The course involves both practical elements of animal handling and the scientific basis from day 1, both of which are assessed throughout the course. Whilst the traditional preclinical/clinical divide may not suit everyone, for those who enjoy learning about how and why things work, and working from first principles, this course would suit you!
My degree offers an impressive coverage of themes from sociology, history of political thought, anthropology, and political theory from various regions across the world.The mode of assessment is 4 written exams each year, each exam consisting of a 3 hour session on which you write 3 essays.The teaching is exceptional- it consists of supervisions in which we discuss weekly essays in very small groups (or even individually) with an expert academic on the topic. There are also lectures 2/3 days a week. Students are encouraged to work independently, and structure their day accordingly (which can prove challenging). However, all academics are invested in your success, flexible in terms of due dates of work, and challenge you to think critically and independently. Undoubtedly, this is (like all Cambridge degrees) an extremely challenging and time consuming degree. The term consists of 8 weeks of intensive work load (around 10 essays) but it is definetly worth the effort. By the end of the three years you feel a marked improvement in both analytical skills and interpersonal qualities. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in human, social or political sciences.
Think the degree is full of both positives and negatives:
Content and structure - nowhere near as flexible with modules as I would have thought and how they advertise it - mostly forced to do literature with very little flexibility - linguistics if one wants but even that isn't the best for meStructure - extreme amount of texts to study makes it very difficult to read them and secondary critics about them
complexity - very complex, they expect an extremely high level of analysis and it is not easy at all
teaching - lectures are terrible, very uninformative and often useless, supervisions are better depending on supervisor
The course is well structured so that in the first year you can get an overview of lots of topics (history, thought, different periods of literature) before specialising more in later years if you choose to do so. You can replace an exam with two long essays in second year and a dissertation in fourth year which is nice to have the option of exam or coursework. The year abroad has lots of support and the opportunities are excellent - I suspect better than at other universities. I have really enjoyed being able to study things offered almost nowhere else and being taught by staff who are leaders in their fields.
The way medicine is taught at Cambridge is very science based and can feel quite pressured during the first two years (sometimes there was so much detail it felt overwhelming) but you get the chance to really delve into subjects you love. It's been really good for teaching me time management under a heavy work load and encourages reflection on all patient contact. I really enjoy having an intercalated year, which is built in to the degree (hence 6 years) and the support from lecturers, supervisors and tutors has been incredible. Dealing with statistics for my project during third year was initially really difficult, having never been taught much more than A-level maths statistics but they have staff willing to spend the time with you to sort out any problems you have and teach you the necessary skills. Being able to do dissection in first year was a rare opportunity and made a huge impression. The libraries are really well stocked and resources for practicals are great. The pastoral support is also really good and there is also plenty of financial help if needed. All in all a really good course and I'm glad to be taking it.
Great subject low employability. Students receive feedback through tutoring and supervisions. The department is in the centre of town. Great opportunities to work in archaeogenetics, soil studies and archaeozoology.
academically challenging and scientifically rigorous. all medical degrees meet standards but cambridge also prepares well for later professional examinations. heavy science base may suit or deter people. traditional set up but new modernisation of clinical curriculum emphasises role of junior doctors.
Great degree, did it as part of my Clinical Medicine Undergraduate degree. Really well organised with some of the best scientists and physicians in the world. Supervisions are great small group teaching, where you are really pushed to work and learn things in detail, which will bode well for the future. It covers great depth in various specialities, both specific to cell signalling and also general body systems, which makes it particularly interesting.
I absolutely love the way my course is taught. The teaching works for me so well! I write an essay a week and then get one on one supervision with a professor. This allows me to ask any questions that arose during my reading but also gives me a chance to discuss and debate with an expert in the field. My only disappointment with my degree was that the only paper I could do specifically on women and women's history has been removed from the syllabus which is incredibly frustrating. Aside from this, I absolutely love my course. The flexibility to choose almost any period, in any part of the world has allowed me to study aspects I had never done before, such as the Roman Empire, or do more in-depth study of areas I had touched upon before, like modern america.
The course is good because the choice of papers is very broad. You may also borrow papers from other subjects, such as history. The workload is pretty heavy as you will be writing around two essays per week. However, the supervisions in which you discuss said essays are very useful.