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Just graduated from the University of Nottingham with a high 2:1 in Economics, sadly missed a 1st by 1% which rather sums up 2020 so far. Am happy to answer any questions current, or prospective, students have about the course/university/modules etc.

For a bit of background I didn't do Maths A-Level but I did do Economics A-Level and my year averages at uni were 61% in 2nd year and 70% in 3rd year. Hit me up with any questions
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I am wanting to do civil engineering at Nottingham and was just wondering what the accommodation was like? I know all the accommodation on campus is catered but is there anything that you really liked/disliked about it?

Also how easy is it to get into Nottingham itself from the main campus?
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Accommodation wise you're right in that all on-campus halls are catered, however there are also self-catered options off-campus, whichever you prefer does really come down to personal preference. I was on-campus in Hugh Stewart Hall and did enjoy my time there but as with anything there are pros and cons. Some pros ate that you will be on-campus so will be closer to lectures and resources etc. than if you were off-campus (but depending on your hall, it can still be a bit of a walk!), another is obviously you don't have to worry about cooking at all, although the set times for meals are quite restrictive (rarely made it to breakfast and dinner finished at 7ish if I remember rightly). In terms of getting to town it's really easy tbh about a 15 minute bus ride in and the buses run straight from campus but you rarely have reason to go in 1st year at least (bar clubbing ofc) and it's very easy to get locked up on campus!

Hope this helps, any other questions feel free to ask!

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I am wanting to do civil engineering at Nottingham and was just wondering what the accommodation was like? I know all the accommodation on campus is catered but is there anything that you really liked/disliked about it?

Also how easy is it to get into Nottingham itself from the main campus?
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Hi I am a Year 2 Econ student at UoN as well. I have got some questions regarding the Year 3 Econ cirriculum:
1. What Year 3 modules did you take? How did you find them? Tough? Boring? Interesting? Maths overloading?
2. How did you start with the dissertation module? What was the topic of your dissertation?
3. How do you plan for your future career? Will you do a master?
4. How did you fee about the Year 3 cirriculum as a whole? Is it way more stressed than Year 2 one?

I am very worried about the dissertation as I really do not how to find a topic I am interested in.
Thank you very much.
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Hey Icaruschan11 I have not done my dissertation or anything but I've been reading The Economist and in it you should find so many topics that you find interesting.
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Hi I am a Year 2 Econ student at UoN as well. I have got some questions regarding the Year 3 Econ cirriculum:
1. What Year 3 modules did you take? How did you find them? Tough? Boring? Interesting? Maths overloading?
2. How did you start with the dissertation module? What was the topic of your dissertation?
3. How do you plan for your future career? Will you do a master?
4. How did you fee about the Year 3 cirriculum as a whole? Is it way more stressed than Year 2 one?

I am very worried about the dissertation as I really do not how to find a topic I am interested in.
Thank you very much.
So my year 3 modules were:
Advanced Development Economics (67%)
Advanced International Trade (74%)
Dissertation (70%)
Advanced Political Economy (74%)
Advanced Behavioural and Experimental Economics (63%)
Economic Policy Analysis II (72%)

On the whole they were good, I probably found this year the most interesting of my 3 because you get the freedom to specialise and pick what you want, although obviously some modules are more interesting than others. Personally, for example, I really liked Development and political economy but I’m sure others found them boring; it all depends on interests! I didn’t do maths A Level and while I’m not bad at maths I am much better at writing essays etc. so focused my module selection on that really. My advice when picking modules is looking at past papers on the moodle website seeing the format of the exam and the average marks each year as a guide but also you’ll have a vague idea of what you’ve found interesting from years 1/2 already.

Dissertation always seems more daunting than it is, just think of things you’re interested in (doesn’t have to be classic Economics stuff!!) and then read around these topics on google scholar etc. My advice, and what I wish someone had told me this time last year, would be don’t try and make your dissertation topic “exceptional”. What I mean by that is you don’t have to pick a really niche topic never done by anyone else before, you’re much better off picking something simple that you’re interested in and can attack from a new angle. I had serious problems with my dissertation this year (got an unexpectedly bad mark in my proposal and had a significant difference of opinions with my supervisor who also happened to be my personal tutor leading to some bridges being burnt and me changing both topic and supervisor in January). In the end I still did well and got 75 in my hand-in but because of my proposal mark it was reduced to 70.

Future careers wise it’s difficult atm because of COVID-19 obviously. I had planned to take this year out and do internships/travel etc. although neither really look likely atm sadly! So I’m reconsidering what to do now, whether that be a law conversion or applying for grad schemes for next year. What I would say is just try and get as much experience as possible really, but don’t let this come at the expense of your degree grade as you only get one shot at that!

