The Doctoral College at the University of Surrey supports the professional and career development of our postgraduate researchers and early career researchers underpinning the growth of our world-leading research.

With over 1,500 post graduate researchers working on unique projects in over 170 research areas from Artificial Intelligence to Veterinary Medicine & Sciences, they are an integral part of the University of Surrey Research and Innovation Strategy 2019-22.

Our research programmes  demonstrates the breadth of our post graduate researchers knowledge and developing expertise.

Through the Doctoral College you will have access to PhD/EngD/MD and PsychD (research students) and staff Early Career Researchers (staff), with higher level skills, able to bring new ideas and ways of thinking to your organisation as well as the potential to engage in collaborative research and knowledge exchange opportunities.

We will also be able to signpost you to other parts of the university, if working with us isn’t quite the right option for you.

Ways you can work with us:

Short Consultancy Project or Placements

Do you have a problem to solve? Does your company have limited capacity to begin or complete a specific project or piece of research work?

Through the Doctoral College you can offer:

  • Short Consultancy projects or placements
    •  1 to 3 weeks (usually full-time)
    •  1 day per week (to a maximum of 15 days)
  • Block placement
    •  1 to 3 months (usually full time)

How to register your interest:

Please complete the Employer Pro Forma (coming soon) and send through to Clare Wunderly (Researcher Employability and Engagement Manager)

Employer mentoring

We have an established employer mentoring programme targeted at both our post graduate and early career researchers. We are always keen to talk to employers who may have an interest in mentoring.  

  • Mentoring provides you with an opportunity to ‘give back’ and for researchers to explore how their research is viewed outside of academia, gain support on managing the transition from academia to business/industry/charity sectors and build their professional network. 
  • Many of our mentors have a doctorate themselves.
  • It is a flexible model which means it may be a one-off meeting or ongoing (3-4 sessions) over a year, and you agree with your mentee the mode of contact (currently of course all meetings are virtual).

Please contact Emma Francis (Careers and Employability Consultant) if you would like to know more.

Employer events

We also run a number of events during the year enabling employers to connect with future talent,  ensuring that our post graduate and early career researchers are better aware of future opportunities open to them.

Are you a University of Surrey doctorate alumni?

You may wish to join our  Doctoral College Alumni Community

Do you have a vacancy opportunity for a post graduate researcher (PhD) or graduate?

Through the Employability and Career digital hub, Surrey Pathfinder you can post and manage your vacancies online.


Interested in any of the options, or do you have other innovative and interesting ideas for collaboration?

If so, please don’t hesitate to email Clare Wunderly Researcher Employability and Engagement Manager.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact us

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