LizT Same same but different

midgetgem said:
I was in the university of ulster last year, If its Jordanstown you're thinking of going to, I'd really advise against it, its outside belfast with no community at all, if there is a course for u in Queens I would jump at it, its a great university.

Completely disagree!!
I'm in Jordanstown at the minute and it's great craic! I live on campus and there's a good atmosphere here. The university itself is like any other - if you're not going to participate in events of course you're not going to enjoy it!
Queens is a good university, but like trinity it's spread over a large area, meaning if you're doing a business course, you'll be stuck in the business area and won't see much of the campus!

They don't do my course in Queens anyway and the standard of SLT graduates from UUJ is very high.

LizT Same same but different

Ok for some reason I can't edit my original post, but I have time on my hands so now I'll expand on the course.

I'm currently studying Speech and Language Therapy in the University of Ulster. The course is three years long, unlike UCC, TCD and NUIG. The advantage of this is the we get out on placement in first year and get to do therapy and assessment.

Basic structure of course:
Linguistics - This is basically learning the theory of language. A lot of seems completely irrelevant but once you start to learn about language deficits etc, it becomes clear why we learn it. It is especially relevant on placement.
Health Communication and Psychology: Not sure if this is done in other universities. We basically study basic psychology from a health science POV - i.e. How some one will feel when hospitalized etc. We also do group work on communicating with other health professionals - OTs and physios mainly.
Applied Linguistics - This is looking at linguistics from a clinical POV - i.e. How the theory accounts for language disorders, what assessments you would use, and possible treatments. Invaluable for placement.
Sciences- We do physics - resonance of the vocal cavity etc.
We also do basic anatomy of the brain and body.

Semester 2:
Placement: We did our paediatric placement in semester 2. We spent four days observing SLTs and then 12 days carrying out assessment and therapy. This is where you will learn the most as not everything is as clear cut as the books and lectures make out - e.g. What works for one child may not work for another. Our placement report at the end of the year is worth 50% of the final grade for the module.

Yr 2
This year is all about adults - aquried neuro disorders. We're starting an observation placement soon, but we won't be able to carry out any treatment or assessment until the end of the year, as there is so much to learn!

Because it is a 3 year course, the workload is fairly big. However this is the same for the 4 year course, work might be spread out a bit more. There is a lot of reading required for some modules and A LOT of preperation for placement.
Basically if you're looking for a course where you can go to lectures once in a blue moon, this is not the course for you! Attendance is essential as missing even one lecture can set you back a few weeks while you read up on what you missed.

Think that's it! Anymore questions PM me!
Sorry this post is so long!

JohnG18 Registered User

BSc in Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition in DIT (Cathal Brugha St)


Number of students:

First year: ~27
Second year: ~29
Third year: ~31
Fourth year: Unknown as there hasn't been a fourth year yet.

Course Discription:
A nutraceutical is any substance that is a food or a part of a food and provides medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease. Such products may range from isolated nutrients, dietary supplements and specific diets to designer foods, herbal products and processed foods such as cereals, soups and beverages which ultimately optimise health and nutrition. The mission of this programme is to educate students in a comprehensive range of disciplines including scientific, technological and culinary areas in order to meet with the requirements of the nutraceutical and functional food industries. Our goal is to teach our students fundamental science as it is applied to nutraceutical systems and to show its application to the solution of problems in food related health and nutrition.

First Year
Mathematics for Scientists
Computer Applications
Communications and Industry Studies
Organic Chemistry
Ocupational Health and Safety Management

Second Year
Food Microbiology and Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Food and Pharmaceutical Instrumentation
Organic Chemistry
Diet, Health and Disease
Statistics for Scientists
Food Processing

Third Year
Nutraceutical Food Quality Control
Nutraceutical Product Development
Sensory Evaluation
Health and Safety and Culinary Skills
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Food Chemistry, Biotechnology
Medicinal Chemistry
Nutraceutical Microbiology
Shelf-Life Management
Food Process Technology

Final Year - This is most likely going to change with the first set of 4th years next year.

Advanced Nutraceutical/Food Microbiology
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Marketing and Regulatory Affairs
Functional Food Processing Aspects
Optional Module
Industrial Placement

The Good

Small class sizes mean extra attention from lectures.
Gives experience of both Pharmaceutical and Food Science with more emphasis on Nutraceutical Science in 3rd and 4th year.
This is an emerging industry in Europe which is intresting to be in an emerging science field.
The hours are usually 9-5 but with ample breaks during the day and usually no class on friday or short hours.
You get to do Kitchen and Larder in 3rd year where you get to take advantage of the skills of the School of Culinary Arts.

