Published: 18 February 2021

A week in the life of an environmental psychology student

From academic research training to discussing key questions in environmental psychology, discover what a typical week looks like as an MSc Environmental Psychology student at Surrey.

How you'll learn

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:

  • Case studies
  • Group work (e.g. discussion groups)
  • Lectures
  • Online learning
  • Seminars
  • Workshops.

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, place analyses 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 enjoy the challenges we face while trying to tackle the exercises and assignments."
Sadhana Jagannath, MSc Environmental Psychology

A typical week

You'll receive approximately 9 contact hours each week.


  • 11am to 1pm – ‘Academic Research Training’ lecture and workshop
  • 1pm to 2 pm – Lunchtime research group seminars (optional)
  • 2pm to 4pm – ‘Qualitative Research Methods’ lecture
  • 4pm to 6pm – ‘Qualitative Research Methods’ workshop


  • 9am – 11am – ‘Key Questions in Environmental Psychology’ lectures and workshops
  • 11am to 1pm – ‘Social Change and Influence’ lectures and workshops
  • 1pm to 2pm – ‘Dissertation’ support


  • 9am to 12pm – Independent study

Please note, Wednesday afternoons are left free for sporting activities.


  • 9am to 5pm – Independent study


  • 9am to 5pm – Independent study

Find out more about our MSc Environmental Psychology 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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