Our undergraduate courses are full-time and on average our students spend around 40 hours a week studying. Every student will manage their time differently, making sure they can fit in all their studies, hobbies and interests. Learning how to manage your time here is an important life skill.

During a typical week as an undergraduate, you may have tutorials, classes or seminars, including lab work or language sessions, lectures and independent study.


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Classes and Lectures

Classes vary from course to course. In addition to lectures, many courses have classes or practical sessions or both each week, focusing on specific areas of your course, developing your language or other skills. They may or may not be compulsory, and how many there are typically varies depending on the stage in your degree.


Tutorials are an in-depth conversation about your subject with your tutor and perhaps one to three other students where you’ll receive feedback on your work. Students usually have one or two tutorials every week, normally for an hour.


Independent study

As an undergraduate, you’re expected to carry out independent study, and lectures support that by covering important topics relating to your course, organised by your subject department. The number you have to attend varies depending on the course you’re taking and what stage you are at.

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Personal and educational support

Going to University and moving away from home is an amazing experience, but it can be scary. We're here to help you through that transition. Find out about the personal and educational support we offer in the Student Life section.

Financial support

Going to University is expensive but we want to make sure that all our students have the support they need. We have an extensive range of funds and bursaries that we can allocate to students as well as several prizes to be won each year for academic excellence.

Financial support


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It's not all about work

Outside of your studies, there are many activities, clubs, and societies for you to enjoy, including football, netball, drama, poetry, and dance. Find out more about what’s on offer in the Student Life section.