University of Nottingham
Nottingham | East Midlands
Ucas code: N84
What students say about this university899 comments (245 students)
I study German and Philosophy, and I usually have around 14 contact hours a week (more for German than Philosophy). In...
I study German and Philosophy, and I usually have around 14 contact hours a week (more for German than Philosophy). In Philosophy I usually take 1/2 modules per semester, and for each module there is a 2 hour lecture and a one hour seminar per week. Seminars are usually groups of maybe 10/15, and you just discuss a paper that has been set, with minimal input from the seminar leader. For German I usually take 3 modules per semester. One of the modules is actually about learning the language (1 grammar lecture, 2 grammar workshops in smaller groups, 1 speaking class in small groups per week), the other two are non-language modules on German culture/literature/history etc. These usually have a 1 hour lecture and a 1 hour seminar. I've been quite disappointed with how interesting my course is. Philosophy is marginally better than German, but for both subjects I've taken on the mentality of just making sure I pass the exams, rather than studying because it's interesting. I found it quite surprising that often the emphasis was on covering a wide range of areas within a given module rather than focusing on one thing in detail. For example, in a Philosophy module about the nature of the mind and personal identity, we seemed to do a very different topic each week, which only had a tenuous link to what we looked at in the previous lecture. You'll have a mixture of essays (expect between 3 and 6 per semester, sometimes more, usually 1500 - 2000 words in first year) and exams. Feedback for coursework essays has been very good in my experience, although you need to make the first move and arrange an appointment to see your tutor if you want this level of feedback. Exam feedback has not been so good in my experience. Usually I've been given a mark on a piece of paper and there's been no clear way of accessing my exam paper to read comments. However, I have never bothered to chase this up and email tutors to ask for feedback for exams, and maybe this is how you're supposed to do it. It would have been nice to be told that this is how to do it though!×
There are tons of societies to choose from and get involved in! From knitting to volunteering, there is something guaranteed...
There are tons of societies to choose from and get involved in! From knitting to volunteering, there is something guaranteed for every one no matter how sporty, creative or out going you are. Within these societies, different events are held - for example the psychosoc holds a boat party event every year and all societies have different types of socials! The SU also organises big students nights and sometimes groups departments together with a theme! These are a great way to socialise, meet new people and generally have a good time.×
Lots of great pubs and clubs mainly placed in Lace Market SquareReport
Lecturers are very passionate about their subjectsReport
Broadgate Park is not isolated for being off-campus, something which I was worried about. The catered halls offer a great...
Broadgate Park is not isolated for being off-campus, something which I was worried about. The catered halls offer a great social life, but bear in mind what sporting activities and societies you might want to participate in as set meal times can really become a problem.×
How students describe this university
Overall student satisfaction88%
of students are very or quite satisfied with this university
Number of students33,270
students attended last year
Undergraduate / Postgraduate75%
of students are undergrads
Full-time / Part-time13%
of students are part-time
Male / Female55%
of students are female
Young / Mature13%
of students aged over 21
UK / Non-UK23%
of students here are from outside the UK
Student union satisfaction73%
of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union
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