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ADMISSION INFORMATION

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin Admission Information

Ms Susan Power
01 8964444
admissions@tcd.ie

What the students say

Although I am happy with my choice I don't like the university. I am happy because I know I will achieve all my life goals with the help of this course. I am not satisfied because the quality of teaching is at times extremely poor. Furthermore extra dental instrument fees were imposed upon us (of £2,500) without enough warning in the second year. The dental library facilities frequently close early at short notice. Extreme shortage of computers in dental library (which are essential for electronic patient management). Frequent lack of teaching resources due to lack of funding. Lack of nursing help during clinical time when treating patients. Lack of help in patient management (which includes sending appointments to all patients, ringing all patients, securing new patients after patient cancellations which are often last minute). Probably the biggest let down in the course is that no student has achieved a 1st class hons at graduation in at least the previous 4 years despite (1st hand account) being extremely intelligent, committed and literally living in the dental hospital from 9am-9pm 5 days a week for 4th-5th year.
3rd year Currently in college
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Although I am still interested in economics, at a high level, the courses tend to be very much divorced from intuition. I was interested in Economics as the study of human interactions as they relate to scarce resources. There is very little humanity to the course I study now; it is more related to financial and statistical models than any sort of decision theory or behavioural analysis. Trinity's economics department has also hemorrhaged staff since I started. Two senior staff are leaving next year, one lost to retirement and another to a chair at Oxford. There is also a growing tendency for the more senior academics to focus on research, and leave the teaching to PhD students or external academics. The final degree mark is weighted 100% on final year, which means that final year is very stressful, partly because it's more difficult to motivate yourself in third year. This certainly left me a little bit behind where I should have been and where lecturers assumed I would be. There isn't much individual student to lecturer contact. Tutorials are generally taught by PhD students with little to no teaching training or experience and mostly involve going through worksheets. There is very broad choice of courses from second year on. I even got to study a philosophy module and was able to pick from a wide range of different modules in economics, particularly for third and fourth year.
4th year Currently in college
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It was the wrong choice because it was poorly managed, it has too many students and there was not enough personal interaction with our lecturers.
4th year Currently in college
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