Published: 25 January 2021

A week in the life of a nutrition student

From food science lectures to laboratory-based practicals, discover what a typical week looks like as a first-year BSc (Hons) Nutrition student at Surrey.

How you'll learn

Your teaching throughout the course will be delivered through a combination of:

  • Group work (e.g. discussion groups)
  • Laboratory-based practicals
  • Lectures
  • Online learning
  • Role plays
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials.

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

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

"My course is fascinating and great fun, with varied teaching through lectures, practicals and group work."
Rebecca Smethurst, BSc (Hons) Nutrition

A typical week in Semester 1 of your first year

In your first year, you'll receive approximately 15 contact hours each week.


  • 9am to 11am – 'Food Science and Nutrition' lecture
  • 2pm to 3pm – Tutorial
  • 4pm to 6pm – 'Biochemistry: The Many Molecules of Life' lecture


  • 9am to 10am – 'Microbiology: An Introduction to the Microbial World' lecture
  • 10am to 12pm – 'Microbiology: An Introduction to the Microbial World' laboratory session


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


  • 9am to 11am – 'Cell Biology' lecture
  • 12pm to 1pm – 'Microbiology: An Introduction to the Microbial World' lecture
  • 2pm to 3pm – 'Biochemistry: The Many Molecules of Life' lecture


  • 9am to 10am – 'Cell Biology' lecture
  • 11am to 1pm – 'Food Science and Nutrition' lecture

Find out more about our 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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