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Published: 29 March 2021

A week in the life of a chemistry undergraduate

From lectures to laboratory-based practicals and personal tutorials, discover what a typical week looks like as a first-year BSc or MChem chemistry student at Surrey.

How you'll learn

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:

* Group work

* Laboratory-based practicals

* Lectures

* Online learning

* Seminars

* Tutorials

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.

“The lecturers go above and beyond for students. The Department has an open office policy, which enables students to contact teaching staff at any time. This availability and readiness to support students is impressive.”

Deborah Brako-Amoafo, Chemistry BSC

A typical week in your first year

In your first year, you'll receive approximately 28 contact hours each week.

Monday

10-11am – Mathematics, Computing and Statistical Skills – Lecture

11am-12pm – Periodicity and the Reactivity of the Elements – Lecture

12-1pm – Principles of Analytical Chemistry – Lecture

2-4pm – Fundamentals of Forensic Science – Lecture

5-6pm – Mathematics – Lecture

Tuesday

9-10am – Principles of Analytical Chemistry – Pre-Laboratory Instruction

10am-2pm – Principles of Analytical Chemistry – Lab Work

2-5pm – Principles of Analytical Chemistry – Lab Work

Wednesday

9-10am – Principles of Analytical Chemistry – Lecture

10-11am – Chemistry of the Environment – Lecture

Please note, Wednesday afternoons are left free for sporting and other University society activities.

Thursday

9-11am – Chemistry of the Environment – Lecture

11am-12pm – Fundamental Mathematics – Lecture

12-1pm – Periodicity and the Reactivity of the Elements – Lecture

2-3pm – Chemistry of the Environment ­– Lecture

3-4pm – Personal Tutorial

4-6pm – Periodicity and the Reactivity of the Elements –Tutorial

Friday

9am-1pm – Fundamentals of Forensic Science – Practical

Life outside of lectures

We’re a campus university so everything you need is within a five-minute walk, including the Students’ Union building, grocery shopping, wellbeing and support services, the launderette and the medical centre. Students also have access to more than 180 student clubs and societies, with interests ranging from mixed martial arts to mah jong, and poker to politics.

Nearby Surrey Sports Park is a £36m facility, offering state-of-the-art training facilities such as a climbing wall and an Olympic-size swimming pool.

Guildford’s picturesque cobbled high street boasts a wide range of retail and catering outlets, plus an excellent range of pubs and a busy nightlife. The town is also only a 35-minute train journey to London.  

Find out more about undergraduate study in our Department of Chemistry.

Disclaimer: 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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