Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc – 2024 entry

Key information

Start date: September 2024

Study mode and duration
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 5 years
Distance-learning: 5 years

Why choose this course

Geotechnical engineering – the mechanics of the Earth’s materials – is a sector with a huge global skills shortage. This means that well-trained geotechnical engineers are in high demand.

Our MSc will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue an exciting career in the geotechnical engineering sector, including offshore and earthquake geotechnics.

You’ll be taught in highly specialised facilities, such as our Geotechnics and Geology Teaching Laboratory, by academics who are leaders in their field. Throughout your course, you’ll also benefit from the expert knowledge of specialist guest speakers, including visiting academics and engineers working in industry.

Five reasons to study for a masters in civil and environmental engineering at Surrey

What you will study

Our MSc will develop your understanding of the principles and theories behind ground engineering, from soil mechanics to site investigation and from advanced soil testing to foundation design. We’ll provide you with the necessary skills to address technological challenges in the geotechnical engineering sector.

You’ll explore a variety of topics, including deep foundations in urban areas, deep water energy resources exploration, field monitoring, foundations for energy infrastructure and major bridges, and tunnelling.

The course covers the following:

  • Analysis techniques
  • Simplified (spreadsheet-based)
  • Standard (code-based methods or simple software)
  • Advanced (finite element method)
  • Back analysis of collapse of foundations
  • Design and construction of foundations for bridges, buildings, offshore structures, tunnels and deep basements in busy cities
  • Dissertation on a geotechnical topic
  • Fundamental soil mechanics and its modelling using numerical approaches
  • Testing of soils to obtain design parameters – we use our purpose-built SAGE laboratory for teaching.

Distance learning

Surrey is a pioneer in distance learning-based MSc courses in civil and environmental engineering. This flexible option allows you to study for our distinctive, accredited programme from anywhere in the world, without the need to relocate or give up your existing job.

As a distance learner, you’ll study eight modules and complete a dissertation in your chosen subject (like full-time and part-time students), but you can take up to five years to complete your masters. You’ll be able to access all module materials through our virtual learning environment, SurreyLearn, and arrange to take end-of-module exams remotely.

Learn more about distance learning programmes (PDF).

Academic support

In addition to our Library and Learning Centre’s extensive resources, our excellent engineering testing facilities can support experiment-based dissertation projects.

Facilities

Masters students benefit from a range of highly specialised facilities in our School of Sustainability, Civil and Environmental Engineering. These include:

  • Air Quality Lab
  • Centre for Environmental Health and Engineering, a designated World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for water quality and health
  • Geotechnics and Geology Teaching Laboratory
  • Materials and Structures Laboratory
  • Surrey Advanced Geotechnical Engineering (SAGE) Lab
  • Wind tunnel facilities.

Prizes

VJ Tech Prize for Best MSc Student in Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

A prize of £1,000 sponsored by VJ Tech, one of the world’s top geotechnical engineering manufacturers specialising in advanced soil testing equipment for labs. The £1,000 prize may be awarded to an individual student or split between two students displaying the best performance in their MSc.

Keller Prize for Best MSc Project in Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

A prize of £500 sponsored by Keller Group plc, the world’s largest independent ground engineering contractor.

The prize will be awarded to the student(s) with the best dissertation completed as part of our Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc. The £500 prize will be awarded on the basis of quality and potential impact, and may be awarded to an individual student or split between a number of students with the best dissertations.

Professional recognition

MSc - Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).
Accredited by CIHT as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

MSc - Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).
Accredited by IHE as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

MSc - Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Accredited by ICE as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

MSc - Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
Accredited by IStructE as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

MSc - European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)
This Programme is accredited by the European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Our masters courses in civil and environmental engineering open up a huge range of career opportunities, including with major consultancies and contractors.

Recent MSc graduates have been employed by:

  • AECOM
  • Amey
  • Arcadis
  • ARUP
  • A-squared Studio
  • Atkins
  • Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure
  • Fluor
  • Highways England
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Peter Brett Associates
  • WSP.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Modules are subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 7

Students need to take the following modules:
ENGM265 Sustainability and Infrastructure
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics
ENGM272 Deep Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures
ENGM285 Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing
ENGM044 Dissertation Project

Plus, one from the following group:
ENGM264 Infrastructure Interdependencies and Resilience
ENGM266 Infrastructure Asset Management

Plus, two from the following group:
ENGM031 Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design
ENGM032 Steel & Composite Bridge Design
ENGM033 Durability of Bridges & Structures
ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
ENGM042 Steel Building Design
ENGM053 Structural Mechanics & Finite Elements
ENGM057 Water Resources Management and Hydraulic Modelling
ENGM264 Infrastructure Interdependencies and Resilience
ENGM266 Infrastructure Asset Management
ENGM281 Building Information Modelling
ENGM289 Global Challenges in Water and Health
ENGM303 Nature Based Solutions in Environmental Engineering
ENGM263 Infrastructure Financing (*)
ENGM048 Soil-structure Interaction (*)
ENGM054 Earthquake Engineering (*)
(*) The modules ENGM264, ENGM048 and ENGM054 are offered only in the academic year 2024-25 and not beyond.
 

