Published: 24 April 2020

Meet Surrey Business School

Surrey Business School Dean Professor Steve Wood, and the Deputy Head of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Katarzyna Zdunczyk, tell us why masters students should choose Surrey Business School...

Why should I choose Surrey Business School? 

We inspire positive change in business and society, and individuals and organisations, both locally and globally, by blending high-quality impactful research with excellent teaching. Surrey is a technology-led university, too, and the Business School embraces fast-paced change, whether it’s in our student community or discovering new approaches in the ever-expanding world of digital business.

We’re also ranked in the top 10 for business and economics in the UK by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020. The six departments that make up Surrey Business School – Business Transformation, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance and Accounting, Marketing and Retail Management, People and Organisations and Strategy and International Business – offer a real depth of knowledge in their subject. As a student, you’ll have the opportunity to investigate your area of interest at a granular level.

Our acclaimed MBA course, which is offered on a full and part-time basis, gives students an opportunity to connect with peers, academics, industry leaders, investors and alumni throughout and beyond your studies. 

At Surrey Business School, we'll prepare you for the realities of the modern business landscape, and equip you with the confidence and resilience to lead with purpose and passion.

What’s it like to study here?

Undertaking study here puts you at the heart of a vibrant, exciting and truly international community where you’ll have access to a mix of academics, practitioners and guest speakers from the business world.

"At Surrey Business School, our focus is to provide you with an enjoyable yet stretching postgraduate programme that will develop you into skilled and highly employable graduates."
Professor Steve Wood, Dean, Surrey Business School

We offer courses covering topics as diverse as Digital Marketing Channel Management and Occupational and Organizational Psychology. You’ll also have the chance to work in industry via our Professional Training Placements, and you’ll be able to acquire international experience by studying abroad with one of our 45 Global Partner Universities.

"We exchange postgraduate students with the global elite of business schools. Depending on your programme of study, you may be able to spend a semester or a full academic year studying at one of our partner universities in attractive locations around the world. Our students value these opportunities for their life-enhancing and career-boosting benefits."
Dr Katarzyna Zdunczyk, Director of Internationalisation and Deputy Head of Postgraduate Programme

Finally, you’ll be given a personal tutor, who’ll support you during your time here and you’ll be learning in an environment that has been awarded a Gold Standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework ratings.

What facilities and support do you offer? 

Surrey Business School is housed in the impressive Rik Medlik Building, where you’ll find a common room, computer lab and breakout areas. Students have access to real-time, leading financial databases, including Datastream, BoardEx, Bloomberg, CSMAR, LexisNexis, Orbis, Thomson One Banker and WRDS, in the dedicated Bloomberg Suite. 

Our tutors actively encourage students to think outside the box when it comes to applying learning to real-world challenges. A recent example of this is the #GuildfordCrowd project, which took place within the Digital Project Development module. Postgraduate students teamed up with Guildford Borough Council and seven local charities to plan how their theoretical learning and practical skills could be combined to influence online networks to achieve several charity funding goals. 

We’re also proud to offer support to would-be entrepreneurs via SurreyIDEA where there are plenty of extracurricular opportunities to work with businesses and gain entrepreneurial skills.

What are the research specialisms I should know about?

We have three acclaimed research centres. These are: 

  • Centre of Digital Economy examines how the digital economy revolutionises the ways in which we work, compete, organise and innovate through research and engagement with business and government.
  • Centre for Management Education aims to bridge the gap between management theory and practice. We also function as a platform for sharing and enhancing teaching innovation. 
  • Centre for Social Innovation Management develops the knowledge, skills and experience of future business leaders to address social challenges and manage business growth.

Among our academic staff, Dr Ying Zhou recently presented her research into job quality in EU states to the UK Cabinet Office, and Dr Itziar Castello, Senior Lecturer in Digital Economy, had her research featured in the Financial Times as one of the ‘best in-class’ pieces of social research with impact from Business Schools. 

We also have well-established multi-disciplinary research, where we investigate challenging areas in close collaboration with academic colleagues and relevant industries. Research topics here include digital platforms and new business eco-systems, sustainable innovation for social inclusion, and open data and digital transformation in the public sector.

What's Surrey’s record on employability? 

Our MSc courses are accredited by the Association of Masters of Business Administration, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and many other professional bodies who set the gold standard for their industry. 

Recent postgraduate students have secured jobs at KPMG, AIG, NHS, Legal and General and Deloitte. Surrey also boasts an award-winning Employability and Careers team, which offers careers information and guidance throughout your time as a student, as well as up to three years after you graduate. There’s an active and growing LinkedIn community of Surrey Business School alumni as well.

An average of 95% of our undergraduates are employed or in further study within six months of leaving their course. As a postgraduate, you’ll have more specific skills and a greater depth of knowledge to offer potential employers.

What’s life like as a student at Surrey?

Life as a Surrey student isn’t just all about study. Away from the lecture theatres, there’s a thriving campus of 17,000 students with 140 different clubs and societies, ranging from Mixed Martial Arts to the Business School Society, and from the Surrey Video Gaming Society to the Golf Society. 

Nearby is Surrey Sports Park, a £36 million facility, which offers training for the elite and the casual athlete. Leafy Guildford, meanwhile, is a bustling market town with a wide range of bars and restaurants. It’s also a 34-minute train journey from London if you fancy time in the city.

Found out more about Postgraduate Courses in Surrey Business School.

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