A week in the life of a biochemistry student
From microbiology lectures to laboratory-based practicals, discover what a typical week looks like as a first-year BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) Biochemistry student at Surrey.
How you'll learn
Your teaching throughout the course will be delivered through a combination of:
- Group work (e.g. discussion groups)
- Laboratory-based practicals
- Online learning
- Role plays
Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays, laboratory write-ups and reading.
We’ve also introduced hybrid learning, a mix of online and face-to-face sessions, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"I like the practical elements of some modules. The wet lab experience gives you an advantage over other applicants when applying for jobs."
Harriet Hicks, BSc (Hons) Biochemistry
A typical week in Semester 1 of your first year
In your first year, you'll receive approximately 18 contact hours each week.
- 11am to 1pm – 'Biochemistry – Understanding the Chemistry of Life' lecture
- 2pm to 5pm – 'Cell Biology' laboratory session
- 9am to 10am – 'Microbiology: An Introduction to the Microbial World' lecture
- 11am to 1pm – 'Exploring Biochemistry' group workshop
- 9am to 10pm – 'Biochemistry – Understanding the Chemistry of Life' lecture
- 11am to 12pm – 'Biochemistry – Understanding the Chemistry of Life' lecture
Please note, Wednesday afternoons are left free for sporting activities.
- 9am to 12pm – 'Biochemistry – Understanding the Chemistry of Life' laboratory session
- 12pm to 1pm – 'Microbiology: An Introduction to the Microbial World' lecture
- 4pm to 5pm – 'Cell Biology' lecture
- 5pm to 6pm – 'Biochemistry – Understanding the Chemistry of Life' drop-in session
Get a flavour for life as a biochemistry student by watching some of our taster lectures:
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.