Optional modules for Unstructured (3-5 years) PT - FHEQ Level 7

Students need to take the following modules:
ENGM265 Sustainability and Infrastructure
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics
ENGM272 Deep Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures
ENGM285 Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing
ENGM044 Dissertation Project

Plus, one from the following group:
ENGM264 Infrastructure Interdependencies and Resilience
ENGM266 Infrastructure Asset Management

Plus, two from the following group:
ENGM031 Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design
ENGM032 Steel & Composite Bridge Design
ENGM033 Durability of Bridges & Structures
ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
ENGM042 Steel Building Design
ENGM053 Structural Mechanics & Finite Elements
ENGM057 Water Resources Management and Hydraulic Modelling
ENGM264 Infrastructure Interdependencies and Resilience
ENGM266 Infrastructure Asset Management
ENGM281 Building Information Modelling
ENGM289 Global Challenges in Water and Health
ENGM303 Nature Based Solutions in Environmental Engineering
ENGM263 Infrastructure Financing (*)
ENGM048 Soil-structure Interaction (*)
ENGM054 Earthquake Engineering (*)
(*) The modules ENGM264, ENGM048 and ENGM054 are offered only in the academic year 2024-25 and not beyond.
 

Optional modules for Unstructured (3-5 years) DL - FHEQ Level 7

Students need to take the following modules:
ENGM265 Sustainability and Infrastructure
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics
ENGM272 Deep Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures
ENGM285 Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing
ENGM044 Dissertation Project

Plus, one from the following group:
ENGM264 Infrastructure Interdependencies and Resilience
ENGM266 Infrastructure Asset Management

Plus, two from the following group:
ENGM031 Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design
ENGM032 Steel & Composite Bridge Design
ENGM033 Durability of Bridges & Structures
ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
ENGM042 Steel Building Design
ENGM053 Structural Mechanics & Finite Elements
ENGM057 Water Resources Management and Hydraulic Modelling
ENGM264 Infrastructure Interdependencies and Resilience
ENGM266 Infrastructure Asset Management
ENGM281 Building Information Modelling
ENGM289 Global Challenges in Water and Health
ENGM303 Nature Based Solutions in Environmental Engineering
ENGM263 Infrastructure Financing (*)
ENGM048 Soil-structure Interaction (*)
ENGM054 Earthquake Engineering (*)
(*) The modules ENGM264, ENGM048 and ENGM054 are offered only in the academic year 2024-25 and not beyond.
 

Timetable

New students will receive their personalised timetable in Welcome Week. In later semesters, two weeks before the start of semester.

Scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday – Friday), with part-time classes normally scheduled on one or two days. Wednesday afternoons tend to be for sports and cultural activities.

View our code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF) for more information.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in civil engineering (or geology, engineering geology and other allied subjects), or equivalent recognised international degree.

Applicants will be considered on an individual basis, based on strength in specific subjects related to the MSc programme and/or professional experience.

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

International entry requirements by country

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have an Australian bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve one of the following: 

  • Bachelor (Honours) degree (four years) with 2:1 honours (division B / 2). ​
  • Bachelor ordinary degree (three Years) with Distinction (approximately 70%).

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve one of the following:

  • Bachelor (Honours) degree (four years) with 2:2 honours (division B / 2). ​
  • Bachelor ordinary degree (three years) with Credit (approximately 65%).

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.0 overall where 1 is the highest.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 overall where 1 is the highest.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have completed a Bakalavr/Specialist Diploma with a GPA of 4.3 or 77.5% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have completed a Bakalavr/Specialist Diploma with a GPA of 3.9 or 70% overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 4.7 or 85% overall.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have completed a four-year degree from a recognised Bangladesh university.

For courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of at least 3.25 out of 4.0 (65%), 3.5 out of 4.0 (70%), or 3.75 out of 4.0 (75%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (60%), 3.25 out of 4.0 (65%), or 3.5 out of 4.0 (70%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

You can apply for our undergraduate masters courses if you have a Belgian bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 14 out of 20 or 70% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 12 out of 20 or 60% overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a B overall, 65% or GPA 3.5 out of 5.0 at masters degree level.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a C overall, 55% or GPA 2.5 out of 5.0 at masters degree level.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a Bacharel Licenciatura, Licenciado or professional title from a university in Brazil.

You can apply for our MPhil/PhD courses if you have a masters degree from a university in Brazil.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a minimum GPA of 7.5 out of 10. 

For courses that require a 2:2, you must achieve a minimum GPA of 6.5 out of 10.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 8.5 out of 10.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a bachelors degree at 2:2 or above from Brunei University of Engineering, Business and Computing, Universiti Brunei Darussalam or Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree or GPA 3.2 / 65% from an honours degree. 

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree or GPA 2.7 / 55% from an honours degree.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a first-class honours degree.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a bachelors degree from a university in Bulgaria.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 5 out of 6.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 4 out of 6.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have a bachelors degree with either:

  • Grades of 70%, B overall, or a GPA of 3.0/4 where pass mark is 50%
  • Grades of 75%, B overall, or a GPA of 3.0/4 if the pass mark is 60%.

For degrees that require a UK 2:2, you must have either:

  • Bachelor’s degree, where pass mark is 60%, with 70%, GPA 2.5/4, GPA 5.1/9 or C overall
  • Bachelor’s degree, where pass mark is 50%, with 65%, GPA 2.5/4, GPA 5.1/9 or C overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, the grade requirement depends on the institution you have studied at in China. Our usual requirement is between 70% and 75% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve between 65% and 70% overall, depending on the institution at which you have studied.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA or 4.0 out of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA 3.0 out of 5.0.

You can apply for our MPhil/PhD courses if you have a masters degree.

UK degree classificationEquivalency
2:1A Bachelors degree (four years) or a pytchion (four years and from the University of Cyprus) with a minimum score of 7.0 out of 10. Alternatively, a Bachelors/ptychion certificate (four years) with a GPA of 3.5.
2:2A Bachelors degree (four years) or a ptychion (four years and from the University of Cyprus) with a minimum score of 6.5 out of 10. Alternatively, a Bachelors/ptychion certificate (four years) with a GPA of 3.0.
FirstA Bachelors degree (four years) or a ptychion (four years and from the University of Cyprus) with a minimum score of 8.3 out of 10. Alternatively, a Bachelors/ptychion certificate (four years) with a GPA of 4.0.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a bachelors degree from a university in the Czech Republic.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve either a GPA of 1.5, a B, velmi dobře ‘very good’ (post-2004) or 2.0, dobře ‘pass’ (pre-2004) in your bachelors degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve either a GPA of 2.0, a C, dobře ‘good’ (post-2004) or 3.0, dobře ‘pass’ (pre-2004) in your bachelor degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 10.0 out of 12.0 in Bachelors degree / Candidatus Philophiae / Diplomingenior / Professionsbachelor.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 12.0 in Bachelors degree / Candidatus Philophiae / Diplomingenior / Professionsbachelor.

For courses that require a UK 2:1, you must complete one of the following:

  • A bachelors degree from a recognised institution with 75% or GPA 3.0 overall
  • A bachelors degree from the American University of Cairo with 3.0 GPA or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must complete one of the following:

  • A bachelors degree from a recognised institution with 70% or GPA 2.8 overall
  • A bachelors degree from the American University of Cairo with 2.7 GPA or a C overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve either a GPA of 4.0, 81% or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve either a GPA of 3.0, 71% or a C overall.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a Kandidaatti.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 out of 5.0.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a French Bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 12.0 out of 20.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 11 out of 20.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a German bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.5, where 1 is the highest.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0, where 1 is the highest.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.25 or a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.5 or a 2:2 honours degree.

