Published: 03 November 2015

A week in the life of a biosciences student

From lab sessions to lunch by the campus lake, discover a typical week in the life of a first-year biosciences student at the University of Surrey.

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You’re encouraged to think independently and critically analyse every topic learnt.

Sanjana Bhaskar, Biotechnology


  • 10am – Chemistry and Maths for Biosciences lecture
  • 12pm – Microbial Growth and Genetics lecture
  • 1pm – Lunch by the lake
  • 2pm – Cell biology practical in the lab
  • 5pm – Bee decline in the UK lecture
  • 7pm – Cook and eat dinner with housemates


  • 9am – Seminar on Chemistry & Maths for Biosciences
  • 11am – Respiratory Infections lecture
  • 12pm – Meet course mates for picnic lunch on the sofas in Hillside
  • 1pm – Walk over to the Library and Learning Centre to work on assignment
  • 2pm – Developments in Detection of Early Stage Cancer lecture
  • 3pm – Head Back to Library to continue working on assignment 
  • 8pm – Dinner with housemates, followed by some essential course reading


  • 8am – Pop over to the Surrey Sports Park for an early morning swim
  • 10am – Practical Chemistry lab session – learn how to use diagnostic equipment
  • 1:30pm  Home for lunch
  • 3pm – Assignment work
  • 6pm – Early dinner with housemates, followed by trip to the cinema

Biosciences lab session

See what happens during a microbial and cellular sciences lab session.

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  • 10am – Microscopy and Identification of Fungi practical lab session
  • 12pm – Cell Biology lecture
  • 1:30pm – Gym session at Surrey Sports Park, then back to halls for essay prep and reading
  • 5pm – Personal tutor group meeting
  • 7pm – Dinner and essential course reading, then catch up on a TV box set with housemate


  • 9am – Group study session to work on the production of Bioscience magazine
  • 12pm – Cell Biology lecture
  • 2pm – Group session in the library, followed by assignment work
  • 4pm – Shopping in Guildford
  • 7pm – Takeaway curry with housemates, then to the Students’ Union for “Flirt” night

In my first semester, I met lots of people through rowing for the University. I’ve now joined Surrey RAG (Raising and Giving). 

Matt Eastland-Jones, Biological Sciences


  • 9am – Surrey Sports Park for a swim
  • 10:30am - Campus laundrette and library
  • 12:30pm – Meet friend for lunch in Guildford town centre, then back home for a study session (preparing for essays/revision)
  • 6pm – Night out with friends from other halls. Eat an early dinner before walking in to Guildford for drinks at Tickled Ivory


  • Lie in! 
  • 11am – Weekly shop at Tesco
  • 1:30pm – Roast dinner with housemates, followed by walk by the river
  • 7pm – Quiz night at the local pub

Learn more about our degrees in the field of Biosciences and Medicine.

Please note that module and seminar names are for example only. For the latest information about each course, please see the relevant programme page.

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