The Bad

Physics in first year is in Kevin St with a large time gap usually.


Many people choose this course as they thought it was similar to Dietetics, however it is more so the use of Functional Foods in a Pharmaceutical manner. As it is an emerging industry and science I personally find it interesting and the possibilities of pursuing research is a nice thought. This degree will give a good backround in both Food and Pharmaceutical Sciences giving possibilities of derivation into various fields.,27558,en.html

Any information in regards to this PM me or alternatively Email the Course Coordinator he is more than helpful.

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Misty Chaos Registered User

550 points last year but this is based on a portfolio score as well as Leaving Cert points. You need to get at least 240 points from the portfolio to get considered for the course.

Number of students:
40 students in first year, split into 2 groups. This number usually drops drastically before the end of 1st year, though.

Course Description

This is a three-year visual design degree that prepares students for careers in the print, digital media and graphic design industries. The course develops students’ knowledge of the concepts and processes that are integral to effective design. By following the course the student will achieve a high level of skill in areas such as visualisation, illustration, typography, design and print production.

The course focuses primarily on visual communication – design is the key element. Visual design is the process and art of combining text and graphics to communicate a clear and effective message in the design of products such as logos, illustrations, brochures, posters, web sites, signage and any other type of visual communication.

Much of the course is project based allowing students to develop their creative, practical and intellectual skills within a structured environment supported at all stages by a dedicated and professional staff team.

The programme encourages students to discover their own creative potential and abilities through experimentation of various media and design practices. Skills in typography, photography and design are developed through a series of structured projects encompassing topics such as identity design and branding, packaging, book and magazine design, information and interactive media design.

The availability of a fully equipped off-set printing workshop within the Department provides students with the experience of bringing their designs from concept to finished product using standard commercial processes and techniques.


Semester 1

Introduction to Printing
Photography & Image Capture
Design Principles & Practice 1
Creative Image Making 1
Contextual Studies 1

Semester 2

Creative Technology 1
Design Principles & Practice 2
Creative Image Making 2
Typography 1
Visual Culture,an Introduction


Print Making
Free Choice Module

Semester 3

Design - Corporate Identity
Typography - Editorial
Visual Culture: Communication
Print Production (1)
Creative Technology -Editorial


Free Choice Module
Illustration - Principles

Semester 4
Print Production (2)
Creative Technology - Digital
Design - Packaging


Business Principles for Design
Free Choice Module
Photographic Visualisation

Semester 5

Design - Branding
Visual Culture and Society
Typography Experimental
Creative Technology - Web


Design Digital Image
Free Choice Module

Semester 6

Visual Culture: Dissertation
Professional Practice
Design - Promotion
Advanced Printing Technology

Free Choice Module
Design Narrative


I started this course under an older system before modules were brought in. The workload was reasonable then. However, since the introduction of modules in 2008 across CIT, the workload got inhumanely heavy. As this course is continuous assessment based, the idea of having 3 such projects all coming in ON THE SAME DAY is just ludicrous and led to lots of sleepless nights for a lot of people. This was the 1st semester. 2nd semester was reasonable in my experience, though.

I've heard that current 3rd years had EIGHT projects due in a very short space of time.

The Good
Small course
Computers all relatively up to date
A few good lecturers
Small Department, not much wondering around the college from class to class.

The Bad
Insane workload under module system
Isolated from other creative courses
College in general poorly managed

Graphic Design is not for everyone. It can be very difficult to grasp. If your want to do it, you have to be willing to be 110% dedicated to it. However, I personally DO NOT recommend this course to anyone who wants to pursue Graphic Design seriously owing to it being isolated from creative hubs ( its currently based in Bishopstown campus, along with the engineering and other such courses. ) and the fact that the college is poorly run. You better off doing it somewhere else like ICAD or Dun Laoghaire.

If anyone has questions, feel free to PM me.

eVeNtInE Registered User

This thread's for people posting about their college course, not for people to ask if someone has done a course on the off-chance that they read the thread - have a read of the thread rules on the first page please.

poisonated Registered User

Arts - NUIG

I will focus on 2 aspects here:

course:it is very interesting.There is a wide variety of subjects available.You are able to get a taste for all the different subjects in the first week or 2 by attending introductory classes.I am doing psychology,French,English and sociological and political studies.One thing I will say is that it is quite difficult to get to know people as it is such a large course.I was quite surprised with the amount of biology involved in psychology.I have a passion for French so that wasn't really a problem.A surprising amount of the French course is in English.I like reading so there is no problem there either.For the first semester,you do poetry and drama.For the second semester,you read novels such as catcher in the rye etc.Sociological and political studies is very interesting.I do not have a great interest in politics myself but I would imagine that if you are interested in it,you would like it.You also learn about different sociological issues such as crime and deviance etc.

college:It is a very nice college with plenty of facilities.The sports facilities there are very good and the college bar is really nice! I would advise against going to corrib village.The accomadation there is awful.There are some good parties there though.


