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The University of Sheffield 4.1 / 1546 reviews
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This degree is a great stepping stone for a future career in politics and other areas. It sets a firm foundation of knowledge, which is broad enough to cover all bases, but specific enough to keep things interesting.

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The degree is a highly stimulating programme, with a wide range of options to provide a varied and fascinating study experience. Whether interested by domestic or foreign politics, contemporary or historical events, the programme has enough choice to keep anybody with a keen interest in politics entertained.

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Studying Politics & International Relations was a very rewarding, but also challenging. The course is designed for people who have little previous knowledge of politics but gets progressively harder as you progress. It has definitely developed my analytical abilities, as well as my critical perception of the world of politics. The degree is mainly assessed through essays and exams, though there is one group work project a year.

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I have really enjoyed my course and my time at University but I often felt that the Literature half of the degree was let down by what I experienced to be tutors who placed less of an emphasis on using all the teaching resources available, such as recording lectures and providing handouts in lectures.

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the content covered within the course is new, interesting and challenging. It develops quickly on content covered in college and due to the structure of the course there is always sufficient opportunity to test your knowledge of the subject, whether it be through handouts in the practicals or through examinations and coursework. The university also offers good support through exam periods.

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The degree is overally good but it sometimes not systematic, especially when it comes to the lab session because the student will have to do the lab first before learning the theory of the project. But in term of lecture , it is a brilliant place to study. The lecturer and the staff is so helpful here.

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The content is really hard to understand. I don't like the fact that there is no exam in the first semester, meaning that all the things we learnt during the whole year will be examinable in the final exam. There are some marks contributed from coursework but most of the marks are from the final exam.

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There is lots of flexibility with what you can learn - you have so much choice within the discipline of modules. As well as your first and second years you can choose 'unrestricted modules' which means you can choose from other disciplines, a great way to further your knowledge in other subjects, potentially ones you studied at a level or elsewhere or to learn something different that you otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to - i did a russian film module in my first year!What you learn throughout the three years interconnects through different modules making you feel like you have a really rounded understanding of the discipline.I know other students at other universities who didn't get free choice in what they did their dissertation on, geog at sheffield lets you choose literally anything you like which i such a great opportunity.Don't get too hung up on a lack of contact hours, there enough to understand the material and staff have office hours at least 2 days a week you can go and see them in, as well a the ability to request meetings at other times!

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3rd Year

The problem is with this degree is that the department wants to streamline itself into being a more classics-orientated department. The focus is definitely more on ancient civilization culture rather than archaeological science. Most of my modules have been cut or are about to be cut. In fact I think this year they cut 2 more science-based modules forcing me into doing a classics module which I've done nothing on so I'll be a good 2 years behind the others. 

Overall the lecturers are friendly but some of them don't really seem to be that bothered with student involvement and while university is about finding your feet and working for yourself, not telling your students vital information that results in most of them getting a near failing grade is a bad sign, as is not turning up to lectures at all. I paid a lot of money for this course and I expected some of the lecturers to be a little more invested in it. I wouldn't recommend this department if you're interested in Archaeological Science, Osteology or Prehistoric Archaeology. I knew someone on the prehistoric course and he had a grand total of 0 modules related to it - it's almost tempting to call that module a scam one as they don't offer anything for it! 

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Catherine Peckston
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Second year was a bigger change than all of the lectures emphasised. Not only does your work now count to your overall degree, but there is increased independance and less planned feedback from your tutors. However, saying this, the modules are now more specific and you feel like you are learning about something you are more interested about and can take advantage of better conversation with your peers. When your lectures are present and approachable it makes the course easier for you, but it is a two way street and therefore making yourself proactive and reading and going beyond the course guidance really is essential this year. 

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