Prepare for study

Make sure you are prepared for studying at the University of Surrey, including accessing support you need to get the most out of your studies.

Your academic timetable

Your initial timetable will be ready for the start of the semester.

Your full timetable will be available online once your module registrations have been processed and your seminar groups have been allocated.

While the online timetable system is operational from the start of the semester, if you have to choose optional modules for your programme these may not show in your online timetable until the beginning of the third week of semester.

Accessing your online timetable

Find out how you can access your timetable online (PDF) and even download it to your phone or tablet.

Reading lists

Each module you take during your degree will have an online reading list.

Your module reading list is the simplest and quickest way to find the academic reading relevant to your lectures and assignments.

You can access reading lists from the online module catalogue on the Library website. They will also be on your SurreyLearn module page once teaching has started.

Lists are subject to change before the next academic year. Please contact your department with any queries.

Please be aware that you may not be able to access electronic texts until you are fully registered with the University.

Library and Learning Support Services

Our helpful staff will introduce you to our wonderful Library.

The Library offers a range of learning and working zones, from silent spaces to bookable group-study rooms, to give you the environment you need to work the way you want. The Library is open 24/7 every day of the year with professional library staff available from 8am to 8pm. At other times, the building is open for study and access to automated services.

From the Library, you can explore hundreds of thousands of books and journals as well as audio and image collections. And with access to ebooks and ejournals via your University login, you can work from anywhere on the web.

The Library also has hundreds of computers, as well as loanable laptops and a dedicated helpdesk for your IT queries.

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Academic Skills and Development

The Academic Skills and Development team offers expert study advice to all students in realising their full academic potential at Surrey.

The team comprises specialist Learning Development Librarians who can help you develop strategies for finding and making best use of information sources and Learning Development Advisers who can help you to develop your academic writing, researching, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

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Disability and Neurodiversity

If you have a disability, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia or dyspraxia) or a long-term health condition, our Disability and Neurodiversity (formerly ALS), team are here to support you.

Disability and Neurodiversity has a team of in-house specialist disability advisers, tutors and mentors.  

Register and we will be able to arrange suitable adjustments and support to allow you to demonstrate your full potential at Surrey. This can include recommendations for your exams, so it is important to speak to us as soon as possible to ensure we can put these in place in sufficient time.

We provide a number of support services for students based on their needs.

Please contact Disability and Neurodiversity to make an appointment.

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Postgraduate research support

There are many ways we support our postgraduate research community:

Researcher Development Programme 

The Researcher Development Programme (RDP) provides training and development opportunities for postgraduate research students and research staff across the University. This provision includes workshops, tailored events, one-to-one coaching and other personal and professional development opportunities. Should you have any questions, please email

Forums, groups and societies

There are opportunities to network and develop within the University's postgraduate research community.


There are mentoring programmes for all stages to get involved with as well as opportunities to become a mentor. 


SurreyLearn is the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a secure online environment which can be used in a wide variety of ways to enhance learning and teaching. Typically it is used to provide easy access to up-to-date and relevant learning materials, module and programme information and guidance, supplemented by activities such as discussion forums, quizzes or tests and online assignments.

Logging on to SurreyLearn: all students can access SurreyLearn using their University ID and password.

English Language support

You may need to develop your academic English skills in order to get the most from your studies.

Join our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) and you’ll have access to enthusiastic and friendly members of staff who are experts in English for academic purposes.

This programme may be particularly helpful if English is not your first language, but many native English speakers will also benefit.

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