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Nanoscience Physics & Chemistry of Advanced Materials

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Date of Review May 01, 2012 Go Back
Year of Study 1st
1 Helpful votes.
Student Type Traditional
From Dublin Ireland
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Are you happy with your choice of course?

Yes

Why?

I'm very interested in the subject matter of this course, so it's not too difficult for me to understand course content, and I don't mind having to study course material because I find it enjoyable to learn about.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week? (labs,tutorials,lectures,etc)

16-20hrs

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

On

Is your course weighted more on

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

Yes

If you studied abroad, is there any advice you would give someone looking to study abroad?

I haven't had the opportunity to study abroad yet.

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

Nanoscience tutorials, I'm often amazed at what we learn about in those tutorials, we get a chance to interact with some of the most cutting edge scientists in Ireland.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

Physics labs, they're a poor reflection of how amazing physics can be, often I was left in the dark about what was going on, as were my fellow classmates.

Was your course what you expected?

Yes

What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

Nothing in particular.

Helpful leaving cert (or equivalent) subjects?

Maths, Applied Maths, Physics, Chemistry.

Library facilities

The library facilities are very good in Trinity, although I prefer to study at home, when I do go there it's usually quiet and the shelves are well organised, there's always staff on hand during the day as well.

Is there a good social life on your course?

Yes

Please describe

This course is a relatively small course, there's about 15 people in it, and although we're mixed in with general science for first and second year, we're a strongly bonded group who share at least some similar interests, thanks in part to the specific nature of this course. Starting a new social life in college was daunting, but made a lot easier by the size of the group, it was nice to always have familiar faces during the first days in a sea of 300-400 science students.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

More than other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?

Yes

What society are you a member of?

University Challenge society

Why do you enjoy being a member of this society? why should a prospective student think of joining this society?

It's great fun going to pub quizzes and being on a team with college friends, it's a really good way to socialise.

Are you a member of any sports clubs?

No

Weekly living expenses?

€40

Do you or have you lived away from home during college?

No

As a first year did you live in college halls?

No

Where would you recommend students live?

I live at home because it's an easy commute to college from where I live, and it would be unnecessary and expensive to live in halls or other accommodation. Halls always sounded fun, but it's nice to have family supports at home when things are a bit tough. Personally I'd recommend living at home if that's feasible.

How would you recommend this college to a friend?

It's a college steeped in history and tradition, located in the heart of Dublin, but when you're on campus, you're in a separate world to the outside. It's not posh, or snobbish, it has a beautiful campus and the academic staff are usually welcoming and friendly. It's size and self contained nature makes you really get the college experience, but it's not so large that you're always lost amongst the crowd. I can already tell that friends for life are being made here, and it only takes a few strolls along the blossom lined pathways in the spring, to tell you that it's a real privilege to attend Trinity College Dublin.

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