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The University of Birmingham 4.1 / 1496 reviews
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08 23878
Anonymous

Poor teaching standards although some topics are interesting. Little help/advice and very disorganised. Needs to be more structured and enjoyable

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The degree is great because it uses and develops all skills - analytical, essay-writing, mathematical and most importantly, the ability to question things and form a convincing argument. Geography at Birmingham is split into physical (such as rivers, weather and climate and pressure systems) and Human (such as political, development, social, economic and cultural), so the best thing is that it is so varied and encourages a broad, nuanced understanding of the world. Economics compliments these theories of the world with logic and underlying mechanisms of rational behaviour. The teaching is good and there are great facilities. My only improvement would be for alternative modes of examination in some of my modules, as the nature of them enables students to get marks that may not be representative of them or enable them to show their full potential.

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The content of our course is extremely varied. In first year you get the opportunity to participate in all genres of music in different eras, composition and performance. The professors in the music department are among the best in their fields. It is a privilege to be able to work alongside such renowned scholars. The extra-curricular music timetable includes ensembles for everyone from auditioned choirs and orchestras, to jazz and Gamelan ensembles. There is the opportunity to try new things, with Alexander technique classes and mindfulness tutorials. Although performance is not the focus in first year, you can specialise in this in second and third year. It is important to bear it mind that it isn't a conservatoire, so if you want to perform a lot, you will not get those opportunities till nearer the end of your degree.

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The course starts of very broad. I personally found first year challenging because we also had a biochemistry module and had to do modules that we were not necessary interested in. However, once in second year and beyond we are able to tailor the course to our interests. There are also opportunities to go on field trips in second year to either Norway or Wales at a really cheap price! Each year we are assessed through exams and some in course tests, usually following a lab practical. We also have to complete essays each year on a topic chosen by you and your tutor. It must be noted that tutors are assigned around 5 students at a time and you have them throughout your degree to notify them of everything from academic things to personal situations. They are your first call if you need anything. We are also given a lot of information for internships throughout the holidays. In your third year you can choose to go on a placement year, go on a year abroad, or do a year in a school outside of bioscience which is awesome! I fully enjoyed my degree, it has been the most difficult things I have ever done but also one of the most enjoyable!

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03 23436
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This was my favourite module as it really allowed me to develop my understanding of our world and the problems we're currently facing in it.

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06 25659
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This module is by no means easy but the two lecturers who taught the module were incredible. All hand outs were clear and ideas were well defined with plenty of examples to gain a better understanding of the content. They both clearly loved their subject and that enthusiasm was infectious and created a great environment for learning.

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03 22135
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The content of this particular modulet is split into two - theory and application with the former in your first semester (with an essay worth 20%) and the latter in your second (with an essay worth 20%) and a joint examinatiom (worth 60%) in the summer.

It's an optional module and the professors on it are smart and know how to give lectures and communicate concepts well.

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Content of this module includes all the basics of econometrics that will allow you to progress in your degree and the world of work. 2 20% class tests allow you to bulk up your marks and give yourself the best chance of the first you desire. The 3 hour exam is straightforward and easily completed with sufficient revision.

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06 13520
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This module is taught by one of the most passionate lecturers in robotics. It has the perfect balance between practical assignments and theoretical exercises. The practical assignments allow the students to program mobile robots and test out algorithms on these modules. Lab practicals are guided by a team of teaching assistants and the final assessment is carried out as an exam. All in all it is a well balanced module, providing the student with excellent knowledge in mobile robots as well as the theories behind it.

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In Medicine, there aren't really modules to choose as everyone needs to know the same content to qualify as a doctor.

The course is split into different areas of the body during first and second year and you will receive teaching in different topics such as anatomy (with extensive teaching in the dissection room), pharmacology, physiology etc. Before you know it you will have learnt about the whole body in a lot of detail!

After that you spend 3rd to 5th year in hospitals learning about different areas of medicine. This is more hands on and is when you learn the more practical side of medicine.

Each year you are examined by multiple choice exams and the pass mark is 50%

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