Year 3 is stressful in the sense you put far more pressure on yourself to do well, but in a weird way I also found it ‘easier’ (although this could be because I really didn’t work in my first term of year 2 so got a high 2:2). My lowest mark this year was a 63 and I scored a first in every other bar 1 exam, as long as you do the work then you’ll get a good grade. Take me for example, I really didn’t work in 2nd year as I said (massive regret now) and came out with an average of 61%. In 3rd year I put in the work and got 70% and, had I not had the issues with my old supervisor and dissertation, would have got a First Class Degree.

Hope all this helps, feel free to private message me or reply if you want any more advice or have any more questions about diss or year 3!
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What's Nottingham like for master's students?
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(Original post by Icaruschan11)
Hi I am a Year 2 Econ student at UoN as well. I have got some questions regarding the Year 3 Econ cirriculum:
1. What Year 3 modules did you take? How did you find them? Tough? Boring? Interesting? Maths overloading?
2. How did you start with the dissertation module? What was the topic of your dissertation?
3. How do you plan for your future career? Will you do a master?
4. How did you fee about the Year 3 cirriculum as a whole? Is it way more stressed than Year 2 one?

I am very worried about the dissertation as I really do not how to find a topic I am interested in.
Thank you very much.
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Just graduated from the University of Nottingham with a high 2:1 in Economics, sadly missed a 1st by 1% which rather sums up 2020 so far. Am happy to answer any questions current, or prospective, students have about the course/university/modules etc.

For a bit of background I didn't do Maths A-Level but I did do Economics A-Level and my year averages at uni were 61% in 2nd year and 70% in 3rd year. Hit me up with any questions
Congrats I'm a high 2:1 grad myself but Nottingham Business school!

Are you gonna do a master's?

I'm headed to the Netherlands for mine....

What would your economics knowledge project for the 2020-21 job's market.
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Congrats I'm a high 2:1 grad myself but Nottingham Business school!

Are you gonna do a master's?

I'm headed to the Netherlands for mine....

What would your economics knowledge project for the 2020-21 job's market.
Thanks, you too!

Not sure quite yet what to do atm, having a long hard think this summer. I was thinking about a masters because of the current situation but I'm from London where the fees are just exorbitant and basically too much to justify. Was thinking of applying to European ones but wasn't sure whether they'd be open or not in September etc so didn't go for it in the end. Contemplating doing a law conversion or applying for 2021 grad schemes atm but which I'll do I couldn't say. Good luck on your masters though!

Haha I fear you expect too much of me with a question like that but from my vague understanding of the situation so far it seems likely retail/hospitality sector will be the hardest hit so youth unemployment will probably rise. In truth we'll only fully know the effects when the furlough scheme ends, or even later, but I don't think it'll be good to say the least...
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What's Nottingham like for master's students?
Afraid I didn't do a masters at Notts so can't offer any advice on that, sorry!
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Thanks, you too!

Not sure quite yet what to do atm, having a long hard think this summer. I was thinking about a masters because of the current situation but I'm from London where the fees are just exorbitant and basically too much to justify. Was thinking of applying to European ones but wasn't sure whether they'd be open or not in September etc so didn't go for it in the end. Contemplating doing a law conversion or applying for 2021 grad schemes atm but which I'll do I couldn't say. Good luck on your masters though!

Haha I fear you expect too much of me with a question like that but from my vague understanding of the situation so far it seems likely retail/hospitality sector will be the hardest hit so youth unemployment will probably rise. In truth we'll only fully know the effects when the furlough scheme ends, or even later, but I don't think it'll be good to say the least...
Luckily i held two master's offers.... Leed's and Groningen.... Thinking that Europe wouldn't open in September... Little did i know the UK would end up botching it so spectacularly 😂. But my first choice was Netherlands... Also had Manchester but still, something seemed more appealing about having a Dutch and British degree 😂. Luckily i made the right decision... Leeds starts in January now!!! Netherlands I'm moving on August 12th and classes are at least half in person from September 1st.

Yeah but slowly the News flow has turned to big corporations doing lay offs... Troubling times... I'm hoping i find something since i have two job markets i should have an angle in, Netherlands and UK... But I'm not super optimistic, just glad to be leaving UK for a bit...mental note UK and pandemics aren't a good mix 🇬🇧😂😂😂.
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So my year 3 modules were:
Advanced Development Economics (67%)
Advanced International Trade (74%)
Dissertation (70%)
Advanced Political Economy (74%)
Advanced Behavioural and Experimental Economics (63%)
Economic Policy Analysis II (72%)

On the whole they were good, I probably found this year the most interesting of my 3 because you get the freedom to specialise and pick what you want, although obviously some modules are more interesting than others. Personally, for example, I really liked Development and political economy but I’m sure others found them boring; it all depends on interests! I didn’t do maths A Level and while I’m not bad at maths I am much better at writing essays etc. so focused my module selection on that really. My advice when picking modules is looking at past papers on the moodle website seeing the format of the exam and the average marks each year as a guide but also you’ll have a vague idea of what you’ve found interesting from years 1/2 already.

