We use cookies to allow us and selected partners to improve your experience and our advertising. By continuing to browse you consent to our use of cookies as per our policy which also explains how to change your preferences.

Open day questions: social sciences students

Thinking of studying for a degree in geography, history, politics, or economics? Here are some questions you could ask tutors and students when you're at a university open day.

About the course

  • What ranges of modules are available to me?
  • Can I pick modules outside of my subject?
  • What skills will I learn on this course? E.g. research methods, referencing, drawing graphs…
  • Are there any guest lecturers or speakers who come to the university?
  • Do I need maths or statistics?

Equipment and facilities

  • What books are necessary for me to buy?
  • How much reading is there each week?
  • Are resources and reading material available to use online?
  • Do I need to read anything before I start the course?

Work experience and field trips

  • Are there any field trips?
  • Where will they be is there a choice?
  • How much does a field trip cost and will I have help with this?
  • What assignments are set during a field trip, and do these count towards my degree mark?
  • Do I have to organise placements or work experience during my summer breaks from university? Will I have help from the uni to do this?

Assessments

  • What is the split between exams / coursework / group projects?
  • Do I need to do a presentation on this course?
  • Do I need to complete a dissertation or research-based project?
  • How do I decide on a dissertation subject?
  • Can I move on to a related Masters or PhD after I finish my course? Is there funding for me to do this?
     

Next:

Search Which? University

Find further advice or search for information on a course or university

Expert tips for uni - straight to your inbox
Free to students, teachers and parents
Sign me up