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Sciences - Biomedical Health & Life Sciences

Date of Review May 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 2nd
3 Helpful votes.
Student Type Traditional
From Dublin
Social Life

Why did you choose to study this course?

I originally wanted to study Medicine, however I didn't get the points in the Leaving Cert. I was recommended this course by my parents who thought that it was very similar to Medicine.

Are you happy with your choice of course?


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

Although I wanted to study Medicine, I feel this was a good choice of course in the long run. I share most of my classes with Medical students and science students and so I have a feel of what it would be like to study either subject. I hope study Medicine, though the Graduate Entry route, and I feel this course will give me a good foundation in which to study further. I also feel this course will allow me to mature for a few years before committing to a medical program.

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?

I enjoy the practical aspects of the course. We take part in laboratory practical sessions including organ preparations which are extremely interesting. I also like the few clinical skills sessions for some of the medicine modules such as carrying out and ECG and measuring blood pressure.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

I feel that there is a lack of enthusiasm amongst the students about this course. I know that this is partly due to the fact that this course was not the first choice for many of my fellow students. However, I feel that there is a lack of engagement between staff and students which also contributes to this lack of enthusiasm. In my opinion, I feel that the staff, lecturers, demonstrators etc. could try to stimulate student's interest in what they are studying while also highlighting future job opportunities and what exactly the degree will qualify the student to do.

Was your course what you expected?


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

I wish I had known exactly what I would be qualified to do when finished this course. I would have also like to have known the course structure and whether there were any travel opportunities.


It is easy and quick to borrow books with the quick service machines. I am rarely late with my library books because I am sent an email which reminds me when they are due, this is very helpful. The layout and atmosphere of the Health Sciences library in particular makes for an enviorment that is easy to study in. There are lots of plugs in Health Science which is also helpful when using a laptop.

Is there a good social life on your course?


Please describe

There are roughly only 35 people in my course so we are quite close. We like to socialize in each others houses and we go out to town occasionally. Lots of people in the course are involved with clubs and societies so we go to each others respective events.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty


Please rate your course in terms of workload

Much more than other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?


If yes, please name the societies

UCD Volunteers Overseas (Travelling to South India this summer 2011), UCD Musical Society (served as treasurer for the past year while also taking part in numerous shows throughout the year).

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

UCD Musical Society is a very friendly and welcoming group of people who work extremely hard to put on excellent shows throughout the year. Anyone who has interests in singing, acting, dancing, lighting, sound, costumes, make up, producing, promotion etc. should join as there a lot of different skills needed within the society. UCD Volunteers Overseas are also an extremely welcoming group of people. The work they under take in the target countries is extremely worthwhile and beneficial to the local people. It also an very well organized society with clear goals and procedures of doing things.

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 would you recommend this college to a friend?

Again since I am middle aged, some of the stories that emanate from the residences would make your hair go white. I have no direct experience, myself, but maybe the terms and conditions under which people are allowed to live on campus need to be reviewed and as a result of that, whatever conclusions are reached, the conditions should be enforced ruthlessly.

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