I have studied at three different universities and there are certain qualities about Manchester that I really don't like. Firstly there is no campus feel. Secondly, teachers at my previous universities were very down to Earth and students were "normal". Here, lots of students are very middle class and the staff are not friendly and sometimes confrontational. In one class, the lecturer had a five minute arguement with a student who was speaking to someone next to him. This was in a huge lecture hall in Roscoe and there was barely any audible noise. I have heard that this happened frequently with this lecturer and there are others who are really not nice. The university feels artificial and like the only thing that matters is the reputation of the university. It feels like a business and students are livestock. There is no open door policy. Also, there were huge numbers of students in my classes here (over 200 in my first year).
The structure of the degree programme is very good in the way that you get an introduction to all subjects in your first year, and then go on to choose all modules and your potential specialism in your second and third year. This gives a lot of freedom, and you only have to focus on the topics you want to. However, the downside to this is the unfairness of marks. For example marketing modules are often assessed with 100% examination, while entrepreneurship modules use more coursework and have the opportunity for higher marks than marketing lecturers give. As long as you know this beforehand it can be used to your advantage and gives the opportunity for students to maximise the value of their course.
The BSc Management Programme under Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester is fantastic as it encourages and enriches the overall learning of its students. As a student, the university helps me become a well-rounded person. It allows me to reach my full potential through mind-challenging assessments, for example, academic essays, group presentations, debates and written examination. Such assessments support me to improve my interpersonal and communication skills, to enhance my confidence and to widen my technical and overall business knowledge through an excellent set of modules. The lecturers and other university staff are very helpful in supporting us to better understand the complexities of our course and how to overcome difficulties. I highly commend the University of Manchester for delivering high quality education which opens a wide range of work opportunities that I can apply to.
The quality of teaching is fantastic, you can see the passion of the lecturers every time they speak and it really does help you to engage. The opportunities you have in lab work are unlike many other universities, they equipment we are able to use is so modern and high quality and you are able to use technology in your second year that some universities only allow masters students and above to use. The reasoning behind me only awarding 4 stars is because I don't feel like you gain a strong relationship with you personal tutor - obviously this is only my personal experience - but I found that my friends at other universities had a stronger relationship with their tutors so they felt more comfortable when they required support from them. Saying that, I would choose to do my degree at the University of Manchester if I had to choose again as the funding that supports the studies is unbeatable.
Most of the actual lecture content is good, but the overall degree is way too on top which is really bad for my anxiety. I'm not good at learning through lectures and seminars and much prefer to teach myself with the aid of other students. It therefore does not help me when I'm being emailed for 'IMMEDIATE ACTION' when I miss five lectures, even though friends on other courses could just not turn up to anything and see no repercussions.Most of the reason I don't like lectures is because I could go through a 2 hour lecture's worth of work in 45 mins reading the book they extract everything from at home.
The English Language for Education course is mainly tailored to people who want to become teachers. However, you are given the opportunity to choose your credits for your degree so you can suit it to your interests. For example, if you prefer the education side you can choose the education models. There are language modules, but they are somewhat limited.
First year is the only year you have exams, unless you choose an option which has exams for assessment. Your optional modules have a wide choice of assessments and it's good to try out different ones, for example there is a Youth Work module that requires you to make a film. Although it doesn't seem ideal, you learn new skills and use software you may not have to use and any other point of your degree.
The second year research project gives you the freedom to conduct research and get a taste of what you are interested in and it can possibly give you something to build on for your dissertation. I would recommend you choose something you're interested in because it can become very tedious for you if you're not enjoying what you're doing. This gives you a bit more freedom as you don't necessarily have to do it in an educational setting. You'll be assigned a supervisor to help you from start to finish, I would recommend you use them as much as possible because that's what will get you a better mark.
For third year, I would recommend you split your options through first semester and second semester and not pile them into one. This way it makes it easier to manage as you get longer assessments, as well as your 12,000 word dissertation. Again, make use of your supervisor!!
Issues I've had over the three years have been that not all lecturers mark the same, so do be sure you need to clear up with them what they want. Because the marking system isn't consistent, one lecturer may like your writing style and give you a 2:1 whereas another may not and give you a 2:2. So always check with the relevant lecturer what they're looking for.
First year allows you to see what kind of writer you are and what works better for you, whether it's last minute pressure or working in advance. For consistent referencing, I'd use citethisforme just to help you out and save time. Always proofread and get someone else to as well!
You don't have much time in university, I'd say the contact hours aren't enough, especially if your deadlines are later on and your teaching finishes quite early on. I'd recommend keeping in touch with lecturers just to be sure you're clear on what you're doing.
I think this is one of the best programs for medical students. It combines individual stidying woth lots of practical sessions where you can apply everything you've learned before. One of the most useful things they offer students is anatomy sessions which include disection as well. For a medical student it is hard to just learn anatomy from the books, therefore, having speciments where you can compare the illustrations to the real human body are very important. Another think I consider useful is the PBL system which relies on a lot if self-studying, with lectures helping with thr level of depth of information that you are required to know.
As a first year I can only say that you need to be prepared to work extra hours in the lab, and to have a passion for engineering would be beneficial. The degree is hard and be aware that not all of the students can pass the exams.
The degree has a lot of choice, in regards to what modules you want to do. In your first year, everything is compulsory - however, there are many different subjects that we learn (e.g. finance, economics, sociology and marketing modules). In your second and third year, you have a free choice on any type of module that is offered to our course. A lot of the content is very useful, as they teach you the 'real world' applications and how you can transfer the skills you have learnt in later life.
Manchester is definitely the home of chemical engineering and you really feel that you are learning in a top institution and with academics at the top of their field. The course content can be more versatile, i feel it's very centred around only a few areas within chemical engineering but the educational support and reputation of the university is without parallel for chemical engineering.