Dissertation or Exams in the 3rd year of uni... is there a choice?

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briadawes
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Hi, I'm in my second year of university, studying criminology and sociology at St Mary's Uni.
I'm already thinking ahead to my dissertation next year.
One of my friends at a different university said to me she has the option to pick exams or her dissertation. I was just wondering if that's the case at every university or she is just lucky enough to have that option.
Thank you!
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At my uni only those who chose a joint honours could choose between taking an exam based or dissertation unit.

I can't imagine why anyone would rather choose exams though!
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It depends very much on the university - for me, it I had picked a different major (e.g. the general Biological/ Physical science options) I could have done a dissertation, but for Chemistry it is almost entirely exam based. If your university hasn't mentioned the option to do exams instead of dissertations I would imagine it isn't an option for you - but you could always just ask your course tutor/ check your course handbook or something to find out for sure?
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wtf? who ever can pick exams or dissertation is really lucky. I thought most of us have to do both. I have 4 exams in Jan, roughly one or two assignments every week (last deadline is the last week till xmas) and then dissertation hand in in April.
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(Original post by briadawes)
Hi, I'm in my second year of university, studying criminology and sociology at St Mary's Uni.
I'm already thinking ahead to my dissertation next year.
One of my friends at a different university said to me she has the option to pick exams or her dissertation. I was just wondering if that's the case at every university or she is just lucky enough to have that option.
Thank you!
It definitley varies by uni. At my uni in third year I had the choice of a dissertation or just doing another standard module and most of our final year modules were 100% coursework.
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