Published: 20 April 2021

A week in the life of a media and communication student

From learning about contemporary issues in media to exploring popular culture in mediated societies, discover what a typical week looks like as a first-year BSc (Hons) Media and Communication student at Surrey.

Students in discussion

How you'll learn

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:

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

We spoke to Media and Communication BSc (Hons) student, Ivet Ivanova, to find out what a typical week looks like for her:

Monday - I don’t have any classes, but I still try to wake up early and get some work done. When I have assignments due the following week, I spend most of the day working on them, so I don’t have to leave anything to the last minute.

8am to 10am – Chores: meal prep for the next couple of days, doing the laundry

11am to 4pm – Grabbing a cup of coffee on the way to the Library, spending a couple of hours working on upcoming assignment

4pm to 5pm – Grocery shopping before going home

6pm to 7.30pm – Group study with a friend via FaceTime


11am to 12pm – 'Contemporary Issues in Media & Communication' online seminar

12pm to 1pm – Rewrite notes, scan them and upload them

1pm to 2 pm – Lunch and free time

2pm to 3pm - 'Popular Culture in Mediated Societies' online seminar

3pm to 4pm – Rewrite notes, scan and upload them

4pm to 5pm – Work on my assignment


11am to 12.30pm – 'Contemporary Issues in Media and Communication' lecture and seminar preparation

2pm to 4pm – Global Graduate Award Spanish class

4.30pm to 5.30pm – Work on my assignment


10am to 11am – 'Communicating Difference in Visual Representation' online seminar

11am to 12pm – Rewrite notes, scan and upload them

12pm to 1.30pm - 'Popular Culture in Mediated Societies' lecture and seminar preparation

1.30pm to 2pm – Lunch break

2pm to 3.30pm – Communicating Difference in Visual Representation lecture and seminar preparation


12pm to 1 pm – 'Measuring the Social World' online lab

1pm to 2pm – Rewrite notes, scan and upload them

2pm to 2.30pm – Lunch and free time

2.30pm to 4pm – 'Measuring the Social World' lecture and lab preparation

4.30pm to 5.30pm – Final touches on my assignment


"One of the things I love the most about studying media is that I get to be creative when it comes to assignments - we get to do all sorts of projects, from writing essays to creating blog articles, portfolios and presentations. The different formats that we have to present allow us to think critically, but also to have fun in the process."

Ivet Ivanova, BSc (Hons) Media and Communication student



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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