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The University of St Andrews 4.4 / 97 reviews
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The chemistry and geology joint honours degree at The University of St Andrews is great for people who love sciences and want a way to keep their degree reasonably broad. I have an interest in Geology and intend currently to have a career in the industry. The chemistry adds a different level of challenge to the course and it is great to be able to keep up both of my favourite disciplines.

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The course for computer science definitely drops you in at the deep end, despite the prospectus mentioning that no previous experience is required. However they still manage to provide a solid foundation for the rest of the course in this first year, and would definitely reccomend it. The physics course in first year greatly mirrors the SQA advanced higher Physics course, but the added depth makes for a much more inspiring learning experience.

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The course has been designed as spiral courses in which each year the content links to each other and is more depth. As the university does not have a teaching hospital we use the 3 years in St. Andrews to consolidate our theory with the chance to practice clinical skills in workshops and work experience. The first semester of year on was mainly introduction to the different areas of medicine and after that it becomes more specific to each body system. This hard to keep up with at the start as it was all over the place and only the surface information. However this is understood to become easier to study as it becomes specific. The university gives the chance to do dissection as part of the consolidation of anatomy. This part is enjoyable as we learn the information first hand and get to practice holding surgical instruments. The university uses a good examination processes with MCQ and SWQ to test our knowledge. In the end of each year there is a OSCE to test the clinical skill we have learnt this year.

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This degree allows for a great depth of insight into both of the two subjects whilst not being too overwhelming at the same time. There is a good mixture of essay writing which allows for me to articulate my thoughts, yet there is also theory based tests and questions to ensure a sound knowledge of the course material. The teaching is predominantly through lectures - where general course material is taught and further course reading is disributed, then there is also a tutorial/seminar each week where small groups of students and a tutor meet to discuss more in depth themes and go over questions.Overall this is a great degree choice as it's extremely interesting and allows me to blend two diverse topics together.

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So far my experience in the philosophy and psychology degree programme has been wonderful.The university understands that the discipline may be entirely new to first year students. Even if students have studied the subject in high school, the method of assessment is undoubtedly different to a certain extent. As a result, professors and tutors have been very kind and understanding, and have always been there to help with any problem students may encounter. Instructions of assignments are clear and easy to follow. For instance, at the beginning of the semester, we were asked to complete online courses to familiarise ourselves with referencing and had to pass a test to prove our ability. Although it seemed annoyingly time-consuming at that time, I realise its indispensability as avoiding plagiarism is immeasurably important in our work.Lecturers in both the psychology and philosophy departments have always attended to the needs of students. Materials used in lectures are made available online for us, and further readings are recommended.

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The quality of the school of English at St. Andrews is excellent, particular in terms of how it fosters creativity and independent thought in analysis. The first two years involve 3 lectures and 1 tutorial a week per module which was useful for giving students a wide variety of base knowledge in different areas of literature. In 3rd and 4th year the degree consists of only one 2 hour seminar per module. Structurally this is useful as it forces students to do their own research and not rely on lecture materials. The type of assessment tends to be 50% coursework and 50% exam, which in my mind is a good balance. One point of criticism is that the coursework dates often clash. It might be more helpful to have a system like they do in Cambridge aka one essay every 2 weeks to avoid this clash.

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The course is very challenging and fast paced. They expect you to learn a lot in a short period of time. Lots of independent study is expected of you with lots of coursework deadlines. At the same time, i wouldn't change my course for anything in the world. Lecturers and tutors are very supportive and so much help is given in terms of contact time, additional support time and useful replies to emails. Employment of graduates is one of the best in the UK for a reason - so many career and course related events. Just last week i had a mock interview with a google representative - its brilliant!

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This degree is amazingly well balanced and the flexibility that I get to chose the modules I want is amazing. Not only is the level high but I can bend the degree exactly to how I want it to be.

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I found the joint degree perfect for me - it allowed me to specialise in subjects that I loved which happened to overlap in both subjects. The teaching was consistently excellent for all four years of doing my degree. The degree was challenging, but it also allowed me to engage in plenty of extracurricular activities outside of academia.

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The department takes a very personal approach to your learning having an open door policy and going on a first name basis. This combined with it being a relatively small school creates a really great learning environment that with the top teaching in the UK they have makes it a really fun and interesting course!On top of the that as it is a Scottish uni the degree is really flexible allowing you to dip into other subjects and choose your own path through the course

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