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The University of Edinburgh 4.0 / 115 reviews
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I enjoy my degree a lot. I think it's a lot of work but it's all useful in learning skills. The content of the courses are quite Eurocentric in first year - overwhelmingly so. Lots of powerful white men. But as you get older there's more control over learning what you want to learn. It's amazing studying history in such a beautiful city too.

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First year of uni lets you settle in with the uni life. Even if you have no programming experience, you should manage to get through relatively easily. The first two years should be enjoyed as much as possible since it is only from third year on that your exam performance actually contributes to your final degree grade. Cognitive Science, Software Engineering and Computer Science majors share most of their core courses throughout the first two years. They teach you calculus, linear algebra, probability and discrete maths so anyone not feeling good with mathematical thinking should either rethink their choice when applying for this course, or grit your teeth and bear it as later on you can choose to do something that has very little to do with computations like this. Still, these are quite fundamental areas of maths that can prove useful later on during your studies. Starting from third year, you get to choose your specialisation which means you can choose from a variety of areas like machine learning, natural language processing, robotics, networks, compilers, etc. The additional management modules introduce you to some foundations of business, marketing, HR management and accounting. Overall, I feel I made a good decision by choosing this course and I can truly recommend it even to coding newbies as myself before uni.

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I really enjoy my degree because studying joint honours has given me the opportunity to take a wide range of subjects, within the two disciplines. The philosophy department at Edinburgh offers a huge variety of courses, from more mathematical modules such as logic, to modules addressing issues which we encounter in real life, such as ethics. In addition, studying a foreign language along side this has allowed me to benefit hugely from a year abroad, both academically and personally.

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I have now completed my third year in this course, and it has been proven both challenging and rewarding. In the first two years, flexible course choices let you explore different fields, while the last two years give you the chance to specialise in your area of interest. Teachers in the Linguistics department are friendly world-leading experts.

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My first semester core class was excellent. A wide range of general sustainable development issues were discussed, with a final few lectures by Neil Thin giving the positive side of the story. The only exception to this would be one lecturer on the course who was extremely difficult to understand and consequently quite boring. Thankfully you won't be tested on her topic. The second semester course was too simplistic and it is difficult to see the point of it at the time. However, it is a good one for easily getting a good mark since there is no exam and by attending every tutorial you can earn 10% of your grade. 

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The Senior Honours Project has been one of the highlights of my degree programme. It was a Musical Acoustics project on pipe organs, and it showed me the diversity of applications of Physics. I thoroughly enjoyed the experimental part of the project and my enthusiasm was visible to anyone who would listen to me talk about it!

We were required to write a report and create a poster for the assessment of the project, both of which I also greatly enjoyed. It gave an insight into the process behind published papers, with a topic that I was keen to learn more about.

The two supervisors I had were very helpful and encouraging, and were genuinely interested in the results I produced.

Overall it was a great experience in experimental work in an area of Physics I had not previously considered.

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The course is led and taught by experts in the field and we have the opportunity to speak to and work with researchers who specialise in different areas of Neuroscience. This is extremely beneficial, however detailed and on-time feedback in the course for in-course assessments and exams is sometimes lacking.

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CHEM08016
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The course focused on Chemistry was overall great. The teaching was very good, although some of the professor may try to be more interactive when teaching the material. The material itself is challenging, but interesting and not too difficult. There is support from the staff when struggling, addittional revision sessions and online materials to help with difficult topics. The staff is knowledgeable and approachable.

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MATH10011
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Students required to submit a report as assessment every fortnight, no exams. Trained to excel in the software R to generate an overview of statistical data. Stressful to complete reports at the time. However, it's well worth it and R is a useful skill for future jobs.

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NEBM10005
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This is a useful course module and the lecture material is not examinable. However, the in-course assessments that count towards students' final grades are perhaps irrelevant to the degree as a whole. For example, one piece of coursework is to write a Press Release, which is not something that Research Neuroscientists will have to do in their careers.

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