Biosciences and medicine preparation
Welcome to the University of Surrey preparation information for the School of Biosciences and Medicine.
My advice on starting university
One of our programme leads interviewed three current students who had just finished their Foundation Year in the School – they discussed advice around starting studying within the School of Biosciences and Medicine.
The Professional Training Year
You may (or not) be expecting to spend your third year out of university on our ‘Professional Training Year’ (or PTY) – you can change this right up until the summer before the placement so no need to worry now if you are not sure. We thought, though, that you might like to hear from a selection of students that have completed a PTY, so do watch these ‘my placement story’ videos.
Degree specific content
All the School’s programmes have been accredited or endorsed by a professional, statutory or regulatory body (PSRB) to ensure the alignment of your learning with professional skills and standards required by your prospective employers. We have provided links to each of these below. You may like to look at these in order to understand a little more about the relevance of your course to some of your potential career options.
Purchasing textbooks and digital books
Whilst you will gain access to reading lists for each module that you will study, we recommend that you wait until you arrive at the University before purchasing any of these. You will gain digital access to five or six important textbooks through our virtual learning environment (SurreyLearn) which are important to several modules – the list of these will be released shortly. Those provided digitally to all programmes for the last three years are as follows:
- Nelson, D. L. (David L. et al. (2017) Lehninger principles of biochemistry
- Alberts, B. et al. (2015) Molecular biology of the cell
- Tortora, G. J. & Derrickson, B. (2015) Principles of anatomy and physiology
- Tortora, G. J. et al. (2016) Microbiology: an introduction.
Of course, some students prefer to have hard copies of these and will, therefore, still want to purchase them, however, we would still recommend that you wait until you arrive to decide which ones to buy – some module leads will describe the pros of the recommended books and which ones are best suited for the modules, in addition, several of these will be available through the University library. In the meantime have a look at some of the topical reading and videos suggested by the programme teams.
- A typical weeks’ timetable for a food science and nutrition student
- Your PSRB: The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST)
- The IFST has some great lectures that could be useful to view
- One of our Teaching Fellow’s has created a food science blog and posts regularly on Instagram.
Here are some useful links on:
- Becoming a nutritionist
- 'What is a healthy diet' video from BNF
- The British Nutrition Foundation
- The Nutrition Society has interesting information and videos of topical research, for example, microbiome and ultraprocessed foods.
- An introductory video on the Nutrition Society
- A BMJ article on the history of modern nutrition science.
- A typical weeks’ timetable for a nutrition and dietetics student
- Your PSRBs: The British Dietetic Association (BDA) and The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Further suggestions of other societies and journals where you can read up to date articles on topics and research related to Nutrition and Dietetics:
- Complete Nutrition (register for free access)
- British Nutrition Foundation
- British Association Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN).
- A typical weeks’ timetable for a sport and exercise science student
- A taster lecture by Dr Andrew Hulton, University of Surrey
- Your PSRBs: British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) and The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA)
- A recording of ‘CIMSPA Pathway Explained’ by Dr Harry Roberts, University of Surrey.
Topical news and journal articles in Sport and Exercise Science which you may find interesting to read before you join us:
- A guide to careers in Sport and Exercise Science (PDF)
- Swifter, higher, stronger: What’s on the menu? (PDF)
- The Limits of Exercise Physiology: From Performance to Health (PDF)
- Exercise: the miracle cure and the role of the doctor in promoting it (PDF).
Videos and podcasts on what sport and exercise science is:
- A typical weeks’ timetable for a veterinary biosciences student
- Your PSRB: The Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
- The British Society of Animal Science.
We would encourage you to become a student member of either or both of these.