Published: 21 February 2022

A week in the life of a human nutrition postgraduate student

From metabolic nutrition lectures to laboratory-based practicals, discover what a typical week looks like as an MSc Human Nutrition student at Surrey.

How you'll learn

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:

  • Group work such as discussion groups
  • Laboratory-based practicals
  • Lectures
  • Online learning
  • Presentations
  • Tutorials.

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays, laboratory write-ups and reading.

A week in the life

You'll receive approximately 23 contact hours each week.

Alongside your studies, there are also many opportunities for activities in societies and clubs in the evenings, on Wednesday afternoons and at weekends.


  • 9:30am to 11:30am – 'Fundamentals of Human Nutrition' lecture
  • 12 noon to 1pm – 'Fundamentals of Human Nutrition' lecture
  • 2pm to 4pm – 'Fundamentals of Human Nutrition' lecture.


  • 9am to 12 noon – 'Nutritional Evaluation and Assessment' laboratory session
  • 1pm to 2:45pm – 'Nutritional Evaluation and Assessment' laboratory session
  • 3pm to 4:30pm – 'Nutritional Evaluation and Assessment' laboratory session.


  • 10am to 12 noon – 'Metabolic Nutrition' laboratory session.

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


  • 9am to 10:45am – 'Metabolic Nutrition' lecture
  • 2pm to 5pm – 'Metabolic Nutrition' lecture.


  • 9am to 10:30am – 'Nutritional Evaluation and Assessment' lecture
  • 11am to 12:30am – 'Nutritional Evaluation and Assessment' lecture
  • 1:30pm to 3:30pm – 'Nutritional Evaluation and Assessment' lecture.


Learn more about postgraduate study with the School of Biosciences



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.

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