University of Sydney reviews

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This degree offers a range of various electives including languages, geography, literature etc.
The only negative would be the workload for some of the units which may be hard to do when studying full time

My advice to future students is: Good degree to experience a range of subjects especially for people who are uncertain about their interests

Completing in 2020

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For me, the first two years are fast-tracked science, maths and basic pharmacy subjects. At that time, it's hard to see how subjects like 'microbiology' will be relevant. But if you can stick it out, the third and fourth years are much more interesting. These years including the application of knowledge in clinical scenarios. I also enjoyed my placements much more as the course went on. The academics are friendly and even include clinical educators who are currently working e.g. hospital pharmacists. I found this inspiring and useful for networking later in my career.
There are no subject choices in this degree, and you generally can't take on extra peripheral units of study as you're already at capacity. This means the year cohorts are tight-knit.
You still need to do an additional intern year after Uni before applying for full registration as a pharmacist.

My advice to future students is: Make sure you work in a pharmacy before/while studying to make sure you really want to do this. I love my job as a pharmacist, make sure you do too.

Completed in 2008

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Positives: Quality of teaching staff was great. As well as the quality of your peers. Most people that attend this course are highly competitive, which helps to push you further. Good base to branch off into other more specialised fields.

Negatives: Not enough support given in regards to career options. Not enough information given to new students starting the degree on what units mean, and how to choose them. The course overall is very vanilla.

My advice to future students is: Don't skip/miss any statistics tutorials or lectures.

Completed in 2009

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Positives: Lots of research

Negatives: Not very practical

My advice to future students is: Research course before starting

Completed in 2018

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Positives: It's very elaborate and definitely a notch above the basics. It caters to a whole range of topics in Data science and you can clearly do this course and yet be employable for a lot of industries. Teachers are brilliant and the coursework is great

Negatives: The lack of ""applications"" in industries. Academia is great but it lacks how the industries use data science today and it would be good to hear industry speakers and how they are using these things in their companies

My advice to future students is: Get some work experience before you jump on the bandwagon. Understand what you want out of the course and what you intend to do with it. be proactive than reactive!

Completed in 2019

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Positives: The course enables students to broadly approach previous knowledge and methodology, and then once interest is developed, major in a specific area. The course enables access into some unique facilities and allows for intense learning into the facts of our physical and natural world. It enlightens you not only with physical facts but also how to use them. Very rewarding for someone who is unsure on what path they are set on.

Negatives: The course can sometimes be too broad. Beginning with areas of study an individual may not be interested in, but needs to be completed for the degree. The hours required to complete a science degree are very heavy, especially contact hours (hours you need to be present at university). The employability afterwards is very broad as well. There is nothing extremely specific that comes from just a science degree other than research careers.

My advice to future students is: Despite how uninteresting some junior units can be, work hard in them and find areas you are interested in. Work towards your interest from year 1 other wise it will leave you with disorganised units of study.

Completed in 2018

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Positives: Going to Sydney University has huge perks. The student life is amazing, the activity of the university is huge (a lot of groups, rallys, drives, parties, niches etc). Because of my HSC marks I was able to move to the Advanced stream for a biology subject I did, in the first year. In that subject we were in labs touching and dissecting body (animal) parts every week, which was really fun. There are also a lot of extra-curricular activities for a science subject, which I think is rare. Sydney Uni often hosts sciencey talks and festivals. The other advantage is there are SO many students - you will ALWAYS find help for some assignment or subject you're struggling with online.

Negatives: I had a really difficult time with the administration. To get special consideration (submitting an assignment or sitting an exam late because of some incident/injury/illness), you have to apply differently to each faculty - some of it in person. I ended up failing two subjects by technicality and having to wait 4 weeks to speak to anyone about it. Especially in the first few years, each subject has SO many students. It's very easy to have major issues if you are not in the mainstream. You won't have access to a subject coordinator, or sometimes even a tutor, depending on the subject. I also struggled to get my timetable to fit into less than 4 days even though I only had ~12 contact hours some semesters. The rules for which subjects you can do / when you can do electives (especially if you're doing a combined degree) is very very difficult to find and interpret!

My advice to future students is: Talk to someone who has been to the uni before to get their help setting up your subject plan and timetable for that semester. Also, don't buy all the ""compulsory"" textbooks (often they are barely used). Take advantage of online notes you can buy - sometimes a summary of the whole course at the beginning can make a huge difference. Get used to travelling to the uni and staying there - get to know the study spots you can hang out at until 10 or 11pm.

Completed in 2014

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Positives: It is a very well-rounded course, we have to complete studio design courses, technologies (construction knowledge), history as well as contract documentation, in order to graduate. It also provides us with art electives, such as screen printing, ceramics etc. As USYD is a highly reputable university, we are given wide range and high quality of resources, 24/7 access to the building for us to complete our projects.

Negatives: We aren't given many opportunities in terms of networking with professionals or architecture firms, which makes it quite difficult of fresh grads to land their first job as everywhere requires experience. It would be better if they have more networking events or internship programs liaised between the uni and the firms to help out graduates.

My advice to future students is: I would advice them to be 500% sure that architecture is exactly the path they would like to take as it is not an easy course and it requires a lot of time and effort to achieve good results.

Completing in 2020

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Positives: The most positive aspects of the course it allows for a lot of freedom of what you want to study. I could study Sociolinguistics, sociology, psychology, history, anthropology all in one course, so it was just a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge that an otherwise more specialised course (e.g. pharmacy) would not allow you to do. As such I was able to see what I liked and what I didn't like and didn't pick a course that I had to commit to and then became disillusioned with. A bachelor of arts let me see what I liked and what I didn't like and helped pave my current future now.

Negatives: The most negative aspect of a Bachelor of Arts is that it gives you no real opportunities with a career. It's broad because it doesn't provide a career path. The reality of a bachelor of arts that it is a filler course and I think if you want to focus on a career and be in a workforce, choose something that forces you to specialise.

My advice to future students is: Definitely enjoy your uni life. Really research what courses you want to do, weigh the options and don't waste time and money on a Bachelor of Arts. You can use it for a semester to dabble in different subjects, but I recommend going to a degree that will actually be useful for the future.

Completed in 2014

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Positives: My major was marketing. The course is very practical - involves lots of team work, presentation, conduct real market research etc.

Negatives: There are lots of theory works involved... I feel like I don't really need to apply those theories to the workplace.

My advice to future students is: I would suggest potential future students to work for 1-2 years before going to university - to find out what they are passionate about and what they good at.

Completed in 2013

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