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A Masters degree from Surrey will unlock your potential to achieve your academic and career ambitions

University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is one of the UK's top professional, scientific and technological universities. Surrey has a world-class profile, a leading reputation in teaching and research, and received a prestigious Gold award in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Postgraduate Study at Surrey

Embarking on a master’s degree will spark an exciting new chapter in your life.

The decision to undertake postgraduate study is often very personal. It can be a pursuit of passion, for targeted career progression, or even with a view to change the world for the better. Surrey is perfectly suited to unlock your potential and will help you achieve your academic and career ambitions.

Whatever programme you choose, our dedicated academic staff will inspire you to see things differently and discover new ways of thinking about your subject. Our academics and research teams are changing the world and their impact is felt on a global scale, and you will be part of that journey here at Surrey.

A Masters degree from Surrey will unlock your potential to achieve your academic and career ambitions


We have a wide range of postgraduate webinars from September 2020 onwards to give you the chance to discover more about postgraduate life at Surrey, chat to academics and current students and find out more about fees and funding. Find out more and register today.

Inspiring Academics

The University attracts leading academics from around the world who are acknowledged as experts in their fields.

You can find out more about our academics, including our postgraduate programme leaders on individual postgraduate programme pages

A Masters degree from Surrey will unlock your potential to achieve your academic and career ambitions

Surrey life

A vibrant, safe space in which to live and learn, our friendly campus community encourages a real sense of belonging. Our campus is easily accessible by road and rail, just a short walk from Guildford train station and only 34 minutes from London by train.

The Students' Union lies at the heart of the university community. They provide a diverse programme of activities, entertainment and volunteering opportunities, including a choice of 180 sports clubs and societies.

MySurrey Hive is a central place on campus where you can get help and support on all matters relating to student life. It also offers a welcoming environment for informal study. Recently opened in 2020, MySurrey Nest is a relaxing place where you can rest between lectures and focus on your wellbeing.

We offer a wide range of student accommodation at the University of Surrey. Our rooms are comfortable, secure and priced to suit different budgets, allowing you to focus on your studies and enjoy everything that Surrey has to offer.

Our £36m Surrey Sports Park has world-class facilities and plays host to a number of professional teams, athletes and sports events. You couldn't ask for a better place to keep fit and healthy.

University of Surrey Contact details

Address: University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom

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Our academics are well respected, both nationally and internationally, throughout academia and industry where our links are strong. We believe that a university should contribute to the cultural wealth of society by developing the mainstay sciences, while enhancing the technology to improve the overall quality of life.

Through consistent investment stemming from our deep commitment to develop world-class, sustainable research programmes, the Faculty has built up an impressive infrastructure to support all its activities. The interdisciplinary nature of much of our work also encourages us to constantly explore new opportunities to cross boundaries, providing students with the prospect of accessing facilities which are truly world class.

The Faculty offers a stimulating and supportive environment for those who want to experience the cutting edge of science and technology, and develop their careers in line with these aspirations. Our faculty covers the core engineering disciplines of aeronautical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, electronic engineering and mechanical engineering alongside the specific disciplines of chemistry, computing, mathematics and physics.


We believe in the importance of linking fundamental scientific research to engineering applications, so many of these activities are underpinned by strong industrial links, and several successful spin-out companies have resulted.

We are proud of our record in postgraduate training and we offer a rich variety of research topics for PhD study, through the traditional routes and also through our highly successful EngD programmes.
The Faculty consists of approximately 1000 researchers, of whom 170 are academic staff, 200 are postdoctoral research assistants and the remainder are post graduate researchers.

Our annual turnover of research income is about £16M, of which about half comes from Research Councils UK (principally EPSRC), a third from the EU, and the rest mainly from industry (our largest clients being EADS Astrium, Rolls Royce, E.on, Toyota, AWE and QinetiQ).

Centre for Doctoral Training

The core of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in MiNMaT (Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies) lies in solving academically challenging and industrially relevant problems through a profound understanding of processing–microstructure–property relationships.

The Centre has a unique focus on characterisation and provides sponsoring organisations with use of state-of-the-art instrumentation equipment. Engineering Doctorate (EngD) students, or Research Engineers as they are known, are part of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in MiNMaT and will spend four years principally with their industrial sponsor, and return to the University for courses and to use the characterisation facilities.


Our taught Masters programmes are led by our research-active staff who provide a range of learning experiences (lectures, tutorials, directed study, practical laboratories and project work) that prepare graduates for their professional life, be it in the high technology sector, the world of commerce, or elsewhere.

