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Medicine - Undergraduate Entry

Date of Review May 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 3rd
1 Helpful votes.
Student Type Traditional
From Dublin
Social Life

Why did you choose to study this course?

I aimed for the Climate and Earth system area due to my general interest in the Climate area and in the knowledge that job prospects are likely to be good.

Are you happy with your choice of course?


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

The opportunity to deal with one of the greatest concerns of the modern age (Climate Change) made this the right choice for me. I may have overlooked the depth of Maths involved in the course however.

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


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


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?


What are your favourite aspects of your course?

The Climate side of it and some parts of Geology.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

Maths/Applied Maths

Was your course what you expected?


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

How difficult the Maths involved in the course is and how few modules related to Climate that are undertaken in the first two years.


There are far too few sockets available for students with laptops (almost all students). More desks are needed. Also the air condition is often much too stuffy/warm. This is in reference to the James Joyce Library.

Is there a good social life on your course?


Please describe

Yes, the social life is very enjoyable especially in the Geology modules since most of the geology is practical based where it is easy to talk and get to know one another. Also Geology field trips are plentiful and extremely enjoyable.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty


Please rate your course in terms of workload

Similar to other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?


If yes, please name the societies

I will have more time to be more involved next year.

Are you a member of any sports clubs?


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


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


How much does your rent cost per month?


As a first year did you live in college halls?


Would you recommend college halls?



College residences are very expensive and of a lower quality than what you can get for a cheaper price either close to college or in the city.

If yes, where and why?

Either city centre or South city centre usually have nice places available at reasonable rent rates. Also living among or close to the city has great benefits in terms of social life and the ease of having all the amenities close to you.

How would you recommend this college to a friend?

Most importantly is the choice UCD offers. You can do almost anything from Law to Arts to Science to Medicine. For example in Science if you are uncertain about what area you want to study, you can easily leave yourself open to 5 or more degrees in 1st Year. The quality of education is excellent and continuous assessment really takes some pressure off final exams. Secondly the social life is second to none. Every type of society and sports club exists. There is something on EVERY night so there's no shortage of things to do. Facilities on campus are very good and with the new swimming pool, theatre, gym, cinema and Science complex coming soon, UCD really is state of the art and up to date.

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