So! I feel as though I needed to write this as, I always see so many positive reviews and don't get me wrong - Swansea is absolutely a good uni, but I feel as though I'd have liked to have read my review, before I started, three years ago. For me personally, it has been a mix of the good, and the very bad. It has been character building, exhausting, painful, and also - for a while in second year - contented. I hated first year campus accomodation - I lived with too many people, many of whom didn't get on with each-other and I found it to be so bitchy day in day out. Second year was much better away from campus, but I never truly felt a part of the city, or of the uni. I didn't make best friends for life, I didn't come away with life-changing experiences, and whilst I got involved for a while with a society, while I made some connections, I found the whole thing so shallow - connections were only booze deep, and as much as I tried to make deeper more meaningful friends, it just didn't happen for me. I hear all of the good ... but I don't hear the other side. There are a lot of lonely and depressed people at this uni, and while thankfully it was better for me after first year, I know of many who really struggled until they graduated. And yet I know many more who seem to be having the time of the lives. You never know whether it's for real, or whether it's a face. Lectures however, are good. Support is good. And while I'm not sure I could recommend based on my very specific experience, what I can say is that if you're very out-going, if you can get on with everyone, if you're happy-go-lucky and love getting pissed and do the work you're set, you'll have a really good time here. But, happily, I'm coming out with a First - despite getting several bad marks in second year, I pulled it together. So my review is a strange one. Is it a good uni, with a good reputation, and nice campus? For sure. But was I happy here? No. Was it full of friendly people who wanted to forge real friendships? If it was I didn't get to meet them. Was the beach the setting to wonderful BBQ's and beautiful sunsets? Not quite, and again, sorry for the negativity but the beach in front of the uni is not at all a beach to rave about. Swansea, you've given me a degree, and the knowledge that I can get through some really tough times on my own wits, and for that I'm always grateful. But I'm glad to say goodbye.
The faculty had a change in module codes so it is now GEOL2001, however the content hasn't changed at all. Overall, people could really do well with this module, there were some teaching problems occasionally but that is because some people were asking for answers rather than work it out. I found the content interesting, sometimes the lecture content was too long for its own good but mostly useful to revise for the palaeontology side. Sedimentology was also constructed well, with good lectures that were also hands-on occasionally and useful diagrams, therefore people who learn in different ways were able to.
Reading list was necessary for the module, this was published in the module guide and useful for the coursework which was half spreadsheet datasets on a mass extinction of your choice, and the other half was sampling and identifying three fossils (bivalve/brachiopod) however there were leaflets and 001 in Fitzoy to use at all hours.
Great module, best so far in my opinion.
A very challenging degree but highly rewarding, mostly good lecturing, and very supportive lecturers, a few issues with marking however it has been mostly resolved. Good content and good coverage. Poor timing on some of the modules in terms of module length to content, and some poorly timed assessments/hand in dates. Nicholas Outram is the best lecturer I have ever had or seen, he is bae, everyone loves him, super supportive and super helpful.
Very full-time course which includes roughly 50/50 placement and uni. Placement competency work to be completed during unpaid 37.5 hour week placement as well as uni essays - very stressful. Need to be good at time management and organisation to keep on top of it all! Plymouth uni quite unorganized, assignment results never given back on time.
Regarding international relations, the lectures are well organised and fit in well with assignments. The seminars are minimal but I think that is to do with the low attendance of them, yet they are useful for exams. The assessments are challenging but mostly fair; one module this year, in my opinion, had too much assessment (1 presentation, 1 briefing paper, 1 essay and 1 exam). Usually the assessment is no more than 2 pieces, unless you study a language.
Regarding French at plymouth, second year has really helped me advance in the language and I am going to be studying in 3rd year in Nantes for a year. This will expand my knowledge profusely. As it is only a minor, we only have 2 hours of french a week which means lots of outside work. Nonetheless, the lectures are really engaging and I enjoy French the most. The assessment is based on 4 skills: listening, oral, writing and reading and these are tested throughout the year. They equate to 25% each.
Overall my course at plymouth is really enjoyable and I would recommend studying here to anyone who has an idea to study at Plymouth!
International business is a great course, which I really enjoy. I'm currently in my first year so at the moment it's not very complex. We do 6 modules each year. This year I have enjoyed some of the modules but not all of them. I hated economics and found it extremely difficult considering I was at a disadvantage compared to my other course mates as some have done it for A level and I haven't. In our other modules we had a lot of group assignments and groups videos and presentations which I've really enjoyed. My favourite module was the optional module which I could choose and I chose tourism and I loved it. Overall the form of teaching is great on this course, teachers are always available to help and they can be easily contacted which I think is really convenient. My timetable wasn't very heavy in the first year as I had a lot of free time. I think I was in a maximum of 12 hours per week which isn't a lot however you are expected to study and read in your own time. I found it challenging to balance my time in first year with work and social life but I managed. Another reason why I think international business is great is because there are a lot of events that are organised just for international business students. This is a great way to get to know people and make new friends which can often be scary when you first come to university. We get to study abroad or do a work placement in our third year which is a great opportunity. There's also a lot of help and resources available, our library is open 24/7 which is a facility to use as you can book study rooms out. Choosing international business is the best decision I've made in my life.
The course content did not seem sufficient to prepare students for their time on placements in hospital- many of the students felt underprepared and undereducated. In addition, the spread of the workload was very uneven. Throughout the first three months there was minimal work or studying to be done, many students felt at a loss and were ending up wasting their time- then after Christmas time students were bombarded with work and essays- many of which could have been taught in the build up to Christmas. In addition, the timing of this overload of work coincided with the beginning of placement- making this time even more stressful for students. Moving on to placement- many students again felt they were left to sort out complex arrangements on their own. We had no practice day, no one from the university came to check on our progress- and I for one found this to difficult for me to continue.
I've really enjoyed studying at Plymouth, the city is great, the university is awesome, it literally has everything you need on your doorstep. I've found the course kind of dull though - even in third year it seems like the stuff we cover is either really basic or really difficult and not interesting (like biopsychology - but I personally don't enjoy this). The workload isn't too intense and there is plenty of support available if you need it. Second year is hectic with deadlines but the workshops run are awesome and really give you all the information you need (they're supposed to accompany lectures but I personally found them way way way more useful than the lectures).
Despite being quite low on the leaderboards, civil engineering at Plymouth University really isn't something to turn your nose up at. The course is accredited and, having been here for two years, I can safely say it creates great job prospects. The myth that you need to go to a Russel group university in order to be in a chance of getting the top jobs just isn't true. I personally have obtained a placement with one of the leading engineering firms in the world and I know the job success after graduating is very high.
Where Plymouth struggles however is in terms of teaching and funding. There is a lack of those with industry experience and some of the modules are confusing and assessments can be misinterpreted leading to lower grades. Having said that they are all accredited by the ICE etc. and many do well enough to secure a decent placement/job.
Overall, civil engineering at Plymouth is very enjoyable and most of the teaching staff can be extremely helpful, giving overall feedback for each lecture as well as submitted assessments.
The lecturer had a clear structure for all lectures of varied content covering different developmental disorders; Dyslexia, ASD, SLI etc. We were also given opportunities to give presentations on different research papers which were integrated and integral to the lecture content. This was a great way to help with our presentation skills and a good way of keeping us focused and interested by mixing up the speaker from the usual lecturer and including our involvement.