English Contact Hours at St Andrews University

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Hi, if anyone is studying English at St Andrews, I’d love to know how many contact hours you have a week? How many lectures and seminars do you have, and for how long? What’s the level of independent study like? Also how long do you spend on English compared to your other modules in your first two years? Thanks in advance
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Hi, if anyone is studying English at St Andrews, I’d love to know how many contact hours you have a week? How many lectures and seminars do you have, and for how long? What’s the level of independent study like? Also how long do you spend on English compared to your other modules in your first two years? Thanks in advance
you'll have to google the 'module catalogue' for contact hours - this differs much, much more between subjects than it does between unis....all unis except Oxbridge do not give Arts students very much contact hours.

The course is based strongly on independent study so there is a really light physical workload: you will only have 2 English essays (1500 or 2000 words) to write a whole semester... but you will be required to read one book every week to discuss about in your weekly tutorial.

There aren't many St Andrews English students on this site so I recommend you find the St Fessdrews facebook page and ask anonymously there!
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Hi, if anyone is studying English at St Andrews, I’d love to know how many contact hours you have a week? How many lectures and seminars do you have, and for how long? What’s the level of independent study like? Also how long do you spend on English compared to your other modules in your first two years? Thanks in advance
I know this is an old thread but I study English at St A's so thought I'd answer

In first and second year you'll have three lectures a week and one tutorial. Tutors also provide two hours (I think!) a week called 'office hours' where you can speak to them one-on-one - they are optional and most people don't use them, but definitely a good resource. Lectures run for 50ish minutes, sometimes overrunning depending on how quickly they get through the material. For all subjects the lecturers try their best to keep it to the time so that we get 5-10 mins to get between classes. Tutorials are also about 50 mins to an hour.

How much time you spend on English really depends on whether you've read the text in advance or not. If I could go back and do anything differently, it'd be to read most of the books over the summer hols because it's really, -really- hard to read Great Expectations in a week (I speak from experience ). In terms of independent study, English is mostly exactly that. If you haven't read or finished the text, the tutorial is going to be a painful one. The reading list has a lot of secondary readings and your tutors often recommend other books as well so you get to pick and choose exactly what kind of angle you're going for when you're writing your essays.

I did Modern History and Medieval History modules in first year and in comparison to those which I found a slog at times (-especially- Modern History), English was my favourite of the bunch. It's not an overwhelming amount of reading - about a book a week - so fairly manageable and all the more so if you get some of it read before term starts. Hope this helps
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I know this is an old thread but I study English at St A's so thought I'd answer

In first and second year you'll have three lectures a week and one tutorial. Tutors also provide two hours (I think!) a week called 'office hours' where you can speak to them one-on-one - they are optional and most people don't use them, but definitely a good resource. Lectures run for 50ish minutes, sometimes overrunning depending on how quickly they get through the material. For all subjects the lecturers try their best to keep it to the time so that we get 5-10 mins to get between classes. Tutorials are also about 50 mins to an hour.

How much time you spend on English really depends on whether you've read the text in advance or not. If I could go back and do anything differently, it'd be to read most of the books over the summer hols because it's really, -really- hard to read Great Expectations in a week (I speak from experience ). In terms of independent study, English is mostly exactly that. If you haven't read or finished the text, the tutorial is going to be a painful one. The reading list has a lot of secondary readings and your tutors often recommend other books as well so you get to pick and choose exactly what kind of angle you're going for when you're writing your essays.

I did Modern History and Medieval History modules in first year and in comparison to those which I found a slog at times (-especially- Modern History), English was my favourite of the bunch. It's not an overwhelming amount of reading - about a book a week - so fairly manageable and all the more so if you get some of it read before term starts. Hope this helps
Wow; this was extremely helpful, especially the reading advice 😁
Thank you!

I am also an incoming Fresher studying English: one who’ll be aiming to get her hands on Great Expectations and have a crack at it in pre-uni quarantine! 😄📖
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Wow; this was extremely helpful, especially the reading advice 😁
Thank you!

I am also an incoming Fresher studying English: one who’ll be aiming to get her hands on Great Expectations and have a crack at it in pre-uni quarantine! 😄📖
I’m glad it was useful! I’m just going into 2nd year so if you have any more questions about 1st year English, or St A’s in general, feel free to PM me and I’ll do my best to help
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