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Any good? Criticisms?

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Any good? Criticisms?

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It's a pretty open ended question, in all honesty...

In general, it's very good. The lectures, by and far, are very interesting and the lecturers are usually quite open and honest and will go out of their way to provide supplement materials and links to further reading. The course structure is fairly well thought out, although second year is just as restrictive as the first, module-choice wise, but third year has a massive level of scope for people who want to specialise.

Of course, your mileage may vary, and some lecturers/seminar tutors are dull as dishwater and only do the bare minimum, but I've found these to be in the minority.

Main criticism is that the actual department appears to be chronically underfunded - the Economics, Business and Finance department is a mess and doesn't really have any infrastructure. Also, there aren't that many pure economic modules to do in the first year, so you'll find yourself likely to take a business module (and the business faculty is overfunded and absolutely shocking).

If you have any specific questions, I'll gladly field them.
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The above has it pretty much spot on.

The lecturers are generally pretty good (didn't it get 24/24 on last teaching assessment); and the department building itself is pretty peculiar. The toughness of modules varies from the too easy to the inordinately difficult. The first year is very straightforward if you have done Maths and Economics at A-Level. Second year has some very easy modules (Macro) to some very difficult (the Second-Year Micro is infamous for failure rates). Third-year there is generally a good range, and you can take graduate classes which aren't too tough and are a nice addition.

It will depend on where your interests lie to be honest. The research is pretty **** to be honest, so don't expect to be taught by any 'big names'. In fact, there aren't any 'big names' in the department.
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Thank you both for your replies. So overall would you say Durham is comparable to do the likes of Bristol, Nottingham, Warwick (well I suppose warwick are better than most for econ), etc?
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Thank you both for your replies. So overall would you say Durham is comparable to do the likes of Bristol, Nottingham, Warwick (well I suppose warwick are better than most for econ), etc?
Having never studied at any of them, I couldn't say.
From the league tables, however, it appears that Durham can hold it's own against all of those universities.
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