Enjoyable subject with scope for you to choose your own modules, especially in year two and three, to tailor your degree. The lecturers vary in helpfulness but you would probably find that at most universities. Option to study abroad and undertake work placements within sandwich years which I have done and would recommend
I am happy with the fact that my degree is quit broad and it will allow me to get a job in different sectors within the business environment: sales, marketing, human resource, supply chain etc. Also, it is great that as part of my degree I had to study in Germany for 6 months and do a one year placement. This boosted my career prospects considerably. I think learning a new language while doing a totally different degree also helps a lot! In my case mixing business with German again put me in an advantage compared to other students. However, even though business is considered not to be too complex in comparison to other degrees such as engineering, it is still a demanding course. I had to split my time between academic studies and projects with more of a social touch which were still time consuming. As for my tutors, I am really happy with most of them. I got to work with amazing professionals who were really passionate about their job and research. Overall I enjoyed the course and it studying it added a great value to my employability.
If you want to learn more about the systems, structures and processes that shape our world, a degree in Human Geography is for you.
In fact Human Geography is everywhere, you are living proof.
A degree in this area has broadened my mind hugely and enabled me to see how political and economic link and conflict with social groups of people.
The 3 year course slowly becomes more specialised, and allows you to focus your interests in the world, whatever they may be.
My degree in particular has dedicated lecturers that are in some ways on the same journey, and the more you can bring to a session the better.
Good the bad and the dirty:
Good:1) independent study2) assignments aren't too difficult3) good vibe on campus4) plenty of events to get involved in5) really good support from uni
Bad :1) not all key texts are digitised -= fighting to get there first2) library can be crowded at peak times3) deadlines can be realllly close together4) student union is a bit pants5) have to pay for printing even though we pay £9k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dirty:1) even though everyone pays the same for tuition, not everyone gets the same amount back i.e. History gets a lot less funding than scienceseven though we pay the same2) Hallam can out do uni of in almost everything ;)
Studying international hotel management has been a great experience and it has definitely increased my skills and knowledge. The tutors' help has been amazing. The assingments have been challenging at times but they build up yearly to get you prepared for the final year and career. There was a wide variety of modules included in this course such as accounting, food and beverage, human resources, marketing and hospitality management. We got the chance to choose one elective module per year, which included the possibility to study a language. Studying a language was very fun and definitely increased my employability skills. We had the chance to choose between a wide variety of languages such as Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese and Chinese.Library is 24/7 hours open and this is a big advantage and there are a lot of books and journals available also hard copy or online.The majority of out assessment has been reports and presentations with only a few exams. We have been provided with feedback on our assignments in addition to the mark.
Sheffield Hallam may be seen as a 'lesser' uni but I have found that is simply not the case, especially with studying mechanical engineering.
The course includes a year out to work in industry which is encouraged to be taken by all students. I found this experience invaluable and it has led me to securing a job before I'd finished my degree.
Due to my grades I was able to transfer on to the MEng master's degree. I wanted to do this for a number of reasons: 1) I wanted to do my master's in one year as an undergraduate with student finance support, 2) It was more appealing to do my master's in one year added on to my degree rather than going in to work for a few years then having to come back to part time study, 3) The content taught in the master's programme focused more on the applied theory and managerial aspects of engineering.
The course is fairly full-on at times, particularly when I compare my workload to some of my friends on other degrees. Not only do we have a high amount of contact hours but we do also have a lot of coursework as well as exams in both January and May. However, I've often preferred having lots of opportunities for assessment as I find this makes it easier to obtain a higher average grade.
The teaching is generally very good at Hallam, and there are a number of exceptional lecturers which have made the content engaging and interesting.
As I mentioned previously, assessment comes in the form of coursework and exams, with modules weighted with a 50/50 split to each. I usually perform well in exams but I find the opportunity to do coursework helps as it is easier to follow the mark scheme and achieve a higher grade.
Overall I would say I've enjoyed my time at Sheffield Hallam, having been a student for five years by the time I finish my degree. While this seems a long time, when I finish I will have met all the academic requirements for my career and will be well equipped to start in the working world.
The content is relevant for a degree in either a business or IT field, however could be more in depth for a degree level. The tutors are really helpful and provide support throughout, however there is the odd tutor who doesn’t follow the same principles. The degree is enjoyable as in personal opinion it seems easier than the large majority of BSc Degrees. Certain assessments are challenging and a lot of the assessments are geared towards work in industry to develop work specific skills. Within the degree a lot is taught within varying fields therefore a personal criticism would be that its less focused on one particular topic.
The content of the course tends to focus on research methods as one side and then actual criminological content on the other. The core modules for first and second year focus on gaining and developing a basic to strong understanding. Third year you pretty much have free reign to tailor your degree to your career preferences. Particularly in second year the work is complex, which can at times, lead to confusion. The assessment is predominantley coursework which I found to be a positive. There are electives which can be picked in third year if exams are your preference. Like any course there are elements I have enjoyed and elements I have hated - however this varies from person to person and is all about elements that you as a person enjoy. There are also plenty of opportunities for placement.Overall the course is interesting and has given me a strong idea of what job I would like to do in the future
My degree is filled with interesting academic literature to be able to see how far the country has developed in terms of educating children. I have been able to study politics, philosphy, history and international affairs relating to education. The support given by lecturers is terrific always developing us to think more critically and challenge others views relating to different social justice issues and problems.
Having studied chemistry the past year at SHU has been both difficult and encouraging. Chemistry has always come naturally to me and therefore I found the labs and pure chemistry content interesting. However it is important to note that some of the content we received for example the PSP1 module was very pointless and alot of time was spent doing tasks which will probably not help later on in a career never mind in anything! Moreover another downfall I experienced, is even though the teachers provide you with help, they do not provide exam answers to the exam questions because so called 'model answers' are non existent. I really enjoyed the Inorganic chemistry and also the physical chemistry was very interesting. One module i took was biology, to this some topics where interesting such as the effects of drugs on the body and also the case studies felt applicable.For the teaching quality, there are either really good engaging and helpful lecturers or some lecturers who just dont know how to control a class and are 'too busy' to provide help. There is alot of group work at SHU, which in my opinion is very difficult because there are always 2 people dong the work and 2 people who only show up to get the marks for being there. I would say the strongest thing about SHU is that they provide alot of feedback on marked work so you know how to improve.