TSM French and Spanish- Trinity College.

I'm in first year and I've only spent 6 weeks on the course, but transferred from a similar course in which I was only taking the language modules of both languages. So far it has been ok, although it personally has been a little problematic on the literature front, as I had missed certain lecture series in French and Spanish. In French you study in first year: Intro to Contemporary France (1 lecture in French and 2 tutorials), 1 oral French tutorial, French texts and one tutorial, and one French grammar lecture. I'll be honest and say that I find the course challenging, as a high fluency is envisaged when you enter, imo. The oral French tutorial has been tough, but it has improved my comprehension nonetheless. One issue that I do have is that our grammar lectures will be conducted in French after christmas (grammar lecturer is going on maternity leave and other lecturer is French) , which is going to cause problems as we'll have to master grammar (which can be difficult) in French. Hopefully it's not going to be too bad.

Spanish, on the other hand, has been fantastic. Although my opinion is biased I have found the department and staff great, lovely and genuinely nice. In first year you have 2 grammar lectures, 1 oral tutorial, 1 listening comprehension tutorial, 1 lecture on Spanish/Latin American literature. After christmas we'll begin to have one extra lecture on Intro to Modern Spain. The listening class has been great and effective. It's a pity French don't organise something like that, but that's my personal opinion. Spanish is also open to beginners, and I've heard they get a fair bit of language support.

Any other questions feel free to pm.

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Pembily Registered User

Course - Mechanical Engineering in GMIT

Year - 4 years for an Honours Degree but you get an Ordinary Degree after 3 years.

Sorry not sure of points or places but you do not need honours maths to get into the course!!!

Content - It is maths based alot, I did Hns Maths, Hns Chemistry and Pass Physics and having done them really helped!!! The course is tough, mostly guys (I was one of 5 girls in 1st year but am the only girl in 4th year) but it is a very good rewarding varied course.

Subjects 1st - 3rd year include (names vary year to year
Engineering Science - basically physics and chemistry

Control Engineering - sensors, how to control stuff (lights, tv, heating systems), very physicy

Thermodynamics / Fluid Mechanics - how liquids and heat affect each other

Mechanical Engineering - varies depending on the year - cams, breaks and other car stuff like that, how they work and how to design them, stress and strain - where, when and how stuff (steel beams, bridges, concrete, aluminium) will break and how to design it against failure.

Pro Engineer - A 3D computer engineering design program

Manufacturing Engineering - varies depending on the year - making stuff on lathes, drills and other machines like that (made a vice grips), doing programming to make a CNC machine make a pen.

Mechanical Eng is a very very broad degree. In final year there are at the minute 3 streams you can do -

Biomedical - Very big area in Ireland and especially Galway, kinda recession proof too!! Very design based and biology based but suits some people...

Product Design - Very broad area and you can go into many areas (biomedical, insulation, car parts) once qualified!!! Again design based obviously but broader than biomedical!!

Energy - I am doing this stream and I love it, would kinda be a bit of an energy nerd!!! We are doing Energy Systems and Energy Management this year, systems is quite maths / electrical stuff and management is what is says!!! Also do sustainability which is how to keep the earth alive for us to live on it.

Timetable - I have always had at least 4 9am mornings and 4 6pm finishes... Timetable is always pretty hectic and have generally about 30hours a week!!!!

Any engineering course is practical and is taught better (in my opinion and I have been in an IT and a Uni) in an IT as they have the ability to practically teach it!!!
Love the course though Any other q pm me!!

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the-waterboy Registered User

Bio and Chem sciences in UCC

350 - down from 365 in previous years. [

Number of students:

2 or 3 lectures a day, 3 toutrails a week 2 two hour labs aweek, its grand
Course Content:
just 4 subjects all year which can get abit bouring
basicly is fair easyer than i thought it would be, i got 450 points did lower maths and chem was my only science subject and im doin grand with very little work. the tests are hard alright but if u just tip away and do abit of work each day u should pass

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lilmissprincess Registered User

UCC Drama and Theatre Studies
Course Code: CK106
Points 2009: 425, they went up from 375.
Number in Class: 24.