We are particularly keen to develop in all our students a broad range of generic skills to complement the core technical or scientific competencies of their chosen subject area. Our modular programme format, coupled with the increasing use of innovative teaching and learning strategies such as e-learning and industrially focused short courses, provides a flexible study environment whilst maintaining the academic rigour and quality expected of one of the UK’s top rated faculties.

There are about 1000 students from all over the world participating in our Masters programmes. Many programmes can be tailored to suit a student’s own particular needs and interests.

Our record of graduate employment is outstanding, with Surrey graduates consistently being in high demand across all sectors.

Facilities, buildings and equipment

Through consistent investment stemming from our deep commitment to develop world class, sustainable research programmes, the Faculty has built up an impressive infrastructure to support all its activities.

The Faculty can boast state-of-the-art laboratory facilities which provide unique opportunities in many areas. Examples include clean-rooms for the development of nanotechnology, advanced laser facilities, wind tunnels, radiation detection and monitoring laboratories, medical research facilities, a ground-station for monitoring satellites, a centre for ion-implantation and ion beam applications, supercomputers for advanced mathematical modelling, a centre dedicated to materials research, facilities for sound and image recording, multimedia laboratories, RF and wireless test facilities and so on. These are fully supported by dedicated teams of technical and IT support staff.

The interdisciplinary nature of much of our work encourages us to constantly explore new opportunities to cross boundaries, providing students with the prospect of accessing facilities which are truly world class.

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Welcome to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

As well as expertise in learning and teaching in biosciences and health sciences, our faculty is also widely recognised for world-class research. In the latest UK research excellence framework (REF 2014) we were rated one of the top eight UK institutions for biosciences, health sciences, psychology and veterinary research. Our research has led to improved understanding and treatment of diabetes, cancer, addiction, cardiovascular and infectious diseases. In addition, we have world-leading research in sleep and chronobiology and systems biology.

This is an exciting time for the Faculty, and the University of Surrey as a whole. As part of the integration of biomedical and health research, the University is playing a leading role in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Sciences Network which is set to encourage greater collaboration between academic institutions, the NHS and industry to boost research and innovation in health care.

Our extensive, well-established collaborations with industry and the National Health Service continue to provide knowledge transfer to the commercial sector, clinical practice and the wider community.

Postgraduate study

At postgraduate level, we offer a wide range of programmes including those leading to Diploma, Masters and PhD awards, along with standalone modules as part of continuing professional development. Many of the programmes are applicable to recent graduates and/or health and medical practitioners and industrialists looking to enhance their skills in specialist areas.

PhD students will be registered initially for a probationary period and will proceed to full PhD registration after one year, subject to a successful upgrade viva. Students will be expected to demonstrate original thought and a capacity for critical evaluation. All PhD students will be expected to participate in relevant research training courses. The degree will be awarded upon submission of a thesis and a successful viva voce examination.

Facilities and equipment

The Faculty has a core technology programme, to support and fund equipment-intensive research technologies and to promote their use in multidisciplinary research. It encompasses functional genomics (microarray printing, genomics, transcriptomics), bioinformatics (data mining, systems biology, pathway modelling, fluxomics), proteomics (2D-PAGE, ICAT, MudPit, MALDI-TOF), metabolomics (GC-MS-MS, GC-MS, LC-MS) and imaging (laser scanning confocal, fluorescence, fluorescence inverted and FRET microscopy, flow cytometry, fluorescence-activated cell sorting, in situ hybridisation). In addition, biomedical research is supported by NMR facilities and animal facilities, including dedicated suites for transgenic work.

FHMS also has all of the standard analytical equipment you would expect a biomedical faculty to have to support the subject disciplines. In addition, within FHMS, there is project-specific equipment that is utilised for animal behavioural studies, electrophysiology and molecular biology.


The Faculty offers a range of taught postgraduate programmes supported by our excellent research portfolio in a dynamic, friendly environment. Our programmes are recognised worldwide and attract students from every continent. The programmes are highly rated by the Quality Assurance Agency and further endorsed by employers, external examiners and students alike. Many programmes are also accredited by professional bodies and are recognised as part of the professional qualifications requirements.


The Faculty has nine overarching research themes that represent the areas of strength of our research activity. In total the number of academic staff involved in our research exceeds 100, with more than 100 research fellows and over 150 PhD/MD students. Each research theme has an academic coordinator and each contains teams of researchers working in sub-areas of the theme.

We are proud of our record in postgraduate training and we offer a variety of research topics. This all takes place within the context of our Faculty Graduate School (which also serves to create a friendly social environment for our research students.

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