A typical first year science timetable

In first year, your 40 credit subjects will typically require attendance for roughly five to seven hours per week. Attendance will be made up of lectures, laboratories and, maybe, workshops or tutorials. Your personal timetable will be available to you in ‘MyCampus’ once you select courses.

Lectures Each subject usually has between 3 and 5 one-hour lectures per week.
Laboratories You can expect to attend one 3-hour practical class every week for most subjects.
Workshops As an alternative (or in addition) to laboratories, some subjects require attendance at workshops, usually one hour
Tutorials In some subjects there will normally be one 1-hour tutorial per week. Tutorials provide an opportunity for you to meet in smaller groups (up to ten or twelve) with a member of staff.

This means that you will have specific commitments for approximately 20 hours every week. In order to keep up with your work it is extremely important that you attend all of your lectures, laboratories and tutorials. The remaining time is NOT entirely free. You should aim to spend a further 15 to 20 hours or so in private study – six hours per subject. When you are not in a scheduled class, you are likely to be undertaking private study to go over lecture notes, read the course textbook, or to prepare assignments which will be handed in and will often contribute to your final grade for the particular course. Coursework can account for as much as 50% of the final assessment in some subjects. Treat your studies as you would paid employment and aim to 'work' a 35-40 hour week.

Lecture and lab hours for all level-1 science subjects are included in the details of class selection. When you select courses in ‘MyCampus’ you will then select lectures and laboratories. Try to select all your lectures in the morning and labs in the afternoon – or vice versa.

Within Science, we make every effort to accommodate your choice of subjects within the timetable. For this reason, and because of the large number of students in some courses, lectures and laboratories may be repeated throughout the day and week to ensure that you are able to attend all essential elements of your three subjects. Not all chemistry students will have a 1000 lecture, for example, since it is repeated at 1500.

In addition to timetabled classes on campus, in some subjects (archaeology, earth science and geography) there may be occasional field trips at weekends.

Please note that some lectures take place at 1700. We regard the normal working day as 0900 to 1800. If you have special requirements that prevent your attendance after 1700, you should ensure you choose class times that give you the flexibility you require. Lectures start at 5 minutes after the hour and stop at 5 minutes to the hour. If you have consecutive lectures, this allows you 10 minutes to get to your next lecture that may be in a different building.