Course: I'm studying this with two Arts subjects, Economics and Celtic Civilisation. I was studying English at the start of the year but found it unstimulating and just not my cup of tea at all, however have heard from classmates studying English that it did get better! However, I LOVE Economics so I'm glad I changed.
Drama itself is made up, in first year of four different modules: Practical, Texts and Context, Study of Practitioners. For our first term, we studied Practical and Text and Contexts, culminating in our First Year Production of "A Dream Play". This term, the practical takes a smaller role, with the addition of study of practitioners and texts and contexts has gained an extra lecturer who does classes on history of drama. Its very much a hands on course. Three 9am-11am classes, one 12-3 class and a 5-6 class. We've done Yoga, Improv, Rewritten a play, different performance techniques ( in particular those of Chekhov) and learned lots about the worlds in which plays were created.
I plan on dropping this course next year as I've pretty much fallen in love with my two Arts Subjects and Drama isn't quite what I envisioned it to be. However, it is one of those courses where you have no choice but to bond with your classmates and from this I've made some really good friends! The lecturers are sound out, the workload isn't overly taxing, and its something very different that I would definitely reccommend.

College: An amazing place, UCC. I feel very at home here, theres stuff for everyone and anyone and the support systems in place for students are brilliant. I myself have found myself involved in Economics Society, Student Union Welfare, Student Council(as a class rep), I've attended Choral Soc, Dramat, Science Society events...the range is broad, afaik theres even a hot beverages society set up! UCC is definitely the place to be!

If you've any questions, just PM me!

Monkwood Registered User

I'm currently in 2nd Year, this is true as far as I can tell, but the finer points of the course are constantly changing. I've tried to get the most relevant things in without going overboard, but give me a shout if you want to know more.

740 - combination of HPAT and LC results. System is little complicated, but explained well in this document:

Number of students:

quite variable, starts off about 20 (10 hrs lectures, 10 hrs labs and tutorials) in first year, then increases up gradually. Placements can be very long days, often starting as early as 7.

Course Content:
Not going to dwell on the subjects much as this has been dealt with in previous posts. Some key things of note I think though are that you are being taught clinical skills in hospitals from the start of 2nd year, which is a recent addition; it used to be that alot of the basic clinical stuff (IV insertion, suturing, etc) was taught in the first couple of weeks as an intern.
Significant hospital placements start in 3rd year, and you are pretty much never on campus anymore; you get your lectures in hospitals. The first 2 years are mostly on campus though.
They've also just introduced a research project this year for 2nd years which is a significant commitment; 12 Monday afternoons and 2 solid weeks. This is good exposure to research and may get you published; very important later on when going for jobs.

There's no doubt that there is a lot of work to be done but the advantage is that you can more or less do it at your own pace. There are very few assignments, and they're mostly rather small, the real work comes in studying lectures. The field of Medicine has amassed an awful lot of knowledge over the years, so there is a lot to take in. Material is jammed into a single lecture that could be spread out over a few; however, the stuff isn't difficult, you just have to be sharp to keep up and take the time later to learn it all off. This usually isn't a problem for the kind of people getting Medicine though, but you will still have to commit a couple of hours to learn off each lecture. That's where the real time consuming part of Med school is.

Social Life:
Despite what most think, is rather good. The demographic in this course is quite unlike any other in that you will get about 20-30 North Americans (mostly Canadians), and about the same again of Malaysians/Muslims in addition to the Irish. These however, integrate surprisingly well, so is not a problem. As the HPAT has only just been introduced for this year's first years, there are a lot of marginally older people too, the likes who are a few years out of a physio course, or transferred from a Med-related science course, etc. This should take a few years to balance out, then it should be mostly LC students again in the Irish representative sample.
There are always people who will go out on to their weekly club, but the real fun lies on the trips and outside term; this is when Meds really let their hair down, and have got a reputation for it! You can expect anything from Meds on tour! But these are usually preceded by exam periods of complete social reclusion for up to 4 weeks at a stretch. Due to the highly demanding nature of the course, and the fact that the yearly timetable is very different to most other courses, you tend to socialize more with your classmates than other courses would, but with such a large class, you're bound to find a good core group of consistent friends to hang out with.

Job Outlook:
Pretty much recession-proof and transferable to anywhere in the world. You are pretty much guaranteed a job, but the higher ones are very competitive and the road is long. You are an eternal student and most career paths don't lend themselves very well to a good family life, or at least that's my impression, see here for more details:
The ones that do (GP) are very competitive to get on a training scheme.