If you are applying for a masters degree, it is compulsory to seek the support of our appointed in-country agent, at no extra cost, who receive extensive training from Surrey to support you with the application and visa process. Further details and contact information available.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree with an overall score of 7.0 out of 10 from a university recognised by NARIC/Eccits.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree with an overall score of 6.5 out of 10 from a university recognised by NARIC/Eccits.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a first-class honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a Egyetemi Oklevél (university diploma) with a GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0. Or a Főiskolai Oklevél (college diploma) with a GPA of 4.51 out 5.0. Or Alapfokozat with 4.0 out of 5.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a Egyetemi Oklevél (university diploma) with a GPA of 3.51 out of 5.0. Or a Főiskolai Oklevél (college diploma) with a GPA of 4.0 out 5.0. Or Alapfokozat with 3.51 out of 5.0 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve at least an overall average of 60% or 65% in your undergraduate study depending on the institution you have completed your degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve at least an overall average of 55% or 60% in your undergraduate study depending on the institution you have completed your degree.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve at least an overall average of 65% or 70% in your undergraduate study depending on the institution you have completed your degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a Sarjana 1/Diploma IV with a 3.0-3.5 GPA, depending on the BAN-PT accreditation status of your institution of study.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a Sarjana 1/Diploma IV with a 2.8-3.3 GPA, depending on the BAN-PT accreditation status of your institution of study.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a Sarjana 1/Diploma IV with at least a 3.5 GPA overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 15.0 out of 20.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 12.0 out of 20.0 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree (four years) with 75% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree (four years) with 70% overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree, you must achieve a bachelors degree (four years) with 80% overall.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have an Irish bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have an Italian bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve the Licenza di Accademia di Belle Arti certificate or Diploma di Laurea with an average minimum mark of 90 out of 110 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve the Licenza di Accademia di Belle Arti certificate or Diploma di Laurea with an average minimum mark of 80 out of 110 overall.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a Japanese bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a minimum of 76% or a B+ overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a minimum score of 70% or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a minimum score of 82% or an A overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 76% overall or a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 68% overall or a GPA of 2.6 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 84% overall or a GPA of 4.0 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 4.25/5.0, 3.7/4.33 or 3.4/4.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 4.0/5.0, 3.4/4.33 or 3.0/4.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 4.5/5.0, 4.0/4.33 or 3.8/4.0 overall. The grade requirement depends on the institution at which you have studied.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree or a C overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a first-class honours degree or an A overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 3.33/4.0 overall or a masters degree with 3.0/4.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 2.6/4.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree, you must achieve either a bachelors or a masters degree with 4.0/4.0 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 6.0 out of 8.0, 8.0 out of 10 or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 5.0 out of 8.0 or 6.0 out of 10 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a B overall, a score of 12 out of 20 overall in either a Bachelor Degree, Licence or Maîtrise.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a C overall, or a score of 11 out of 20,in either a Bachelor Degree, Licence or Maîtrise.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 8.0 out of 10.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 10.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree, you must achieve a GPA of 9.0 out of 10.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 16 out of  20.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 14 out of 20.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 18 out of 20.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0/4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.67/4.0.

2:1 - Bachelor's degree (honours) with 70% overall (second class, upper division). Bachelor's degree (general) with 90% overall.  

2:2 - Bachelor's degree (honours) with 55% overall (second class, lower division). Bachelor's degree (general) with 80% overall.  

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 8.0 out of 10, or 16 out of 20.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 10, or 14 out of 20.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a bachelors degree, HBO certificate or doctoral certificate from a university in the Netherlands.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 10.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 6.0 out of 10.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a B+ overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a B- overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve an A- overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.2/4.0 from the AUN or 3.3/5.0 from other universities.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.7/4.0 from the AUN or 2.8/5.0 from other universities. If you have relevant work experience, you may be considered with a GPA of 2.4/5.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.5, where 1.0 is the highest, or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.25, where 1.0 is the highest, or a C overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or 3.2 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.7 or 2.9 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 3.3 or 3.5 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university. If you would like advice on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university. If you would like advice on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university. If you would like advice on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university.

Country2:1 equivalent2:2 equivalent
ChileEither of the following with 5.0/7 overall.



Licenciatura (four years)

Título (Profesional) de [professional field] (four years)
Either of the following with 4.6/7 overall.



Licenciatura (four years)

Título (Profesional) de [professional field] (four years)
ColombiaLicenciado / Título de [professional field] with 4.0/5 overall.Licenciado / Título de [professional field] with 3.5/5 overall.
EcuadorAny of the following with 75%, 7.5, where the pass mark is 6, or 8.0, where the pass mark is 7, overall.



Licenciado

Título de [professional field]

Título de Magíster
Any of the following with 70% overall.



