Postgraduate research

Our research takes place predominantly within large, cohesive groups.

These groups use state-of-the-art facilities and provide postgraduate students with unique opportunities to pursue a variety of topics.

Many of these topics have a multidisciplinary flavour and are underpinned by strong industrial links which have resulted in successful spin-out companies.

Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)

We host a prestigious EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training, the Centre for Doctoral Training in Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies (MiNMaT) which offers an EngD programme.

From time-to-time a number of funded studentships are available from the Centre. Some of our funds are available specifically to enhance interdisciplinary activity that span the Faculty's portfolio.

For more information visit our MiNMaT site, or contact Noelle Hartley by email or phone on +44 (0)1483 683467.


SCENARIO is a postgraduate centre in the Science of the Environment: Natural and Anthropogenic pRocesses, Impacts and Opportunities. The centre will play a major role in advancing the quantitative science of the environment, in understanding the interaction between people and environmental change, and in the exploitation of environmental science and engineering by industry and policy makers.

Join our research community

As a SCENARIO PhD student based at the University of Surrey you'll have the opportunity to participate in our leading research. For available PhD studentships take a look at the SCENARIO NERC Doctoral Training Partnership website which is part of the University of Reading.


We offer a number of specific project grants in the form of studentships. We also advertise on Jobs in Research, Science, Academic and related Professions and Find A PhD.

These studentships are normally only open to UK and EU residents, and eligibility is explained in the advertisement.

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Funding information:
A stipend of £16,000 per annum, tax-free, subject to nationality and residence status. Fees are covered for UK/EU students. Additional fees for international applicants are not covered, but top up funding may be obtained by applying to Surrey University for the Overseas Research Student Awards Scheme studentships (ORS).

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Funding information:
Competitive departmental funding.

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Funding information:
Funding is available for home/EU students of up to £19,037 (£14,777 bursary and £4,260 tuition fees) in the first year and will be increased every year to cover the cost of both fees and bursary up to three years.


The Surrey EngD programmes are aimed at researching broadly-based projects designed to address the needs of an industry sponsor. Projects come with a generous stipend, and for more information, application forms and eligibility criteria please visit the EPSRC pages.

To find out about this studentship, please go to our Doctoral College site.

A number of University Research Scholarships (URS) are available each year with our Faculty. These pay a living allowance (stipend) in addition to fees (at rate appropriate for UK residents or EU nationals).

In addition, a number of Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS) are available to overseas students, these pay the difference between the home/EU and overseas fees.

Both the URS and ORS attract a large number of high quality applicants and are highly competitive.

For further information on please contact Ms Janette Reffell or Beatrice Spedicato for more information and closing dates.

A number of national governments and international agencies also support PhD studies at the University of Surrey.

UKCISA UK Council for International Student Affairs

Designed specifically for international students planning to study in the UK, UKCISA provides comprehensive guidance on postgraduate study.

The British Council

The British Council can help in finding funding through their own scholarship schemes and links to appropriate websites.

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years.

Chevening scholarships

These scholarships, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and administered by the British Council, are prestigious awards which enable overseas students to study in the United Kingdom.

Chevening scholarships are offered in over 150 countries, and enable talented graduates and young professionals to become familiar with the UK and gain skills which will benefit their countries.

Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Plan (CSFP)

Since its inception in 1959, the Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowship Plan has grown to be one of the most prestigious schemes for international study and professional development in the world. Over 25,000 Commonwealth citizens have held awards - many going on to reach the very highest levels of their profession.

CSFP has several distinctive features:

  • It is a genuine partnership between developed and developing countries, involving both home and host country in the selection process
  • It offers awards in a wide range of countries
  • It is probably the only international scholarship scheme in the world to be reviewed by an international gathering of Education Ministers on a regular basis
  • Awards combine academic excellence with the desire to make a real difference in some of the world's poorest countries.

Please see the website of Commonwealth Scholarships to find out more details about eligible countries and making an application.

British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG)

The BFWG offers funding to women research students studying in Great Britain. They also offer international awards and fellowships. 

Further information is available on the BFWG website.

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

Gives information on awards run by the ACU in partnership with government departments for students from the Commonwealth and the USA.

The Association of Charitable Foundations

Gives guidance on making applications to charitable trusts and foundations, and has links to charitable bodies that may have funding available. For more details please see the website of the Association of Charitable Foundations.

Education UK

British Council-run website specifically for study in the UK, includes a searchable database of funding opportunities and extensive guidance on studying in the UK.

International Education Financial Aid

Guidance on financial aid and college scholarship and grants for US and international students wishing study in the UK.

Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Fellowships

Faculty for the Future fellowships are awarded to women from developing and emerging economies who are preparing for PhD postdoctoral study in the physical sciences, engineering and related disciplines* to pursue advanced graduate study at top universities in their disciplines abroad.

The long-term goal of the Faculty for the Future program is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing scientific disciplines. Grant recipients are therefore selected as much for their leadership capabilities as their scientific talents and they are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers and inspire other young women.

Further information about the Faculty for the Future fellowship program can also be found on the Schlumberger site.

*Awards in biological sciences are limited.

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