further five technology bursaries, aimed at encouraging some of the most talented students to consider a career in television, are available to students studying Computing and Engineering on some of the top courses at British universities.

 The bursaries are aimed at students in less affluent circumstances with the goal of helping to widen participation and skills in media and its related industries.

 Bursary recipients will receive £1,000 per year of their studies, as well as free membership of both the RTS and affiliate membership of The Hospital Club – a private members club for those in the creative industries – while studying and one year’s free membership of the RTS post-graduation. They will also have access to mentoring from RTS members as well as partners including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.

 Theresa Wise, RTS CEO, says: “As an educational charity, the Royal Television Society is committed to helping young people from diverse backgrounds, particularly those who display a real passion to work in TV, realise their potential and get a foothold on the careers ladder. The television industry is a fast moving and varied one offering many different opportunities, and we are keen to hear from students wishing to pursue careers in all areas of the industry – from researcher and producer to camera operators, sound recordists and script-writers to news reporters and potential directors. 

 “In the four years since we first launched the bursary programme we have had the honour of supporting so many genuinely talented and ambitious students, many of whom I’ve no doubt will go on to succeed in the industry.”

 Graeme Thompson, Chair of the RTS Education Committee and Pro Vice Chancellor at University of Sunderland, adds: “"We now have almost 60 students on the production bursary scheme and we are looking forward to our first cohort graduating in the summer. The scheme enables students to stand out from the crowd. They get unparalleled access to industry leaders and employers which means they have a great contacts book and invaluable insights into the industry by the time they graduate. It gives them a real advantage in the jobs market."

 Simon Pitts, Chair of the RTS Technology Bursaries and Managing Director, Online, Pay TV, Interactive and Technology, ITV,says: "Competition to recruit highly skilled graduates in the fields of computer sciences and engineering is strong, and many may be unaware of the career opportunities that television has to offer young technologists. Our Technology Bursary programme provides a unique opportunity to get to know more about the world of television whilst studying – with some of the top companies in the industry offering placements and support to recipients to encourage them to consider a career in TV."

 For details of the accredited courses eligible for the scheme, bursary guidance notes or to submit your application visit: The deadline for submitting applications is 30 June 2017.

 'Dream NEW' scholarship

The 'Dream NEW' scholarship is looking for adventurous students who would like to do a semester abroad in New Zealand.  A total of 25 scholarships with a combined value of 60,300 GBP will be awarded for a semester of study at one of New Zealand's top 10 universities.  For more information please visit the following link:

Please note this is an external scholarship so any enquiries will need to be made directly to European Funding Guide.

Postgraduate study discounts for Surrey graduates

If you are a fully self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you will be eligible for a 10% discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is applicable to 2017 Postgraduate Taught entry students.

Students graduating in the summer of 2017 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII DUFE are eligible for this scheme.

Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

This scheme will be reviewed annually.

For eligible students the required pre-payment (deposit) of tuition fees due for 2017/18 will have to be paid in order to enrol on your programme, as previously detailed to you by the Admissions team, then the 10% discount (based on the full fee amount for 2017/18) is deducted from the remaining balance. This means the tuition fee invoice, which will be emailed to your University email account sometime during October/November 2017, will reflect the actual balance due.

Students may be eligible for additional scholarships. However, students are only eligible for one of the awards.  In the event of an applicant being eligible for both the Postgraduate Study discount and an alternative University of Surrey Scholarship, the Scholarship of the higher value will be awarded.

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Fees and Funding team at:

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