Licenciado

Título de [professional field]

Título de Magíster
GuyanaMaster's degree from University of Guyana with 3.2/4 GPA overall.Master's degree from University of Guyana with 3.0/4 GPA overall.
NicaraguaTítulo de Licenciado / Título de [professional field] / Maestria (all four years) with 80% overall.Título de Licenciado / Título de [professional field] / Maestria (all four years) with 70% overall.
PeruTítulo de Licenciado (four years) with 13/20 overall.Título de Licenciado (four years) with 12/20 overall.
UruguayTítulo de Licenciado / Título de [professional field] (four years) with 9.0/12 overall.Título de Licenciado / Título de [professional field] (four years) with 7.0/12 overall.
Venezuela Licenciatura / Título de [professional field] with 81%, 8/9 or 16/20 overall (sobresaliente / outstanding).Licenciatura / Título de [professional field] with 71%, 7/9 or 14/20 overall (distinguido / very good).

If you would like further information on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university. If you would like advice on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university. If you would like advice on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree with a GPA of 2.6 or 2.8 out of 4.0 (65 or 70%), depending on the institution at which you studied. If you have studied a two or three-year bachelors degree plus a masters degree, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 or 3.0 out of 4.0 (70% or 75%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree with a GPA of 2.4 or 2.6 out of 4.0 (60% or 65%), depending on the institution at which you studied. If you have studied a two or three-year bachelors degree plus a masters degree, you must achieve a GPA of 2.6 or 2.8 out of 4.0 (65% or 70%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree, you must achieve a bachelors degree with a GPA of 2.8 or 3.0 out of 4.0 (70% or 80%), depending on the institution at which you studied. If you have studied a two or three-year bachelors degree plus a masters degree, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or 3.2 out of 4.0 (75% or 80%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a Polish bachelors degree or above.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1: 

Bachelors degree  

Any of the following with 4+ (4.5) / B overall (dobry plus / fairly good).  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Licencjat (bachelors degree, started after 2006)  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Inżynier (bachelors degree, started after 2006)  

Masters degree  

4 (4.0) / C overall (dobry / good).  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Magister (masters degree) If awarded from 2001.  

 

For courses that require a UK 2:2:

Bachelors degree  

Any of the following with 4 (4.0) / C overall (dobry / good).  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Licencjat (bachelors degree, started after 2006)  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Inżynier (bachelors degree, started after 2006)  

Masters degree  

3+ (3.5) / D overall (Satisfactory).  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Magister (masters degree) If awarded from 2001.  

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved the Portugal Licenciado/Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) with a GPA of 16.0 out of 20.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved Portugal Licenciado/Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) with a GPA of 14.0 out of 20.0.

For courses that require a UK first, you must have achieved Portugal Licenciado/Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) with a GPA of 18.0 out of 20.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve an overall GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved the Diploma de Licenta with a GPA of 8.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved the Diploma de Licenta with a GPA of 7.0 overall.

For postgraduate taught courses, a Specialist Diploma and Baklavar will all be considered as suitable qualifications for entry depending on grades and subjects studied.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 4.1 our of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.9 out of 5.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve 75% overall or a GPA of 3.5/5.0 or 3.0/4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve 65% overall, or a GPA of either 3.25 out of 5.0 or 2.6 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve 80% overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 3.8/5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.75/4.0 or 3.4/5.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 1.5, grade B or 'very good' overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.0, grade C or 'good' overall.

The following qualifications are accepted as equivalent to a UK bachelors degree:

  • Diploma o pridobljeni univerzitetni izobrazi
  • Diplomant
  • Univerzitetni diplomant
  • Diplomirani.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved any of the above qualifications, with a score of 8.5.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved any of the above qualifications, with a score of 7.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve 70% overall or a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve 60% overall or a 2:2 honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a Haksa GPA of 3.2/4.3 or 3.4/4.5 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a Haksa GPA of 2.8/4.3 or 3.0/4.5 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 10.0 or 2.0 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 6.0 out of 10.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved 80% from a three-year bachelors degree or 60% from a four-year special bachelors degree or a five-year professional degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved 70% from a three-year bachelors degree or 55% from a four-year special bachelors degree or a five-year professional degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved a majority of VG / AB / B / Vall Godkand.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved a majority of G / BA / C / Godkand.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of between 7.0 and 8.0 out of 10.0, 2.2 out of 5.0, or 5.0 out of 6.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of between 6.0 and 7.0 out of 10.0, or 4.5 out of 6.0.

For courses that require a UK first, you must achieve a GPA of between 8.0 and 9.0 out of 10.0, 2.7 out of 5.0, or 5.5 out of 6.0.

