Being a student at Surrey you can get involved in interdisciplinary research opportunities both here and with our partners such as the National Physical Laboratory.

Outstanding teaching

Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Surrey delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Research excellence

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) 84 per cent of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the Physics category.

What we are researching

We work across two research themes.

Research opportunities

We are keen to support fellowship applications for talented applicants so we have listed some current fellowships.


PhD studentship in quantum computing for nuclear physics

Funding information:
This is a fully funded studentship for UK students, with a stipend at standard UKRI home/EU rates.

Study abroad

You have the opportunity to acquire international experience as part of your undergraduates and masters studies, by taking advantage of exchange agreements with our partner universities.

Locations of our partner universities include Australia, Germany, Canada, United States and Singapore.

Discover where you can go.

Professional Training and research placements

Our undergraduate physics courses offer a fully integrated Professional Training or research placement, which provides our students with an excellent foundation for both employment and further study.

For those interested in a career in research, our MPhys courses offer a full research year that is often spent abroad, whilst our BSc courses offer a Professional Training placement which involves students directly applying their physics to the work, by using coding, maths etc.

Recognised as the Best University Placement Service (Over 500 Placements) for the second year in a row at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2020; we will support you with your application and ensure you are gaining the experience you need in a supportive environment.

Placement companies

Our students spend their year at a very wide range of employers.

  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • BAE Systems
  • Central Laser Facility (CLF) at the Rutherford Lab - Vulcan Lasers
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • IBM UK Ltd
  • InSync Technologies Ltd
  • MBDA UK Ltd
  • Merck
  • National Physical Laboratory
  • PlasmaQuest
  • Regional Radiation Protection Service
  • Tesla Engineering Ltd
  • Toptica Photonics.

Student life

Learn more about student life at Surrey, ranked top 10 in The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018.

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