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The University of Nottingham 4.1 / 1236 reviews
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in terms of structure, German Studies is laid out so that you have a compulsory language module which consists of two seminars and one tutorial every week- the tutorial is focused on grammar whereas the seminars are for language. You then get to choose optional modules such as German Literature, Translation Studies, German History etc. (So a broad range of topics). However in the first year there are no oral classes (although you are encouraged to speak German in the seminars) which was a drawback for me as speaking is my weakest point. 90% of the lectures are interesting (you'll always get one or two you that are positively dull), but I would suggest that if you know you do better in exams (or in coursework) to read each module description and see how they're assessed. e.g. I prefer coursework, so whilst I have four essays to write, I have very few exams which I prefer. Nothing is very complex and you can always ask for help, and I would also recommend doing the reading that is set, you can get away without doing it but certainly do for any core modules as you may need it in the future. The exams are relatively straightforward, in regards to language you have an exam much like the A Level one, with a grammar section, a comprehension and an essay, you do not have an oral exam until the summer term. The first year is slightly more structured than the second, as they are trying to get everyone to the same level of German (reasonably) but in second year you have much more freedom to choose modules you think you'll enjoy- or are related to what you want to do (if you have any idea!) such as Literary Translation, especially as these interests can shape what you do on your year abroad. In regards to that, you have a compulsory year in German as with any language degree, and you can choose to work, teach or study. In terms of classes, it is one of the smaller degrees- certainly compared to science subjects- so most lectures aren't in lecture theatres but classrooms with not that many people (30-40 max) and seminars are similarly small. You also have the options to start (or continue) learning another language, which I would recommend, or you could choose a module completed unrelated to your degree such as Art History or Psychology if you have a module to fill. Overall I really enjoy German Studies, no degree is perfect but I would certainly recommend it to someone who has done the A Level and is considering pursuing languages in the future.

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Overall, I am currently enjoying my degree. First year is more focused on the technical aspects of design, with two out of six of the modules being more creative, and the remaining four more technical. This then changes in second and third year where you are given more freedom to pursue your own design ideas, with less time focused on academic subjects such as Maths and Mechanics. Despite having good A-level grades in Maths and Physics, the pace of the degree picked up very quickly, particularly in Mechanics. I personally find this module quite challenging and so find I have to dedicate more time to this than to some other modules. Most of the staff I have encountered have been friendly and helpful, particularly my personal tutor, whom you are expected to get to know fairly well during your time at the University.

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The degree includes many optional modules which cover virtually every academic area. The course is extensive and detailed and is taught by professionals in the field who are expert educators. They make lectures, seminars, tutorials, etc. extremely interesting and intriguing. I am always keen on going to lectures and don't like missing a single one since all of them are equally important and fun. Do not be fooled, there is plenty of stuff to do and the work load can put quite a lot of pressure on students but by the end of your studies, your knowledge would have extended into many topics such as your chosen language(s), country’s cultures and history, linguistics and translation. The material used comes from a variety of sources and is overall very well researched. We are tasked with a variety of independent studies such as reading new articles to analysing art pieces in local museums.

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I have found my degree very interesting and I really love the enthusiasm of my lecturers. I can always get additional help either from problem classes or from my tutors office hours which are extremely useful.

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In my opinion, Medicine is a very difficult degree to do, and Nottingham is a hard place to do it at due to it being a very traditional course. I find there are too many lecture hours, and not enough seminars/tutorials/workshops/small group teaching. They also try to cram too much into the first term of first year, making it a very overwhelming start to the degree.

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Although it encourages thought provoking issues around everyday topics, much of what is raised appears to be common sense knowledge and painfully obvious. However the forms of asseessment are all written essays, whether they be coursework or in exam conditions

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As I'm in my first year at the moment, a lot of the courses content is general to all biology students and not especially focused on zoology. However I have heard it gets a lot more focused next year and I'm really looking forward to that. I have one particular module that I really love, and most of the lectures are interesting. Most of my assessments so far have been after practicals, and I feel that this is a good way to assess a students preparedness as an actual scientist. I also like that the relatively high amount of practicals makes the degree feel more involving.

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The course is in depth, with a gradual introduction in first year to facilitate the different levels of education the students have, and with similar modules in common for all Life Sciences students to give the students opportunity to switch onto a different degree if they find that they would like to do something else, say Biology instead of Zoology. First year is not assessed, with only the second and third year (and fourth year for MSci students) going towards your degree.Nottingham is a vibrant city, with an abundance of parks, lakes and green spots, allowing for those who perhaps would like not to study in a big city to feel like they are not doing so, but still having the facilities that would come with.

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It's a really interesting course, starts of as revision of basic science but rapidly begins to develop into a challenging course covering all strains of biotechnology from genomics to agriculture. Very relevant degree in a world where biology and technology are advancing at fast pace.

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My degree is fantastic because it provides introductory modules to all first year English modules, so you really get a taste of everything to see what you like and what you are good at, before you can focus your interests in the second and third year

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