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Engineering - Omnibus Entry

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Date of Review May 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 3rd
Student Type Traditional
From Dublin
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Why did you choose to study this course?

Because I want to become a research scientist and this course will get me there!

Are you happy with your choice of course?

Yes

On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

Because studying my modules is enjoyable and I look forward to every lecture!

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week?

16-20hrs

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

On

Is your course weighted more on continuous assessment or end of year exams?

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?

N/A

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

I love all the modules and the opportunities for lab experience and research experience during the summer! But I genuinely enjoy going in to my classes every day and even reading my textbooks and extra journals! Plus all my lecturers are really interested in their subjects and their enthusiasm rubs off!

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

The fact that a lot of students had Biomed as a second choice behind Medicine and just want to get the degree and enter Graduate Entry Medicine! Having negative classmates is difficult as they do not enjoy the course and so I tend to hang around with other general science students and I do not know my class.

Was your course what you expected?

No

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

I think I just wished that I had known how to register for my modules and that a clash in my timetable is not a cause for panic! I was the first member of my family to go to college and so I had to figure out how everything worked on my own!

Why?

I think the facilities are fine besides the lack of enforcement of silence!! People chat with their friends loudly in the library and are not stopped even if a supervisor walks by and it is very frustrating for people who have a lot of study to do continuously!

Is there a good social life on your course?

No

Please describe

The lack of a proper Biomedical Science rep in first year meant I never got to know my class and I will not at this stage!

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

Much more than other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?

Yes

If yes, please name the societies

The Biochemical Society and Physiological Society although these are entered through the college and are not located in the college per se!

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

These societies are great because it gets you more aware of the activities and events within the scientific community and focuses you on modern scientific developments and I enjoy the privileges of being a member such as access to online journals which is so so so interesting and is great for enabling access to extra information that I could use in my course!

Are you a member of any sports clubs?

No

How much do you spend on living every week (going out, food, transport etc.), excluding rent and bills?

ˆ180-200

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

Yes

How much does your rent cost per month?

ˆ350-450

As a first year did you live in college halls?

Yes

Would you recommend college halls?

No

Why?

I had to move after just seven days on-campus because the residences were so noisy! I got no sleep as my flatmates were eternally drunk and having parties and I was extremely tired because I had full days of lectures and labs! I know that my experience was fairly extreme but I would never live on campus again as a result!!

If yes, where and why?

Booterstown/Blackrock across the road from UCD because its extremely near to the campus but a quiet residential area so theres a lovely homely atmosphere and no noise at night!

If yes, where and why?

Don't live on-campus or in Belfield- There are too many students in one place and during RAG week and after exams the place is a mess with broken glass and smells like beer!

How would you recommend this college to a friend?

Because the courses are fantastic and the area is lovely- near the city but not quite in the middle of 1 so its much more peaceful! And the lecturers are lovely!!

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