Published: 15 January 2021

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:

  • Fieldwork
  • Group work (e.g. discussion groups and presentations)
  • Laboratory-based practicals
  • Lectures
  • Online learning
  • Role plays
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials.

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

Find out more about our biological sciences 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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