Biosciences and medicine preparation

Biosciences students

Welcome to the School of Biosciences and Medicine.

What to expect

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.

Watch the video

What we recommend

Whichever course you have chosen, there are few things we recommend you do before starting your exciting journey.

1. Textbooks and digital books

We recommend that you wait until you arrive at the University before purchasing any of textbooks. 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:

  1. Nelson, D. L. (David L. et al. (2017) Lehninger principles of biochemistry
  2. Alberts, B. et al. (2015) Molecular biology of the cell
  3. Tortora, G. J. & Derrickson, B. (2015) Principles of anatomy and physiology
  4. 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.

2. Discover more about your course

Explore course-specific information, including how the accreditation or endorsement by a professional, statutory or regulatory body (PSRB) ensures the your learning is aligned with professional skills and standards required by your prospective employers.

Here are some useful links on:

Further suggestions of other societies and journals where you can read up to date articles on topics and research related to Nutrition and Dietetics:

Topical news and journal articles which you may find interesting to read before you join us:

Videos and podcasts on what sport and exercise science is:

We would encourage you to become a student member of either or both of these.

3. Explore placement opportunities

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 placement. View their videos below.

Surrey Sports Park gym
Sport and Exercise Science
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) students, Adam, George, Josh, Kagan and Sarah, share their placement stories, including their roles, responsibilities and personal highlights.
A biosciences student writing notes during experiment
Food Science and Nutrition
Food Science and Nutrition BSc (Hons) students, Alex, Katie, and Roisin, share their Professional Training placement stories, including their roles, responsibilities, and personal highlights.
Stag statue on the Stag Hill campus
Veterinary Biosciences
Jade Passey talks about her decision to do a placement year in the US at the Vet School at North Carolina State University as part of her Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons) degree.