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    A few questions:
    Are lectures challenging/engaging enough?

    What's the Philosophy department like? (Or what's the feel of the Humanities departments?) How do you feel about the choice of modules on offer?

    What are the tutorials (if applicable) typically like?

    Is the workload/style of teaching such that you make significant improvements quickly?

    Asking because I accepted a Clearing place at Birmingham after missing my offer by two grades and am having a disappointing experience - lecturers aren't especially enthusiastic and seem to act like the students have the minds of hyperactive toddlers ("that would be far too complex to cover, we'll focus on the nice and simple part", "you don't need to spend more than half an hour on next week's seminar preparation"), the level of material covered in lectures is so basic I feel patronized (coming from someone who hasn't done Philosophy in school before), nobody talks in the infrequently-held seminars, and there's only two assessments per semester per module and the refusal to give feedback on drafts makes me feel I'm not improving as much as I'd like to. Therefore thinking of dropping out and reapplying to Durham/Bristol/UCL.

    Long-term goal is to try and carve out an academic career in Philosophy. Do not feel like I'd be able to put in anywhere as good a Masters application as I'd like to after 3 years at Birmingham at this stage.
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    I don't have much experience with these unis or depts but there are a few things that I think you should think about.

    Have you made anyone aware of how you feel about your current course? Your tutor is the first person to talk to. What do other students think? Different people have different leaning styles just as different depts have different teaching styles. Have you considered visiting one of the other unis you're considering to get a feel for them? Where do grads from Brum end up? Have you tried talking to careers or academics in your dept about your career plans and how you can achieve them?
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    (Original post by alleycat393)
    I don't have much experience with these unis or depts but there are a few things that I think you should think about.

    Have you made anyone aware of how you feel about your current course? Your tutor is the first person to talk to. What do other students think? Different people have different leaning styles just as different depts have different teaching styles. Have you considered visiting one of the other unis you're considering to get a feel for them? Where do grads from Brum end up? Have you tried talking to careers or academics in your dept about your career plans and how you can achieve them?
    I'm a joint honours student and my first port of contact(my tutor) is in the other department and isn't an academic so she could only suggest I go see someone suitable in Philosophy so that's what I've been trying to do but locating someone is in itself turning out to be difficult.

    I've researched and visited Durham, which I really liked and I've heard Bristol has a similar feel. Have also visited a number of London universities so I have an idea of what going to UCL would be like. Honestly, the other students seem pretty unbothered by the the things I've outlined - the one thing the ones I've spoken to agreed upon is how basic the material covered in lectures feels. My other department is Maths, which given the passion of the lecturers, the pace of learning and higher workload, feels like a better quality quality department in general and I'm looking for somewhere that delivers the same for Philosophy seeing as that is where I see myself careerwise.
 
 
 
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