Published: 23 November 2023

Five reasons to study environment and sustainability at Surrey

What makes our environment and sustainability degrees different and what’s the secret behind our graduates’ success? Here we reveal five reasons why you should choose the University of Surrey for your environmental degree.

1. Supportive environment

Surrey’s Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) is a friendly and supportive environment. We are proud to offer excellent learning environments in which our internationally and culturally diverse group of students and staff can flourish. 

2. Focus on green energy

You’ll learn about the advanced technologies and processes which are helping to solve global issues related to climate change. This includes the latest techniques for energy efficiency and storage, treating emissions, wastewater processing, and renewable energy sources such as biomass, wind and solar.

3. Teaching inspired by research

We have an outstanding reputation for the quality of our research, teaching and strong links with industry. These strengths inform our teaching and you’ll not only be learning from CES academics but also from staff and departments from across the University.  

4. Fantastic work placement opportunities

Surrey won Best University Careers/Employability Service in the UK in 2022. Our renowned Professional Training placement programme enables you to gain a year’s valuable work experience with organisations such as:

  • Aviva Investors
  • Forum for the Future
  • Global Action Plan (GAP)
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • LC Energy
  • Minimise Solutions
  • NUS
  • Solar Aid
  • Telefonica
  • Unilever
  • World Wildlife Fund.

5. Great employment prospects

The University of Surrey is ranked 3rd in the south of the UK for highly skilled employment according to Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA.* 

Our environment and sustainability degrees open up a huge range of career opportunities – not only in the environmental sector but also in renewable energies, government, food and rural affairs, charities and more. We have strong links with industry and the public sector. Graduates from CES have gone on to gain employment from organisations such as:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • The Big Cat Sanctuary
  • National Grid
  • Green Building Initiative
  • Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Frazer-Nash.

*UK domiciled graduates of full-time, undergraduate qualifications, in full-time employment, from higher education institutions tracked by the Guardian Newspaper, when data published in the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey is analysed and used to create a ranking.


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