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    Hi I have an unconditional for biological sciences (molecular genetics) at Edinburgh but I'm not sure if its my first choice. The course looks great in the prospectus but I found the open day really dull and not informative at all :/
    Has anyone done this course and wants to share their experiences? What are the facilities like, the workload, the teaching, how is the course structured, it is interesting and enjoyable etc ???

    Any advice or information would be really appreciated. I've looked up statistics and stuff online but I want to hear real people's opinions, y'know?


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    As someone who is also considering a transfer in to the second year of this course from a different university, I'd love an answer to this question.
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    Where are you transferring from?


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    I'm planning on transferring from Strathclyde. I'm in my 2nd year and I don't like it here! Work is too easy, too memorisation based, the chemistry is like at sub-higher level sometimes (and I'm doing Biochem), the lecturers are a bit ****, and the stuff's just quite disorganised and I can do better! Really hope I can transfer.
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    Oh right, yeah Strathclyde didn't really appeal to me when I was deciding where to apply. I hope we get some answers then!!


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    Hey i'm a first year biosci student so have only done a semester but i can tell you a bit about that! workload is fine, we have 9 lectures a week (3 for each module) in 1st semester most people take 3 core modules, one which is broad biology, one chemistry and one mathsy/physicsy in the context of biology with a bit of neuroscience in there too (ikr?). for the biology module we had 1 practical a week (3 hrs) and one tutorial every 2 weeks. for the chemistry module a 3hr lab every 2 weeks and one tutorial a week and for the mathsy one a tutorial every other week and about 4 labs over the semester.
    in broad, the course is biological sciences for 2 years, and in 3rd year you start to tailor your modules toward a specialism and then 4th year solely your specialism is done, so although you say you're doing molecular genetics (i think?) you're actually not really for another couple of years, and although this is good because it's flexible and you've not got to specialise too early, it's something i didn't properly know before coming here and it may affect your decision..
    hope this helps and quote me if you have any questions
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    (Original post by CeeTay)
    Hey i'm a first year biosci student so have only done a semester but i can tell you a bit about that! workload is fine, we have 9 lectures a week (3 for each module) in 1st semester most people take 3 core modules, one which is broad biology, one chemistry and one mathsy/physicsy in the context of biology with a bit of neuroscience in there too (ikr?). for the biology module we had 1 practical a week (3 hrs) and one tutorial every 2 weeks. for the chemistry module a 3hr lab every 2 weeks and one tutorial a week and for the mathsy one a tutorial every other week and about 4 labs over the semester.
    in broad, the course is biological sciences for 2 years, and in 3rd year you start to tailor your modules toward a specialism and then 4th year solely your specialism is done, so although you say you're doing molecular genetics (i think?) you're actually not really for another couple of years, and although this is good because it's flexible and you've not got to specialise too early, it's something i didn't properly know before coming here and it may affect your decision..
    hope this helps and quote me if you have any questions
    Heyy thanks for your answer!
    Just a couple of questions :P
    For the module are there different options? I don't mind maths but its not my strongest subject :P
    What are the lecturers like?
    You'll be mostly in the kings buildings right? Do you find it ok being further away from the main area or is it a bit annoying?

    Ok, more than a couple, but yeah :P
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    (Original post by RavenclawRiver)
    Heyy thanks for your answer!
    Just a couple of questions :P
    For the module are there different options? I don't mind maths but its not my strongest subject :P
    What are the lecturers like?
    You'll be mostly in the kings buildings right? Do you find it ok being further away from the main area or is it a bit annoying?

    Ok, more than a couple, but yeah :P
    the maths is fine, it's not calculus or anything so the maths is generally ok... the physics on the other hand was harder, but then it's only one question on the exam and you get to choose from 2 so it's not too bad.
    the lecturers are ok, i mean you get a total array i mean per module i'll guess at about 6 lecturers so this semester alone i'll of probably had about ~18 lecturers.. obviously some are better than others. the course organiser for the biology module does lectures that CANNOT be missed seriously hilarious..
    yeah everything is at king's buildings, so i haven't got anything at the central area. i personally have found that to be ok, there's a free shuttle bus regularly and although sometimes it can get quite busy i've never missed a lecture or anything because of it. it's kind of annoying however, because i have to get up much earlier than my flatmates for 9am/10am lectures but tbh king's is bigger than the central area and it has its own library and stuff which is generally a bit quieter which i liked i was stupid though and live in the furthest accommodation from king's buildings, so accommodation-wise meadow court/sciennes area is much more convenient than cowgate (although cowgate area is so much better for princes st and exams so it all works out) hope this helps and if you get any other questions feel free to ask
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    ok, thankyou that's really helpful


