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The University of Oxford 4.3 / 322 reviews
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At first it's okay, but the pace and difficulty really does pick up, so much so that you need to eventually keep asking for help. There are 2 problem sheets a week to do as well as lab prep. Lectures do not get filmed so you either go or skip them. Personally I barely understand them so I skip lectures. So far it is very maths heavy but there is some interesting stuff like materials. There is plenty of time to socialise and do sports and societies but not that much time. There is probably enough for 3 college sports and a society at a push, but it really isn't as bad as it seems. There are weekly labs which are really fun. Mech which is building stuff, drawing which is computer 3D graphics as well as actual drawing, matlab which is programming and electronics. Tutorials are just amazing, if you don't understand stuff the tutors help so so so much. Lectures can be good, some bad

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My degree is an extremely good one, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in languages, especially if interested in trying to study a harder, less common language. The teaching at Oxford is excellent, and I, only in my second year, am already on my year abroad. This is compulsory because of the emphasis my university places on fluency. The only thing I would warn about for anyone considering languages at university is checking the language vs. literature content, as this can really alter your enjoyment of the degree.

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The workload is heavy, but manageable if you prioritise correctly - I felt I had enough support and wiggle room from tutors when I was unable to meet deadlines due to personal problems or poor time management. The course in general encourages a lot of independent learning, but this helps students to learn to take initiative and manage time effectively, as well as allowing them to spend more time on areas which particularly interest them.The course content is incredibly diverse, and allows for a lot of a freedom to choose areas that interest you, although is largely limited to literature. If you don't want to study literature, then this course is not for you. The first year Prelims course provides a useful introduction to the topics, although in both French and German there is a distinct lack of diversity, both in terms of gender and race.The quality of teaching has been excellent so far - all the staff I have encountered have been engaging and passionate about their fields, as well as often being experts in them.

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If you are someone who learns best from conversation and personal study, this course is ideal. It gives you a strong big picture view of literature throughout the history of Britain and teaches you how to approach texts with a view to their historical and cultural context. However, the course deals almost exclusively with British texts written in English and after your first year and in all your final assessments you have little opportunity to study texts written after 1830 (so if you're big on modern American fiction, you might want to look elsewhere!)

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I love this course. It's four years long, very language heavy but rewarding. The only exams which count towards the overall mark are final. There are other exams midway through the second year. You don't need to have prior experience of Latin and Greek. You will have to write 1-2 essays per week during the 8 week term, so it is a very heavy workload.

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I get the sense that the course is poorly structured and rather outdated. Essays are never marked in a constructive way and our degree ranks are skewed far too much toward a few days of exams in rapid succession, which makes them inordinately stressful and likely not very representative of your true potential. The inability to specialise in a meaningful way until your final year is also frustrating. That being said, third year is significantly better than the prior ones, and dissertation work is interesting and satisfying.

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My degree is hugely relevant in the modern world. It explores aspects of how people are led into religion as well as investigates why people act in the name of faith, looking at the very heart of what they believe.

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content is wide-ranging and fascinating, and the course structure gives you a lot of individual choice from early on in the course. The teaching is of high quality but relatively sparse, and lectures are few and far between. Have really enjoyed it though.

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Studying is very independent and sometimes quite lonely. For the fees you pay you get very little contact time (for most modules one one hour tutorial a week, for others perhaps an additional class of 12). The lectures can be very hit and miss in terms of utility. I felt there was not enough time to properly understand a historical period on an eight week term, nor do I think it possible to produce high quality essays when you are expected to produce two a week. There is a huge emphasis on independent study. Contact with tutors could be amazingly helpful and stimulating and it was a privilege to be taught directly by them. However, if could also be frustrating as some were set in traditional ways of thinking. The syllabus is currently being reformed but was very white western and British but did have some exciting options such as 1970-2000 neoliberalism and postmodernism.Assessment is poor. You study for two years, submit a thesis and an extended essay in your third year and then sit everything else you have studied as final exams which is stressful and leads many to think as second year as a doss year.Marking is incredibly subjective - which is true of most arts degrees.I wasn't taught often with people from my college which meant we didn't bond as much as other subjects which was a shame. instead we were taught out of college

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Great employment opportunity. A year of novel research is part of the course. However it is challenging are at times not particularly well structured. If you fall behind, you will stay behind.

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