Published: 03 March 2021

A week in the life of a human nutrition 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 (e.g. 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.

We’ve also introduced hybrid learning, a mix of online and face-to-face sessions, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"I’ve enjoyed applying my learning to a series of real-life case studies, which I know will be useful for future employment in the field."
Princess Chukwu, MSc Human Nutrition

A typical week

You'll receive approximately 23 contact hours each week.


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


  • 9am to 12pm – '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 12pm – 'Metabolic Nutrition' laboratory session

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


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

Find out more about our MSc Human Nutrition 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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