Published: 01 December 2020

A week in the life of a psychology student

From statistics lectures to academic tutorials, discover what a typical week looks like as a first-year BSc (Hons) Psychology student at Surrey.

How you'll learn

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of lectures, laboratory-based practicals, one-to-one supervision, online learning, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading.

We’ve also introduced hybrid learning, a mix of online and face-to-face sessions, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.


In your tutorials, we’ll introduce you to core research methods and techniques, and help you develop your academic skills, such as searching for and critically evaluating research, writing essays and research reports, and preparing for exams. Tutorials take place in groups of approximately 12 students and are led by the same tutor throughout the year. 

You'll also have personal tutorials with your personal tutor at least once a semester.


In your workshops, you’ll investigate key statistical and qualitative methods for analysing research data.

A typical week in Semester 1 of your first year

In your first year, you'll receive approximately 13 contact hours each week.


  • 12pm to 1pm – Academic tutorial
  • 2pm to 3pm – 'Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology' lecture


  • 9am to 11am – 'Cognitive Psychology' lecture
  • 12pm to 1pm – 'Statistics and Data Analysis' lecture
  • 5pm to 6pm – 'Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology' lecture


  • 9am to 11am – 'Social Psychology' tutorial

Please note, Wednesday afternoons are left free for sporting activities.


  • 10am to 12pm – 'Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology' tutorial
  • 4pm to 6pm – 'Social Psychology' lecture


  • 11am to 1pm – 'Statistics and Data Analysis' workshop

Find out more about our psychology course


The timetable and modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication and may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

Given the changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, our hybrid learning model is under continuous review. See the latest information on all changes.

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