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The University of Birmingham 4.1 / 1467 reviews
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Mathematics is one of the most versatile degree subjects anyone can pursue. The teaching staff as well as all the post-graduate and older students at University of Birmingham are really helpful are always available. I strongly recommend everyone to seriously consider doing Mathematics at university.

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First of all, some modules provide different learning style such as workshops and field trips. Students get the opportunity to have different learning experience apart from lectures. Besides, there are many different ways to reach each lecturer or teacher assistant if students have any questions about the module such as the discussion board, online discussion clinic and emails. Tutors are also available most of the time to answer any questions. Each student also have their own tutor group, each tutor group has their own academic and personal tutor, as well as year tutor, therefore, it is not difficult to seek for help with academic or personal problems. Personally I think that the volume of work is not that heavy and each student are able to handle them. In some modules, some people might find it very hard to catch up, however, you can always seek your lecturer or TAs in your own spare time. Also, I think that the school takes feedback seriously and lecturers always improve or adjust their classes according to student's feedback, therefore, I think the content, structure and complexity of each module was well adjusted to suit our fellow students. Overall, I find my learning experience in the University of Birmingham quite enjoyable.

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Economics is a great course, first year so far has included a content of A-Level content making it easy to catch on. There are a lot of options for modules and the seminar tutors are great and supportive. At Birmingham we have to do a widening horizons module and I have chosen Philosophy which is very interesting and has expanded my thinking massively.

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The course 'Money, Banking & Finance' did not seem like what I imagined it to be when I first embarked on the course in 2015. I imagined it to do modules related to banking, but the majority of my modules were economics based such as economics, micro, macro and econometrics.The other module was accountancy-based such as Principles of Accounting. The only two finance related modules I have had so far were 'Introduction to Finance' and 'Corporate Financial Management' - which was what I initially expected to be heavily involved in, but it was only taught for 1 semester in different years. I felt that the contents were being compressed and the finance module was pretty rushed.Overall, I feel that the content of this course is really broad and heavy as we are gaining more exposure to modules from different faculties (mainly economics, accountancy and finance) as compared to those taking pure economics or pure accounting or accounting & finance courses.Hence the number of contact hours is high and a lot of self-study is being demanded from us.There were really good and not so good lectures. The lectures which I personally feel was not worth the tuition fees I paid for came from lecturers that were not able to communicate clearly in English and not having to explain the lecture content properly.Seminars should also be more interactive and students should be engaged to work in groups/communicate rather than the tutor talking 90% of the time.

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There is a full range of both online and led seminars available to help starting out on PhD study. This is great as you are able to choose those which you will personally find beneficial. The graduate facilities are excellent with a dedicated hub hosting all manner of cross discipline seminars, workshops and social gatherings. The lack of personal deskspace for those in law is largely overcome by the excellent research space in the new library. Comfy chairs, desks and lockers make it one of my new favourite places on campus.

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The combination of this degree is not found at many universities in the UK, so this is an advantage for University of Birmingham. Overall, the lectures are organised very well, few exceptions at the Business School (in the first year). You will learn several programming languages during these 3 years and marketing, management and economics in the Business Part. Jobs can be found easily after graduation, exams are not very hard, lecturers usually tell students what subjects will they focus on in the exams. There are Computer Science modules that have assignments during the terms, but around 80% of the marks are the exams. The Business modules are either 100% assignment or 25/75 assignment/exam. I strongly recommend this course.

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I'm in 2nd year so my review is only useful for 1st years or people about to head into 2nd. Ancient History in the first year covers several different modules covering general Greek & Roman history, the rise of Barbarian kingdoms and Byzantine empire from 400AD, numerous language and literature courses and (in University of Birmingham anyway) a course on the Mesopotamian kingdoms of Babylon and Assyria. Naturally some of these modules may not interest you, perhaps due to a poor lecture presentation or lack of primary sources, but other modules will and from this you can then pick which modules interest you for 2nd year. Ancient History as a course does not keep you indoors either, there are opportunities to see plays in Cambridge, travel to the British museum in London and for 2nd year there is the Study Tour where you head to Italy or Greece to write a report of your choosing from a list of questions (again I'm not sure if just UoB does this or all unis do, check before you apply). The teaching in first year is done largely in lectures but there are seminar classes for some modules and two project modules for each semester, so you will get plenty of opportunity for discussion with lecturers and peers. In 2nd year this only gets better as lectures begin to get replaced with more seminar orientated sessions. Haven't got to 3rd year yet but it does involve writing a 10,000 word dissertation so anyone who's not keen on essays should keep this in mind, because even before 2nd year there are quite a few essays.

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The degree covers really exciting material and is very practical based. All of the modules have good content and are interesting to study. One module is quite tedious and repetitive, but it is needed. The complexity at the moment is quite low level, I was expecting to be challenged a bit more at the start. We also do not have any seminars, and although we break of from our big lectures into small groups, I would prefer to have constructive and practical seminars. Learning in a big group can be frustrating as students tend to talk during lectures and ask the same questions. The form of assessment is great for me personally, as it is mostly essays with one open book exam in year 2.

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This is full time research course. I have started my course with one one supervisor who is professional and expert in my area of research. I am working on a project about Iran student movement in 1999. To consider this research I had to start from 80 years ago when the university of Tehran established. I did consider about process of up and down of democracy in Iran. For considering this, I divided my research to parts: before and after revolution of Iran. I have also used some documents that I could access to them become the good relationship that I have had with the sources of this unique references. I have also had some good interview with some politicians who have been involved directly in Iran political matters.

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The teaching structure is good, all lecturers have office hours where they are avalible to help explain anything you need them to. Lectures are evenly spread throughout the week with fortnightly seminars for most modules. For examination it is mainly exam based with only a few essays for extra modules. The exams are multiple choice at the start of the year, in the summer examination period exams are written and not multiple choice. There is a separate society for accounting and finance and a business society which both hold events suited for accounting students. The university also have good links with top employers such as pwc who do attend the university to give talks. The degree itself covers a wide range of topics such as management accounting, financial accounting, economics, quantitative methods and macroeconomics. The degree only requires a B at GCSE maths so non-a level maths students are given extra support for the quantitiave methods module, this however does require learning a-level maths

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