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Published: 29 March 2021

A week in the life of a physics undergraduate

From lectures to laboratory-based practicals and personal tutorials, discover what a typical week looks like as a first-year BSc or MPhys physics student at Surrey.

How you'll learn

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:

  • Computer programming classes
  • Group work
  • Laboratory-based practicals
  • Lectures
  • Online learning
  • Seminars
  • 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 in your first year

In your first year, you'll receive approximately 22 contact hours each week.

Monday

  • 9am - 1pm – Scientific Investigation Skills – Laboratory practical
  • 2pm - 4pm – Fundamentals of Physics – Lecture
  • 4pm - 5pm – Essential Mathematics – Lecture
  • 5pm - 6pm – Essential Mathematics – Computer programming.

Tuesday

  • 11am - 1pm – Scientific Investigation Skills – Lecture
  • 2pm - 3pm – Oscillations and Waves – Lecture
  • 3pm - 5pm – Fundamentals of Physics – Lecture with class tutorial
  • 5pm - 6pm – Oscillations and Waves – Class tutorial.

Wednesday

  • 10am - 12 noon – Scientific Investigation Skills – Lecture
  • 12 noon - 1pm – Head of Department – Drop-in session.

Please note, Wednesday afternoons are left free for sporting and other University society activities, such as PhySoc.

Thursday

  • 11am - 1pm – Scientific Investigation Skills – Lecture
  • 2pm - 3pm – Oscillations and Waves – Lecture
  • 5pm - 6pm – Essential Mathematics – Computer programming.

Friday

  • 10am - 11am – Small Group Problem Solving – Tutorial
  • 2pm - 3pm – Essential Maths – Lecture
  • 3pm - 4pm – Oscillations and Waves – Lecture.

Find out more about undergraduate study in our Department of Physics.

Disclaimer: 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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