Our School of Biosciences and Medicine is home to a vibrant research community and has well-established connections with industry and clinical practice.
Research within the School fully embraces the ‘bench to bedside’ concept, ranging from molecular and computational studies through to clinical trials. We have a strong interdisciplinary set of research sections and centres which interact with each other, other parts of the University, and with external collaborators.
Our research is truly international, with Surrey academics and students coming from around the globe. Many ongoing research projects involve active collaborations with international researchers and institutions.
The University is home to a new Doctoral College and a vibrant researcher development programme that supports postgraduate research students and other research trainees. We also have careers advisors dedicated to the support of postgraduate research students and research trainees.
Our academics are engaged in world-leading discovery and applied research to improve human and animal health, and are frequently published in top academic journals such as Nature, Lancet, and the British Medical Journal. The research in Bioscience and Medicine is an important part of our Faculty’s interdisciplinary programme of ‘One Health’. As such, our researchers are part of a strong collaborative and interdisciplinary group that includes links to Surrey Health Partners. We’re also regularly featured in the media as experts in the field.
Surrey was ranked 6th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2018 for Biological Sciences, with a Research Quality score that matches Cambridge. In the 2017 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES), 93 per cent of Surrey students in Biosciences and Medicine gave positive responses regarding supervision and research skills.
The biological and medical sciences form an extremely vibrant area of research that is becoming increasingly relevant in modern society. Our School’s areas of research expertise include:
As a postgraduate research student at Surrey you will develop multiple aspects of your scientific understanding and personal development. This includes a deep and critical knowledge of your own research field, laboratory and/or analytical skills relevant to your project, a general awareness of contemporary biomedical research, application of independent analytical thought, presentation and communication skills, and the ability to solve academic and practical problems.
Most postgraduate research projects in biosciences and medicine will involve a substantial degree of laboratory work, which is necessary to generate the data that underpins the final thesis. However, some research areas will be primarily or entirely related to the analysis of existing scientific or clinical data sets. All projects within biosciences and medicine will require statistical analysis of data. Some projects will be entirely conducted at Surrey, whereas others will involve collaboration with other institutions that may be in the UK or international.
The exact nature of the programme structure will vary according to the details of the project you undertake. However, a confirmation process is undertaken by all postgraduate research students in order to formally assess progress. The confirmation usually occurs between 12 - 15 months for full-time students and 24 - 30 months for part-time students. It requires submission of a written report and successful completion of an oral examination.
In addition to the confirmation process students you will have six-monthly progress reviews with your supervisors. These meetings will reflect upon your progress over the previous six months, discuss successes and challenges, and set targets for the next six months. The progress reviews will be monitored by Postgraduate Research Directors and recorded in the individual file of each student.
As a postgraduate research student you will have at least two supervisors. The primary role of the supervisors is to provide you with academic guidance and tuition throughout your project. Supervisors will have scientific expertise relevant to your research project and help you develop skills in experimental design, conduct and analysis. Supervisors will also be able to provide some level of pastoral support and advice, or be able to you to more specialist support where necessary.
You will be required to have one formal meeting with your supervisors every month, and can expect to have more frequent meetings between the formal monthly ones. The frequency of these meetings will depend upon the nature of your project and stage of your project.
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Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees.
The code defines a set of standard procedures and specific responsibilities covering the academic supervision, administration and assessment of research degrees for all faculties within the University.
Download the code of practice for research degrees (PDF).