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University of Durham 4.1 / 307 reviews
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Anonymous
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The course has a good well thought out structure. There is quite a high number of contact hours per week and a reasonable amount of work involved. I enjoy the course and would highly recommend to anyone thinking of engineering, whether that be general or specific discipline.

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I am currently a first year MEng General Engineering student at Durham University. I would say that I find the course challenging and demanding, but also very rewarding and not overwhelming. With this course, what you get out is very much what you put in: first years only need to get 50% to pass and progress to year 2 of the MEng degree, and if that is all you are looking for then it is easily achievable. However, with most bursaries that can be applied for looking for a 2:1 projected grade or above, and internships looking for similar grades from applicants, pushing yourself a little bit can prove to pay off very nicely, however it is still very much possible to enjoy an active social life while achieving on this course.My only criticism would be that perhaps support from tutors could be made more available, but it is there for those who seek it outOverall I am pleased with the course, I feel I made the right choice!

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There are a wide range of courses available once you have completed the standard first year modules and this provides a chance to study areas of Maths that you are actually interested in. Overall I think the degree is very good, but one area that could be improved is making resources easily available to students outside of lectures.

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Doing this degree at Durham University, one feels as though they are paying for the 'name' of the university rather than the degree itself. Economics at Durham is pretty poorly taught, with many of the lecturers and a majority of the seminar leaders difficult to understand due to their foreign accents, with obvious ramifications for quality of teaching. There is a lack of opportunities for assessment and feedback throughout the year, and the University Library, while extensive in its range of texts, fails to stock anywhere near enough copies of core textbooks to meet student demand. Overall I have been very disappointed with the Economics part of my degree. Politics, on the other hand, is much more interesting, with students feeling much more engaged with the course and the staff far more enthusiastic about encouraging learning. I have been very impressed with the Politics department at Durham.

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The course at Durham is certainly challenging. Lab work plays a significant role (up to 14 hours a week) and lab reports become more and more frequent each year. You are given more choice on lecture courses each year, which allows you to specialise more in your chosen field/masters project.

Teaching mostly involves lectures with some tutorial and workshop time. This becomes less and less each year as study becomes more independent. The workload is certainly intense, but the Durham environment allows you to maintain a work-life balance, with a high rate of participation in extra-curricular activities available. Assessment involves exams at the end of the year, some coursework throughout the year and many lab reports.

The year abroad is undertaken in final year, Where you work towards your masters project. So far, this seems to be a good way of doing things, as you have received maximum guidance from Durham before undertaking your project. The workload is again tough, but good time management allows you to enjoy your year abroad whilst working towards your project in a foreign lab. Working in the lab has allowed me to really integrate with a foreign culture.

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The structure is good and flexible, with a good range of interesting modules to choose from especially on the Political side. Unfortunately it cannot be said to represent anywhere near good value for money, especially in comparison to science subjects, and some of the lecturers in economics are really quite dreadful (and incomprehensible). Nevertheless, the reputation of Durham will mean your degree at least looks good on paper to future employers.

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As a research degree this is the perfect preparation for continuing to a PhD. Since I am a part-time student I am able to have full use of the university facilities combined with the flexibility to fit my research into my full time job. Admittedly this is a struggle and some days you don't feel like doing research but as I have full support from the university I feel that I am able to still pursue my education while holding a full time job which is needed for financial reasons.

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GEOG3461
Anonymous

This module is taught very well, exploring a range of river processes in great detail. The module incorporates a field trip which the written assessment is based on. There is a good weighting between exams and coursework for this module

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ECON1011
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This was by far the most enjoyable module. The staff was incredibly supportive throughout and the exam format was fair.

The additional workshops provided in later terms were extremely useful during exams.

The content provided was clear and instructive, helping us along in our first years. There was no feeling of intimidation of imposibility, despite the challenge

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Excellent structure of 2-hour seminars every fortnight, with student led presentations. Lively debate always follows, and the format of the lecturer asking in-depth questions about reading we have done encourages students to read more widely than we might for other modules. Module is exciting, and touches on a wide range of current events as well as historical underpinnings.

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