Professional training

What is a Professional Training placement?

Surrey’s Professional Training placements are a period of paid or unpaid employment and/or study abroad, which take place after the second year (or, in some cases, third year) of undergraduate study.

Our pioneering Professional Training placement programme has over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. These organisations provide opportunities for you to put your skills into practice and to experience a real professional environment.

The University can equip you with the right skills to find a work placement that matches both the needs of your degree and your future career plans, as well as giving you useful links and contacts.

Professional Training schemes vary between departments and have been developed by each department to provide the best opportunities for their students. For more information on how Professional Training is run for your course please visit the 'Courses with Placements' page and select your course.

We will support you

One of the areas that makes Surrey’s student work placements so unique is the amount of support provided to you throughout your year in industry.

We will support you all the way through, from the application stage to the end of the placement and into your final year back at Surrey.

We encourage you to be proactive and apply for your industry placement yourself, by writing a CV and cover letter. The application process can include interviews and assessment centres which we can offer support with to ensure you are well-prepared.

You will also be provided with a personal tutor from your school or department. Your tutor will visit you a number of times during your placement, to offer support and check on your progress (the exact number of visits will be dependent on your placement length and particular programme).

We’re always improving

We’re committed to developing and improving our Professional Training placement programme, and we monitor and evaluate it closely each year.

Our Professional Training history

Professional Training, as it is called today at the University of Surrey, has a long history that goes back to the times in which the University was Battersea College of Technology.

To find out more about the history of the long-running placement scheme here at the University of Surrey, and to find out how the successful scheme that is in place today has been developed, please visit the 'History of Professional Training' page.

What our students say:

I found the PT year a most enjoyable experience as well as extremely valuable in the development of my possible future career.

Michael Bowry Physics

I now have much clearer ideas about what I want to do in the future, and am much more focused and determined to get where I want to be.

Laura Wallis Maths and Statistics

I feel a lot more confident in my practical skills and enthusiastic about the future of my career

Toby Shannon Physics

I never felt like I was on my own – even though I had a lot of independent work

Kate Inwood Food Science