The course is highly stimulating and very dynamic. You get great satisfaction, but is also very time consuming. "Hands-on" training begins very early on, and is a great break from lectures. Social life is great, but on a different schedule to most other courses. Employability is not a problem, you will always find a job.

Personal take:
The two best things I like about my course are:
-people: My classmates and I get on very well as we all have similar mindsets. Also, the people contact in hospitals; this is great, but don't do Medicine if you don't like talking with people, that's what you do most of the time, not medical procedures.
-science: This is a highly intellectually stimulating profession, where you constantly build your knowledge. Most other science based courses, unless you go into teaching or research, there is little application for what you've learnt. Medicine is great that way in that you know you will use what you learn in your job.

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dets said:
i really wan 2 do pharmacy, iv applied to english colleges jus in case and i am thinkin of puttin the royal college of surgeons down on the cao too, it's a lot of money to ask my parents to pay so if anyone is doin the course in royal college of surgeons i would love some feedback or even from those in trinity and ucc, hopefully thats wer i'l end up, fingers crossed!

ayumi said:
anyone doing pharmacy?

wireless101 said:
pharmacy anywhere

Hey, I'm in RCSI pharmacy. The course is mainly chemistry and biology but there are a few bits and bobs of physics too. The course is very interesting and really sciencey but you can't go in expecting to do lesser work than you did for the LC. We get to do a few modules with physios and meds too so that's defo a plus. The group is smallish(55 in my class) so it won't be too hard to settle in. Oh yeah, don't put off pharmacy if you don't do LC chem, RCSI doesn't require it but it takes a bit of work to catch up

@dets Yup, RCSI is under the free fees scheme. You only have to pay if you're non-EU or an EU student(repeats, matures and non-EUs who've been here for >3yrs).

electrogrimey Registered User

Just finished 1st year in Single Honours History in Trinity. I love it. If you really like history in school, you'll like it. It's different material, but generally the same type of thing. 1st year is medieval - 9th century to 17th century roughly. Single Honours only have 9 hours a week, that's one of the lowest hours in Trinity. There's loads of reading outside that, but generally it's quite a relaxed course. Trinity's as good as people say it is too.

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Noodleworm Registered User

I personally really like my course, having just done first year, but find a few people in my class just went into it without having a clue what it would be like, So I thought Id write a little bit bout what I think of it.

Type of person who would like this course
Put bluntly, Nerds. More precisely creative nerds. the audio-visual people. While this site doesn't really have have much programming or any hardware work it is largely based around computers, so you should enjoy this (facebook doesn't quite count). We do get away from the software a bit though and have lectures on aspects of communication, some sociology and even a little psychology. For these reasons a like of History and English would be good. You have to think about how things and people work, and use this to make your projects suit target audiences. We had many group assignments, in the first semester groups were picked for us so you don't worry about being left out.

My enjoyable moments of course (so far)
Using SLR cameras, watching many random movie scenes in classes, Learning to use recording studio, making tower out of paper for a class, making short videos, taking pictures of fake crime scene for website, lectures on comic books, anime and film noir.

The kinda Dull parts
Study skills- being told over and over how to reference. Very detailed lectures on the history of writing. long hours editing audio. fixing bugs on websites.

Less hours than most exams (at least in first year, all continual assesment) working in groups shares workload. Nice , friendly lecturers. Fun with technology. Probably not the hardest course you could do, few fail unless they do nothing. Less essays than other courses. Opportunity to be creative in your work. prepares you for possible in graphic design, web design, tv, radio, film, 3d, researching, game making, e-commerce. Most people in my class got in other ways than CAO points so high points shouldn't put you off.
Lots of independent work and research, lecturers won't spoon feed you everything. groups can get difficult to organise. Continual assessments can feel like more work than exams, keeps you busy. Some may find topics dull or useless. Not many jobs in these areas. have to choose between imaging , audio or video in second year, doesn't have the programming recommended for games industry.

well thats my rambling.
Pm me if you want

The_Dazzler Registered User

Currently after completing my first year of Pharmacy.

First year involved Medinal Chemistry, Physical Pharmacy, Intro to Pharmacy and Physiology. First year was quite relaxed. Apparently there is a big step up next year. Projects, presentations, essays every week.

I really enjoy Pharmacy and the course is very interesting especially the Physiology and the Pharmacokinetics. If you have ay more questions. Feel free to PM.

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