UNSW Sydney reviews

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Positives: The support that is provided in the course is great and the other students are friendly and if you enjoy all things business and economics, then this course would be amazing

Negatives: The uni is tiring to get to. The course can get quite mundane at times.

My advice to future students is: Know what you're getting yourself into.

Completing in 2020

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Positives: Decent subjects, nice range of staff members from various backgrounds, pretty good facilities available.

Negatives: They don’t cater to anyone who isn’t available to study full time which means if you are working in the field you basically have to put uni on hold. There aren’t any classes available outside 9-5 and the uni is unsympathetic and won’t try to adjust this. There is a definite dependency on international students which can be difficult for domestic students. The course structure can also be restricting depending on what sort of field you want to specialise in - ie we have almost no subjects regarding heritage architecture.

My advice to future students is: Examine how the uni is willing to accomodate students that are also working. Sydney University seems far better organised when it comes to realising students sometimes want to work while studying.

Completed in 2018

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Positives: - great faculty members. Tutors and lecturers are very knowledgeable. Most are working in the field which helps immensely.
- broad range of subjects to choose from including interdisciplinary subjects - ie subjects from other built environment degrees.
- nice uni and well maintained campus which is underdoing a fair amount of renovation.

Negatives: - our faculty is in need of renovation but there are no solid plans to do that yet.
- the university is moving into trimesters which may result in the same amount of work smushed into fewer weeks.
- architecture itself is a very stressful course and there aren’t many facilities available to students to just relax and hang out in our faculty.

My advice to future students is: I would examine how trimesters are going to run compared to semesters and take that into consideration when picking a university.

Completed in 2018

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Positives: The course is a well-rounded masters to accompany the undergraduate degree in architecture. UNSW have made efforts to include specialisations within the degree to allow you to maximise the two year course. These specialisations include Housing, Social Agency, Urban Planning and High Performance. The teaching staff are knowledgeable and most tutors work within the field, which allows for networking during your studies.

Negatives: The course works in isolation despite being taught in a building that holds at least four other built environment specialisations. Therefore you do feel disconnected from current issues in planning and urban design which are integral to the design process. I do believe some moves are being made to create multi-faculty degrees though. The faculty itself needs to be updated including more printers and computers for students and a bigger, friendlier student space for people to hang out or study.

My advice to future students is: Pick your electives outside of the architecture options available. Take advantage of the great options available in the town planning, urban design and landscape degrees.

Completing in 2019

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Positives: The learning content is very practical. It prompts you to get into the mind of both PR practitioner and the media through the choice of media/journalism courses. Assignments for the courses can be used as portfolios for interviews as well as to test one's skills. Lecturers are highly qualified and supportive. They provide decent feedback to assist in your career search/growth.

Negatives: Grading criteria can be harsh. Need to spend extra effort in communicating with lecturers. Also, most of the peers aren't from the industry, or might not be staying in Australia after graduation. So it is difficult to form a professional network for future career development.

My advice to future students is: Value in-person and email communications with lecturers, that will certainly help get more clarity and better grades. Moreover, the assignments aren't exactly overwhelming. You will benefit from starting early and taking it seriously, because they are what you might actually be doing in future.

Completing in 2019

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Positives: My course helps me to become vast in teaching, it boost my self confidence and my ability to stand in front of the crowd, as a result of effective teaching practices

Negatives: No negatives

My advice to future students is: Face your studies, graduate with flying colours and every other thing shall be added unto you

Completed in 2018

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Positives: It was interesting and engaged students on real life situations involving criminality. The course provides a theoretical insight into criminal behaviour which allows you to critically construct an analysis using both quantitative and qualitative data- allowing students to be able to think for themselves and build an argument. This sort of engagement was good.

Negatives: The social studies part of the course was boring and was not what i expected to do with my degree. Although i somewhat understood the necessity of it, to make it compulsory part of the course didnt seem needed. Also, the fact that they didnt reinforce work placement was definitely a negative as it is difficult to get a job with this degree without a source or connection.

My advice to future students is: Enjoy university while you can

Completed in 2017

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You're allowed to indulge your inner performer and give a breath-taking display of villainy. These opportunities arise every time someone asks: "But how can you defend someone that you know is guilty?"

My advice to future students is: Realize the possibilities. ...
Realize that a successful college career requires hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. ...
Don't defeat yourself. ...
Give Yourself a Reasonable Workload. ...
Realize the difference between bad excuses and good excuses. ...
If you are absent from a class, never ask your instructor, "Did I miss anything?"

Completing in 2019

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Positives: The course content itself is very interesting and while it covers a great deal of different aspects of psychology (history and the biology sides especially) the lecturers have found a way to keep it interesting and entertaining and enjoyable to learn.

Negatives: One particular unit is done completely online absolutely not face to face at all which can be okay but sometimes face to face is really important and helpful

My advice to future students is: Stay on task. Make sure you attend all tutorial and if not lectures then watch them as soon as. Make notes and then summarise them. Keep them organised

Completing in 2020

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Good mix of practical and theoretical components. Covers basic neuroscience (my major) across broad topics.

Negatives were the first 3 years made up of core science subjects ie nothing to do with elective/major. Only focused on your major in the late 3rd/4th year

My advice to future students is: Study what you’re passionate about

Completed in 2015

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