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Seeing things differently is at the heart of what we do at the University of Surrey.

See things differently

Seeing things differently is at the heart of what we do at the University of Surrey. We see things not only as they are, but as they could be. If you are considering a doctoral programme, it means that you see things differently too – yourself in a new career, growing as a person, or wanting to be part of changing the world for the better.

At Surrey we have earnt a strong reputation for ground-breaking research in the areas of health, medicine, space, environment and mobile communications. We are currently home to over 1,000 postgraduate researchers, and nearly 450 supervisors, working together across 170+ research areas.

Each has joined us because they are passionate about their subject, want to discover more and have a desire to push the frontiers of knowledge in their area. Committed to recruiting and supporting talented doctoral researchers, we are delighted to be able to offer over 100 studentships for 2019 across a range of disciplines.

We really appreciate that the process to applying for a doctoral programme can be complex and so for those who would like support and more information on how to apply, we invite you to attend one of our events.

Postgraduate Open Afternoon – Wednesday 27th February 19 from 2:30pm

Discuss your options with our friendly academics, meet colleagues from our doctoral college, tour our beautiful campus and chat to current postgraduate students.


Book your place today and join our world-class, multi-disciplinary and research-led University at an exciting time.

Mercio Cerbaro, PhD Environment and Sustainability

Mercio Cerbaro, PhD Environment and Sustainability

"I have a BSc in Geography and an MSc in Geographical Information Systems from the University of Aberdeen. I was drawn to study at Surrey for my PhD because it has the best combination of expertise in satellites and in sustainability. My supervisors have all been very supportive and always encourage me to go the extra mile.

Surrey has very good opportunities for collaboration. I’m particularly proud of starting an official international collaboration between the University of Surrey and the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) in Brazil. Surrey and INPE signed a memorandum of understanding because of me, and I’ve been able to take advantage of INPE facilities in Sao Jose dos Campos in Brazil to support my research.

Studying at Surrey has also given me the opportunity to explore the Surrey countryside with its great walks, nature and good places for cycling."

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