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The University of Cambridge 4.3 / 50 reviews
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The way medicine is taught at Cambridge is very science based and can feel quite pressured during the first two years (sometimes there was so much detail it felt overwhelming) but you get the chance to really delve into subjects you love. It's been really good for teaching me time management under a heavy work load and encourages reflection on all patient contact. I really enjoy having an intercalated year, which is built in to the degree (hence 6 years) and the support from lecturers, supervisors and tutors has been incredible. Dealing with statistics for my project during third year was initially really difficult, having never been taught much more than A-level maths statistics but they have staff willing to spend the time with you to sort out any problems you have and teach you the necessary skills. Being able to do dissection in first year was a rare opportunity and made a huge impression. The libraries are really well stocked and resources for practicals are great. The pastoral support is also really good and there is also plenty of financial help if needed. All in all a really good course and I'm glad to be taking it.

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Great subject low employability. Students receive feedback through tutoring and supervisions.  The department is in the centre of town.  Great opportunities to work in archaeogenetics, soil studies and archaeozoology.

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academically challenging and scientifically rigorous. all medical degrees meet standards but cambridge also prepares well for later professional examinations. heavy science base may suit or deter people. traditional set up but new modernisation of clinical curriculum emphasises role of junior doctors.

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Great degree, did it as part of my Clinical Medicine Undergraduate degree. Really well organised with some of the best scientists and physicians in the world. Supervisions are great small group teaching, where you are really pushed to work and learn things in detail, which will bode well for the future. It covers great depth in various specialities, both specific to cell signalling and also general body systems, which makes it particularly interesting.

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I absolutely love the way my course is taught. The teaching works for me so well! I write an essay a week and then get one on one supervision with a professor. This allows me to ask any questions that arose during my reading but also gives me a chance to discuss and debate with an expert in the field. My only disappointment with my degree was that the only paper I could do specifically on women and women's history has been removed from the syllabus which is incredibly frustrating. Aside from this, I absolutely love my course. The flexibility to choose almost any period, in any part of the world has allowed me to study aspects I had never done before, such as the Roman Empire, or do more in-depth study of areas I had touched upon before, like modern america.

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The course is good because the choice of papers is very broad. You may also borrow papers from other subjects, such as history. The workload is pretty heavy as you will be writing around two essays per week. However, the supervisions in which you discuss said essays are very useful.

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HSPS is a fantastic course because of it's breadth. Studying Politics, International Relations, Sociology and Social Anthropology in first year drew all of these bits together under one degree, and I was able to take the concepts I loved further than I did in Year 13, and be taught by people who had devoted their academic lives to the same areas. HSPS is such a unique course and that’s where its beauty lies. Nowhere else can you go from one lecture about the symbolic value of food, to a lecture on Hobbesian political thought, and onto a supervision discussing whether Britain is truly meritocratic.

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Constitutional Law is one of the 8 compulsory papers studied by everyone taking the 3 year law course at Cambridge. The paper focuses on the Separation of Powers, Parliamentary Sovereignty, the Rule of Law, Human Rights and Judicial Review. These are the things that determine the power public bodies have, and so is possibly one of the more political modules in the degree. The Academics in this area, who lecture and 'supervise' the paper are genuinely at the top of their field and are very good teachers. The course content is really interesting, and for those who enjoy it, you can expand on it by studying 'Administrative Law' in your second and third years.

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Cambridge History is known to be one of the best history degrees in the world. It is certainly possible to see how given the intensive work load completed. It is difficult initially but very quickly typing and reading speed increases allowing for greater ease to get through the reading lists given each week. Although some parts of the degree could be made better- its euro-centricism most importantly- the level of detail that is acquired is immense. Exams are completed at the end of each year although first year exams don't count towards anything and second year only counts if you receive a first. The opportunity to debate subjects with specialists, often having read their own books on the subject, is incredible and so useful in the development of convincing arguments. I'm so glad I came here even though there are low points that make me question my decision!

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My degree is really interesting, and the information I am taught is very cutting edge, some of it is even not yet published. I am very lucky to have gained a place at Cambridge, and have survived almost three years, however it has challenged me in more ways than I could have possibly imagined, and it completely changes your life.

Obviously going to university is not a decision to take lightly, and if you are fortunate enough to be offered a place at Cambridge it is almost impossible to turn it down, but it is the most difficult thing I have ever done. It is so stressful, tiring, challenging, and at times, feels impossible.

People think Cambridge is just full of snooty, private-schooled, rich kids. Sure, there are some of those, but every university has them. I come from a very small town, went to a less-than-average comprehensive school, and somehow got in to Cambridge. I would do it again given the chance, but many of my friends say they wouldn't do it again. It breaks people, and at times you feel very alone and unworthy of being there, but the friends I have made will stay with me for life, and get me through it.

Overall I would recommend Cambridge, but warn people that they can never be ready for how difficult it is, so always remember, you got in, so you deserve to be there.

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