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    (Original post by RavenclawRiver)
    Hi I have an unconditional for biological sciences (molecular genetics) at Edinburgh but I'm not sure if its my first choice. The course looks great in the prospectus but I found the open day really dull and not informative at all :/
    Has anyone done this course and wants to share their experiences? What are the facilities like, the workload, the teaching, how is the course structured, it is interesting and enjoyable etc ???

    Any advice or information would be really appreciated. I've looked up statistics and stuff online but I want to hear real people's opinions, y'know?


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    I am a fourth year student at Edinburgh uni doing Molecular genetics. I love it. In the earlier years you have fewer courses to choose from, but in 1st 2nd and 3rd year you take 3 courses each semester. I will tell you about 4th year even though you didn't ask because I'm feeling alturistic.

    In 4th year semester 1 you take 4 ten credit courses, you will have exams on these in December. Semester 2 you take another 10 credit course and work 6 weeks part time in a lab then 8 weeks full time. I can't wait to get into the lab. You write your project on your work you complete in that time. We have our dissertation title set for us at the beginning of semester, and is due at the end of January.
    You tend to generally mix with the cell bio, molecular bio and genetics honours students. In week 2 of 4th year you go on a field trip to Firbush outdoor activity centre. It's so fun! really nice to get to know your year group even better. (They should do it in 1st year really I think)
    1st year is a bit of a doss if you did maths/sciences at A level or highers level. Looking back I should probably have gone into 2nd year directly, but I don't regret it because it's is a time for finding your feet, enjoying Edinburgh and student life in general. Work hard from the beginning and start thinking about careers prospects sooner rather than later. Get involved in societies, build up your CV and consider a summer studentship in the summer of your 3rd year if you are considering advancing to say do a PhD after graduation.

    Workload steadily increases, 1st year for me was about the same if not slightly easier than last year at school, ( I took maths, bio, chem and physics to A-level and worked pretty hard)

    ps edinburgh is a fab city. I've fallen in love with it and the people. Sorry this message is a little sporadic - I'm on the phone.
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    Thankyou! 4th year sounds particularly good :P

    What made you choose Edinburgh, and I take it you don't regret that choice?

    Have you had any problems with lecturers or other staff, or are they all ok?
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    (Original post by jemc7)
    I am a fourth year student at Edinburgh uni doing Molecular genetics. I love it. In the earlier years you have fewer courses to choose from, but in 1st 2nd and 3rd year you take 3 courses each semester. I will tell you about 4th year even though you didn't ask because I'm feeling alturistic.

    In 4th year semester 1 you take 4 ten credit courses, you will have exams on these in December. Semester 2 you take another 10 credit course and work 6 weeks part time in a lab then 8 weeks full time. I can't wait to get into the lab. You write your project on your work you complete in that time. We have our dissertation title set for us at the beginning of semester, and is due at the end of January.
    You tend to generally mix with the cell bio, molecular bio and genetics honours students. In week 2 of 4th year you go on a field trip to Firbush outdoor activity centre. It's so fun! really nice to get to know your year group even better. (They should do it in 1st year really I think)
    1st year is a bit of a doss if you did maths/sciences at A level or highers level. Looking back I should probably have gone into 2nd year directly, but I don't regret it because it's is a time for finding your feet, enjoying Edinburgh and student life in general. Work hard from the beginning and start thinking about careers prospects sooner rather than later. Get involved in societies, build up your CV and consider a summer studentship in the summer of your 3rd year if you are considering advancing to say do a PhD after graduation.

    Workload steadily increases, 1st year for me was about the same if not slightly easier than last year at school, ( I took maths, bio, chem and physics to A-level and worked pretty hard)

    ps edinburgh is a fab city. I've fallen in love with it and the people. Sorry this message is a little sporadic - I'm on the phone.
    Thankyou! 4th year sounds particularly good :P<br />
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    What made you choose Edinburgh, and I take it you don't regret that choice?<br />
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    Have you had any problems with lecturers or other staff, or are they all ok?
 
 
 
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