Education in the UK

Why study in the UK?

The UK is known throughout the world for the excellent quality of its education. Here, students are encouraged not only to learn their subject in depth, but also to think for themselves. This is a valuable skill for a successful career. 


Universities in the UK attract leading academics from around the world. The University of Surrey is no different. It consistently ranks within the UK top 10 (Guardian University Guide) and has one of the best professional training placement programmes in the world. 

Research excellence

The University of Surrey is committed to research excellence and the application of research to benefit society. Surrey's 5G Innovation centre is the world's largest academic research centre dedicated to the next generation of mobile and wireless connectivity.

UK education system

Teaching and learning style 

A university education involves a number of teaching methods. Teachers are experts in their field of study. Teaching methods include: lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work and fieldwork.

Within the focused and safe learning environment at Surrey, you will be taught and supported by leading academics. If you want to specialise in a certain subject from the start, complete your degree as quickly as possible and learn to study independently, studying in the UK will be ideal for you.


The type and number of assessments you need to complete depends on the degree you choose in the UK. Some degrees involve continuous and regular assessment. Others may be assessed with a final exam. Your pathway programme will prepare you well with examinations and coursework, which could take the form of a presentation or an extended essay. 

Assessments may include: coursework, project work, presentations, participation in seminars, written assignments/essays, practical assessments and final dissertation.

Joint honours

As an undergraduate student at Surrey, you have the option to study single or joint honours. Single honours involves studying one subject in depth. Joint honours is the study of two or more subjects in depth. 

Quality Assurance

You can be assured of the high quality of teaching and learning at UK universities. They are monitored by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). This agency regularly inspects universities to make sure they meet the high standards set by the UK Government.

International student Joash from Hong Kong

"The teaching style at university is more independent. It requires you to spend more time working as an individual, so you have to manage your time very well."

Joash from Hong Kong
Studied International Foundation Year – Engineering, Science and Mathematics
Progressed to BSc Aerospace Engineering

Personal tutors

Personal tutors are different to your academic tutors and are available to answer questions and offer ongoing support. The University will usually assign you a tutor in your first year and they will be a point of contact for you throughout your degree. You will also have a personal tutor at the International Study Centre to offer individual support you need. 

Independent study

Tutors give you the basic information you need to be able to study a topic in more depth by yourself. You will manage your own workload and research independently using the university’s library and other facilities. Since 2012, around £16 million has been invested to offer University of Surrey students a first-rate, modern study space.

Professional experience

The University of Surrey works with over 2,300 high-profile partner organisations to offer you real-world, professional work experience. Along with a degree from a respected UK university like Surrey, a Professional Training placement helps you stand out in the competitive graduate employment market.