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University of Cambridge

Cambridge | East Anglia

Sporty Political Creative City Collegiate Rural

Ucas code: C05

We are one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres. Cambridge comprises 31 Colleges and over 150 departments, faculties, schools and other institutions. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known worldwide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students and world-class original research carried out by University and College staff.
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Dialog 1505 comments (351 students)
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      The most important part of the

      2013, 2nd year, Chemistry Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Academic Experience

      In both years so far there has been about 14 hours of lectures a week and 3-4 hours of supervisions. Quality of lectures varies...

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      2013, 2nd year, Economics Not Elsewhere Classified

      Academic Experience

      In both years so far there has been about 14 hours of lectures a week and 3-4 hours of supervisions. Quality of lectures varies quite widely; in a lot of cases they are excellent and engaging, but some of them aren't even worth getting out of bed for (the Maths and Stats ones in particular). The best supervisions are the ones given by PhD students, who have a lot more empathy with undergraduates than ancient professors do. On the whole supervision quality has been good. Work was a picture of problem-solving questions and timed essays. The Marshall Library of Economics is a good place to work, and stocks a wide selection of books.

      2013, 2nd year, Economics Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Academic Experience

      12hrs lectures, 2hrs supervision V interesting but v difficult Questions Loads, reports each term, feedback on all...

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      2013, 2nd year, Pure Mathematics

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      12hrs lectures, 2hrs supervision V interesting but v difficult Questions Loads, reports each term, feedback on all work Great department

      2013, 2nd year, Pure Mathematics

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    • Academic Experience

      A lot of teaching each week, very interesting but also very challenging. Large variety of work, very good at feedback and...

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      2013, 2nd year, Parasitology

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      A lot of teaching each week, very interesting but also very challenging. Large variety of work, very good at feedback and reasonable facilities

      2013, 2nd year, Parasitology

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    • Academic Experience

      The number of contact hours is, I think, fair for a medical student. Rather than having an integrated structure, one learns the...

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      2013, 2nd year, Pre Clinical Medicine

      Academic Experience

      The number of contact hours is, I think, fair for a medical student. Rather than having an integrated structure, one learns the 'traditional way', taking a few subjects each year rather than learning by bodily system. For instance, the main subjects in first year are anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. It is a very dense course, and with slightly shorter terms (one or two weeks less) than other universities, it may prove really challenging to keep up with the pace of lectures and practicals. A major part of preclinical medicine at Cambridge is examined through essay writing, and writing essays may well be the only actual written homework one has to do most of the time for one's supervisors. There are some practicals, the number of hours vary from subject to subject. Overall, it is a challenging course and if one could learn a lot, perhaps more than medical students at other universities.

      2013, 2nd year, Pre Clinical Medicine

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    • Academic Experience

      Most courses in Cambridge are taught as a combination of traditional lectures, small group teaching called 'supervisions', and...

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      2013, 2nd year, General Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified

      Academic Experience

      Most courses in Cambridge are taught as a combination of traditional lectures, small group teaching called 'supervisions', and practicals, laboratories or research depending on the course. Lectures are usually 50 minutes long and are attended by the whole year in your course at the same time, which means that there could be up to 350 people in a normal lecture. Most lecturers are well known experts in their fields and their lectures are very useful to learn the material, although attendance is not compulsory. The lecturers usually issue lecture notes for free, and they usually have gaps which the students fill as the lecturer goes through them. Supervisions are the most special part of teaching at Cambridge. They are organised by the colleges and they are usually in pairs or sometimes groups of three students. The supervisor can be a fellow of a college, or sometimes a PhD student. In the case of Engineering, sets of problems called 'Example Papers' are issued once a week, and the students complete them and take them to supervisions to discuss the questions they found difficult, and sometimes to talk about other aspects of the course which the supervisor or the students can suggest. Laboratories or practicals depend on the course. In the case of Engineering, labs are usually very interesting; they are carried out in lab pairs and you get the chance to use many different types of equipment. There are also some long projects which many people consider the best part of the course, such as a structural design project to design, build and then test a bridge (and watch it break :P), a AM radio or an automated robot. The facilities are excellent for Engineering and for most courses; with very good libraries, labs, computer and facilities, as well as the facilities in each college which students can also use.

      2013, 2nd year, General Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Diverse local nightlife

41%

LOW

Creative

74%

HIGH

Political

78%

HIGH

Varied union activities

61%

MED

Sporty

75%

HIGH

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £27k HIGH

Number of students

19,660

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

62%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

7%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

46%

of students are female

Young / Mature

12%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

33%

of students here are from outside the UK

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