Student profile
Harriet Hicks

Harriet Hicks

"I chose to come to Surrey because of the brilliant research facilities and significant job prospects for graduates."


Biochemistry BSc (Hons)

Why I chose Surrey

I chose to come to Surrey because it had a strong life sciences faculty, brilliant research facilities and significant job prospects for graduates. I attended an applicant day after already applying. I was really impressed by the research facilities, particularly the Sleep Research Centre, and fell in love with the location. The league tables weren’t as important to me, although the university was in the top 20 at the time, as I wanted to choose the university which I felt would be best for me and my future. Also, it was nice that Surrey was local - I live in London and there are great transport links home.

My course

I originally started on the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science course but swapped to the BSc (Hons) Biochemistry course as the modules suited me better. 

I love the balance of coursework and written examinations. I am very coursework minded, and so this set up really gives me a confidence boost. I also like the practical elements of some modules. Wet lab experience gives you an advantage over other applicants when applying for jobs.

The staff on my course are great! Very nice, and easy to talk to, particularly if you need help understanding a certain concept. They encourage asking questions and want to help us help ourselves.

My career and development 

Since starting at Surrey I’ve improved significantly in my presentation skills, can now think more critically, and I have a better idea of what I want to do with my future. I've definitely grown up (I’ve even started carrying pens in my shirt pocket!) and feel more prepared for life.

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