The University of Surrey postgraduate courses can help you achieve your vision – whether that’s starting a new career, pursuing an academic passion, or wanting to study somewhere where you can make a real impact. As a research-led university, Surrey's outstanding contributions benefit society as a whole and address major global challenges. Surrey has a vibrant, enthusiastic and forward-thinking community geared towards changing the world for the better. 

The University of Surrey invests heavily in its facilities. In the last 10 years, it has spent £88 million on improving student accommodation, £36 million on Surrey Sports Park – which has a £500,000 gym, an indoor climbing centre, a 50m swimming pool and 10 grass pitches – and £16 million on the new Library and Learning Centre, which houses a huge collection of resources and is open 24/7 during term time.

International Students

The University of Surrey hosts students of more than 120 nationalities. The university provides support for international students from before they arrive until after they graduate, helping with visa applications, accommodation, careers and more. The Students' Union has societies that represent a variety of cultures, faiths and nationalities for students to get involved with – either to feel more at home, or to discover something new.

The university offers an airport Meet and Greet service on selected days prior to the start of semester at both Heathrow and Gatwick airports. An International Orientation Programme is provided for new international students; this takes place before the university’s Welcome Week, and helps students to settle in more easily.

As part of the International Orientation Programme, you'll be able to register with the university, get to know the campus and explore the surrounding area. There are also visits to local places of interest and workshops on offer, as well as social events.

To benefit fully from the courses at the University of Surrey, all students need a good standard of English language. Most degrees require IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component, however some courses ask for higher scores than this. Please visit the individual course pages to discover the requirements for each course. 

Postgraduate Student Statistics

3,735 postgraduate students in 2016–17

Mode of study

  • Full Time 68%
  • Part Time 32%


  • UK 55%
  • EU 9%
  • Other 36%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Psychology 195 210 405
Business & Management Studies 50 340 390
Civil Engineering 70 245 315
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 140 120 265
Accounting & Finance 0 245 245
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 25 180 205
Nursing 0 145 145
Food Science 15 115 135
Economics 25 80 100
Physics & Astronomy 50 40 95
Marketing 0 80 80
Chemical Engineering 35 40 75
Materials Technology 50 20 70
Computer Science 20 45 65
Sociology 30 25 60
Music 25 30 50
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 10 40 50
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 0 50 50
Biological Sciences 20 25 45
Education 0 45 45
General Engineering 5 35 40
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering 10 25 35
English 25 10 35
Chemistry 30 5 30
Communication & Media Studies 5 30 30
Mathematics 20 5 25
Agriculture & Forestry 25 0 25
Creative Writing 0 25 25
Linguistics 5 15 25
Librarianship & Information Management 0 20 20
Medical Technology 5 15 20
Politics 10 10 20
Law 15 0 15
Mechanical Engineering 10 0 10
Art & Design 5 0 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 6,000–7,900
Mixed 7,000–17,000
Laboratory 9,000–9,800
Clinical 9,000–12,000
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Bursaries and Scholarships

The University of Surrey offers bursaries and scholarships for postgraduate students, with both merit-based and means-tested awards available. Additionally, every year the university welcomes students who have received scholarships from external scholarship bodies. Please refer to the university website for details of the allocation policy, terms and conditions.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • Arranged in courts of residence (groups of self-catered housing) and priced to suit different budgets, the university's accommodation is comfortable and secure. The university has more than 5,000 rooms in self-catered housing to suit different budgets, and many of the available rooms have an en-suite bathroom, Wi-Fi, 24/7 security and are within walking distance to the town centre. Postgraduate students can also opt to live in accommodation independent from the university.
  • Living in university accommodation is a great way to meet new people and the university does everything it can to help students feel at home. Students benefit from 24/7 security, broadband internet and possessions insurance. Students share a kitchen-dining room that is conveniently close to the bedrooms, and communal areas have TV / study rooms.
  • Most accommodation is mixed-sex, but students can request to live in a single-sex flat if they wish; there are also specially adapted rooms available for students with physical disabilities at Stag Hill and Manor Park.