A week in the life of a biological sciences student
From biosciences lectures to group work, discover what a typical week looks like as a first-year BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences 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 and presentations)
- 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.
"The practical classes are a highlight for me and there's a strong drive towards group work which makes the experience far more sociable and interactive."
Kyle Kapur, BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences
A typical week in Semester 1 of your first year
In your first year, you'll receive approximately 12 contact hours each week.
- 9am to 10am – 'Biochemistry: The Molecules of Life' lecture
- 11am to 1pm – 'Current Topics in Biosciences' lecture
- 2pm to 3pm – Tutorial
- 9am to 10am – 'Microbiology: An Introduction to the Microbial World' lecture
- 10am to 12pm – 'Microbiology: An Introduction to the Microbial World' laboratory session
Please note, Wednesday afternoons are left free for sporting activities.
- 9am to 11am – 'Cell Biology' lecture
- 12pm to 1pm – 'Microbiology: An Introduction to the Microbial World' lecture
- 2pm to 5pm – 'Cell Biology' laboratory session
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.