Published: 18 January 2017

A week in the life of a postgraduate psychology student

MSc Environmental Psychology student Tassa Dimitropoulos shares a typical week for her as a postgraduate student at Surrey.

Postgraduate psychology student university of surrey Tassa Dimitropoulos

Typical timetable

The following timetable is a personal example - for the latest module information, visit the MSc Environmental Psychology programme page.


9am to 11am - Lecture: Preparation for Academic Research in Psychology. This really helps integrate those without a previous psychology degree into the field, which I’m learning has its own unique features.

11am to 1pm - Lecture: Social Change and Influence. Lots of reading to explore the development of social psychology and some great opportunities to debate current topics using classic theoretical frameworks.

2pm to 4pm - Lecture: Qualitative Research Methods. This is a thorough introduction to practical research.

4pm to 5pm - Workshop: Group Project. This workshop is a chance to work as a team to practise interview skills, coding and interpreting data.


11am to 1pm - Lecture: Inquiry and Design. This practical module allows me to further practise a range of research methods and apply theory to the field.


12pm to 6pm - Workshop: Statistics. In-depth activities to help strengthen knowledge of SPSS (software package used for logical batched and non-batched statistical analysis) and interpreting statistical information in preparation for the exam. 

Life at Surrey

"Being a mother and living with my family in North London means I don’t have much free time for extra-curricular activities. Having attended the Freshers Fayre (to tease myself), I noticed there was a vast selection of clubs and societies that I would have liked to be able to participate in!

"As it stands, the moment lectures are over on a Tuesday, I am rushing off to the train station to collect my child from school. It’s quite a trek but I’m grateful that I can stay at home and access a high-quality university that provides a course nowhere else does: environmental psychology. I’m sure if I lived on campus, I would be involved a lot more and take advantage of some of the great opportunities to get creative and meet people. I would have enjoyed joining the musical theatre society for example, something that was not available at the last two universities I attended!"


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