Our grade requirements for postgraduate courses vary depending on the institution at which you have studied:

  • For postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, our minimum grade requirement is 73%, 78% or 88%
  • For courses that require a UK 2:2, our minimum grade requirement is 68%, 73% or 83%
  • For courses that require a UK first, our minimum grade requirement is 78%, 83% or 93%.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 or 3.0 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.6 or 2.8 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of between 2.8 and 3.0 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of between 2.6 and 2.8 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 4.0 or a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or a 2:2 honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you will need to have completed one of the following:

  • Dyplom Bakalavr (after 2007) with 80% overall
  • Specialist Diploma (five years) with a GPA of 4.3 out of 5.0
  • Dyplom Magistra (before 2006) with a GPA of 4.3 out of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you will need to have completed one of the following:

  • Dyplom Bakalavr (after 2007) with 70% overall
  • Specialist Diploma (five years) with a GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0
  • Dyplom Magistra (before 2006) with a GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK first, you will need to have completed one of the following:

  • Dyplom Bakalavr (after 2007) with 90% overall
  • Specialist Diploma (five years) with a GPA of 4.6 out of 5.0
  • Dyplom Magistra (before 2006) with a GPA of 4.6 out of 5.0.

Please note that Dyplom Bakalavr (before 2007) is not suitable for entry.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0, or 80% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0, or 75% overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 overall, or 85% overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 or 7.5 out of 10.0 overall, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 6.5 or 7.0 out of 10.0 overall, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 7.5 or 8.0 out of 10.0 overall, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For direct entry these range from a 2:1 to a 2:2 UK honours degree. Our Pre-Masters programme offers another route into Surrey for specific programmes.

  • For courses that require a 2:1 you would need 12/20 in a relevant bachelors degree.
  • For courses that require a 2:2 you would need 11/20 in a relevant bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours (second class, upper division) Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours (second class, lower division) Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you would need 12/20 in a relevant bachelors degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you would need 11/20 in a relevant bachelors degree.

Algeria

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Belgium

Botswana

Brazil

Brunei

Bulgaria

Canada

China

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Egypt

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Hong Kong SAR

Hungary

India

Indonesia

International students in the United Kingdom

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kuwait

Latvia

Lebanon

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malaysia

Malta

Mauritius

Moldova

Morocco

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nigeria

Norway

Oman

Other African countries

Other East Asian countries

Other European countries

Other Middle Eastern countries

Other South American countries

Other South Asian countries

Other South East Asian countries

Pakistan

Poland

Portugal

Qatar

Romania

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Tanzania

Thailand

Türkiye

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United States of America

Vietnam

Zimbabwe

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each other element.

These are the English language qualifications and levels that we can accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Recognition of prior learning

We recognise that many students enter their course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of ways.

If this applies to you, the recognition of prior learning process may mean you can join a course without the formal entry requirements, or at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience.

There are restrictions for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. Please contact the Admissions team with any queries.

Fees

Start date: September 2024

Full-time - 1 year

UK
£11,900
Overseas
£26,000

Part-time - 5 years

UK
£1,300*
Overseas
£2,800*

Distance-learning - 5 years

UK
£1,300*
Overseas
£2,800*
* per 15 credits
  • For the unstructured self-paced part-time course, the fee shown above is per 15 credits for the 2024-25 academic year 
  • The dissertation module is charged as a 15-credit module for fee purposes
  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2024-25 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
  • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.

Payment schedule

  • Students with Tuition Fee Loan: the Student Loans Company pay fees in line with their schedule (students on an unstructured self-paced part-time course are not eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan).
  • Students without a Tuition Fee Loan: pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
  • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
  • 50% in January of the same academic year.
  • Students on part-time programmes where fees are paid on a modular basis: cannot pay fees by instalment.
  • Sponsored students: must provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of study.

The exact date(s) will be on invoices. 

Funding

You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.

Admissions information

Once you apply, you can expect to hear back from us within 14 days. This might be with a decision on your application or with a request for further information.

Our code of practice for postgraduate admissions policy explains how the Admissions team considers applications and admits students. Read our postgraduate applicant guidance for more information on applying.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to follow our policies and procedures, student regulations, and terms and conditions.

We provide these terms and conditions in two stages:

  • First when we make an offer.
  • Second when students accept their offer and register to study with us (registration terms and conditions will vary depending on your course and academic year).

View our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2023/24 academic year, as a guide on what to expect.

Disclaimer

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Whilst we have done everything possible to ensure this information is accurate, some changes may happen between publishing and the start of the course.

It is important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read our full disclaimer.

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