Dissertation always seems more daunting than it is, just think of things you’re interested in (doesn’t have to be classic Economics stuff!!) and then read around these topics on google scholar etc. My advice, and what I wish someone had told me this time last year, would be don’t try and make your dissertation topic “exceptional”. What I mean by that is you don’t have to pick a really niche topic never done by anyone else before, you’re much better off picking something simple that you’re interested in and can attack from a new angle. I had serious problems with my dissertation this year (got an unexpectedly bad mark in my proposal and had a significant difference of opinions with my supervisor who also happened to be my personal tutor leading to some bridges being burnt and me changing both topic and supervisor in January). In the end I still did well and got 75 in my hand-in but because of my proposal mark it was reduced to 70.

Future careers wise it’s difficult atm because of COVID-19 obviously. I had planned to take this year out and do internships/travel etc. although neither really look likely atm sadly! So I’m reconsidering what to do now, whether that be a law conversion or applying for grad schemes for next year. What I would say is just try and get as much experience as possible really, but don’t let this come at the expense of your degree grade as you only get one shot at that!

Year 3 is stressful in the sense you put far more pressure on yourself to do well, but in a weird way I also found it ‘easier’ (although this could be because I really didn’t work in my first term of year 2 so got a high 2:2). My lowest mark this year was a 63 and I scored a first in every other bar 1 exam, as long as you do the work then you’ll get a good grade. Take me for example, I really didn’t work in 2nd year as I said (massive regret now) and came out with an average of 61%. In 3rd year I put in the work and got 70% and, had I not had the issues with my old supervisor and dissertation, would have got a First Class Degree.

Hope all this helps, feel free to private message me or reply if you want any more advice or have any more questions about diss or year 3!
Is it very hard to score above 80%?
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Is it very hard to score above 80%?
Nearly impossible... 82 is generally the max I've seen. Unless it's a quantitative subject.. Then it's highly uncommon but possible.
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Thoughts on Industrial Economics over in the Business School?
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Can Nottingham economic grads directly find a job after doing the degree without doing a master? I'm considering to change my course to economic but not quite sure it's degree empolyability for international student(I mean if anything is normal and without virus)
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Thoughts on Industrial Economics over in the Business School?
I just graduated from this course with a First, so happy to help! Anything you want to know in particular?
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Just graduated from the University of Nottingham with a high 2:1 in Economics, sadly missed a 1st by 1% which rather sums up 2020 so far. Am happy to answer any questions current, or prospective, students have about the course/university/modules etc.

For a bit of background I didn't do Maths A-Level but I did do Economics A-Level and my year averages at uni were 61% in 2nd year and 70% in 3rd year. Hit me up with any questions
(Original post by Icaruschan11)
Hi I am a Year 2 Econ student at UoN as well. I have got some questions regarding the Year 3 Econ cirriculum:
1. What Year 3 modules did you take? How did you find them? Tough? Boring? Interesting? Maths overloading?
2. How did you start with the dissertation module? What was the topic of your dissertation?
3. How do you plan for your future career? Will you do a master?
4. How did you fee about the Year 3 cirriculum as a whole? Is it way more stressed than Year 2 one?

I am very worried about the dissertation as I really do not how to find a topic I am interested in.
Thank you very much.
What was your experience like that Nottingham, like the teaching and stuff?
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Is it stupid to do Econ, if you hated Maths A level. I love Economics A level basically but hate A level maths. What sort of options are there for me?
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Can Nottingham economic grads directly find a job after doing the degree without doing a master? I'm considering to change my course to economic but not quite sure it's degree empolyability for international student(I mean if anything is normal and without virus)
Yeah definitely you can, just requires you to put time into application process for firms etc. Would recommend trying to get a summer internship in 2nd year, makes your life a bit easier especially if you do well as some firms will offer you a job afterwards!
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Just graduated from the University of Nottingham with a high 2:1 in Economics, sadly missed a 1st by 1% which rather sums up 2020 so far. Am happy to answer any questions current, or prospective, students have about the course/university/modules etc.

For a bit of background I didn't do Maths A-Level but I did do Economics A-Level and my year averages at uni were 61% in 2nd year and 70% in 3rd year. Hit me up with any questions
Wait isn't the weight 33 and 67? How did you miss by only 1%
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