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The University of Exeter 4.1 / 1897 reviews
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The content and structure of the degree is good. It covers a wide range of topics which would be easily applicable to a variety of future jobs. In statistical modules, I have learnt how to use software such as Stata. Macroeconomics and microeconomics have developed my analytical and problem solving skills and financial modules have enhanced my mathematical prowess.The complexity varies significantly between different modules. Macroeconomics and Statistics and Econometrics were very difficult and the majority of my friends struggled with this. However, this was evened out somewhat by other modules which were significantly easier.Similarly the teaching quality varied greatly. Some lecturers were very good and organised, giving us a vast amount of resources and assistance when needed and posting often on ELE. Others were the complete opposite and were reluctant to give us the necessary material to succeed on ELE.Again with the assessments, there was no consistency. Some assessments were well organised with midterms/coursework followed by a bigger final exam, whereas other assessments were not so well structured or were unfairly more challenging than previous years.Overall I have enjoyed my course and learnt a lot.

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My experience of History at Exeter so far has been mixed. Definite positives include the structure of the course, which comprises modules aimed at improving skills in different areas of academic history. This is certainly very useful in building up knowledge and skills needed for the second and particularly third years of the degree. There are also a large amount of tutors with a wealth of interests and specialisms in the history department, so students can choose from a diverse range of option modules and choose research projects specifically relating to the interests of their supervisors. I have come across some really fantastic tutors, and some very well run modules.

I would say that the course is let down by the inconsistency of its teaching and of the modules. The experience does vary between tutors, and some of the big compulsory modules are not very well coordinated. Expectations and marks in essays do also vary across tutors.

Overall, the history degree is very academic and offers a good degree of challenge, and the modules offered for study can be very engaging.

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International Relations allows students to explore the interconnecting dynamics of interstate politics at a global level. The degree is perfect for those looking to study current events in the news and different societies from a wide variety of angles and directions. The teaching staff at Exeter University are generally excellent and many have a background in the higher levels of governance.

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The teaching structure is sufficient as the lectures help to provide a basic understanding of the topic and seminars do a good job of deepening that knowledge, helping to resolve any doubts or concerns with the content material. Sessions are also provided if you have any questions to ask your lecture, before moving on to the next topic. The content is both challenging and interesting, though I must admit that some modules are more enjoyable than others.

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The content is substantial- we cover comparative politics regarding the EU, study political thought and texts, globalisation and critical thinking. A mixture of exams and essays means work is spread over time well, however there is little guidance on essay writing especially in political thought. Furthermore there is no guidance on whether as masters students we need to meet different requirements to stay on the undergraduate masters course. Also there is no clear understanding on whether you can do a placement year.

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I find the material in my lectures interesting and just about at the right difficulty level, although some modules are definitely easier than others. Stats is starting to get more and more complicated, but I find it really interesting as there is more maths in it which I was missing at the beginning of the year. Most of my lecturers are alright, although one of them tends to go off topic a lot which is a bit annoying when he gets through two slides in a lecture and one of them is the title. For three of my modules there is constant assessment which helps with doing work during the term, not just trying to do everything before exams. Overall I like my course and would reccommend it to anyone with an interest in the subject.

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This course has provided me with so many opportunities both during it and hopefully after I have completed it. There is a large variety of opportunities available to me after my course ends next summer and I think the interdisciplinary nature of the subject provides more opportunities than most. I have also had the chance to go to California during the course which I would say is the highlight so far!

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The aspects of this degree at this university that I enjoyed are: the course content and structure; variety of placements; school's openness to newer forms of education; school's attitude to feedback from students; friendliness and approachability of most staff. Areas that could be improved are: learning resources and lack of detailed feedback for students. We could also do with more contact times with our academic tutors, but not more paperwork! Where the university is seriously deficient is the quality and quanitty of teaching: clearly this needs significantly more input.

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Maths and physics is very good, but very intense , it requires very good knowledge of mathematics for the physics in particular.I found in the first year I was given less maths to do than physics which is not exactly what I wanted, but I was able to choose more maths modules for my second year so that is helpful.The lecturers are very competent and most are very enthusiastic about the subject they teach, which is very helpful for trying to learn

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The first two years of the course seems a bit pointless since I didn't actually learn a lot. However, that may be because I didn't put enough effort in to the course. Whereas, my final year was far better and more applied. Therefore, I could actually transfer the knowledge I obtained in to real life situations like, the 2008 financial crisis. Most of my course was exams based so I do not really know what I was like to have coursework or any other form of assessment.

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