Published: 29 March 2021

A week in the life of a computer science undergraduate

From lectures to laboratory-based practicals and personal tutorials, discover what a typical week looks like as a first-year BSc computer science 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.

A typical week in your first year

In your first year, you'll receive approximately 20 contact hours each week.


  • 11am -1pm – Web and database systems lecture
  • 1pm - 2pm – Programming fundamentals lecture.


  • 10am -11am – Foundations of computing lab work
  • 11am - 1pm – Personal tutorial
  • 2pm - 4pm – Programming fundamentals lab work.


  • 10am - 12 noon – Web and database systems lab work.

Please note, Wednesday afternoons are left free for sporting and university society activities. Computer science students may wish to join ComSoc and HackSurrey, which organise hackathons and social events throughout the year.


  • 9am - 11am – Web and database systems lab work
  • 1pm - 3pm – Computer logic lecture
  • 4pm - 6pm – Computer logic lab work.


  • 9am -10am – Programming fundamentals tutorials
  • 1pm - 2pm – Foundations of computing lecture
  • 2pm - 4pm – Programming fundamentals lecture
  • 4pm - 5pm – Foundations of computing tutorial.

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 Computer Science.

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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