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Transferring to Trinity 1st Year

  • 08-10-2016 3:36pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 4 Tk2398


    Currently a 1st year student in UCD Economics and Finance but I really don't like the course, there's far more maths than I expected and very little to no economics this year. The modules look slightly better for next year but you don't get to specialise until 3rd year and the course is only 3 years anyway. Obviously it would be easier to transfer internally but I haven't found another course that would interest me in UCD and so far don't like the college itself either.
    The course I would like to do is TSM Economics and Psychology, it was 3rd on my cao choices and to be honest it's the one that I really wanted to do most but I was too easily influenced by people telling me that the UCD course was the best in the country for career prospects etc. which is all well and good if you enjoy it but if not then what's the point?
    It's a very frustrating position to find myself in as I worked my arse off last year to do as well as possible (590 points) and I now find myself in a course I don't like. I know it's unlikely but is there any possible way to transfer to the TSM in Trinity this year instead of having to wait to reapply next year and paying extra fees?
    I'm planning to go into TCD Admissions on Monday but any additional advice would be much appreciated! Also an additional explanation for why exactly I'm not enjoying the course; all the modules are extremely analytical and mathematical and I didn't realise myself up until now but I have now realised that I prefer the humanities side of things i.e. dealing with issues related to people. Before choosing Economics and Finance I presumed this humanitarian side of me would be satisfied by the economics but the economics is virtually non-existent and the maths being done at the moment -calculus, functions etc. I have no interest in and hate at this stage... So any help on the transfer situation or just the situation at all would be great thanks!
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  • Registered Users Posts: 2 waterch5


    I can't provide any information about a transfer but I could give you my opinion, as a Trinity student of studying Economics in Trinity.

    First of all, I must say that I wish that I did a TSM in UCD instead. I just put TCD choices on CAO as I expected high scores in the Leaving Cert, did not think rationally about my college life.

    Here in Trinity (at least in Economics department) you have exams on week 8, most of them average 15% of your grade and some take home tests for some subjects such as maths. In summer, you give main exams on all subjects you picked throughout the year. It doesn't matter than one module was just a term, you will give the exam in the summer. Which is stupid, in my opinion. Also you will probably have 2 exams in the same day.. so it will be similar to the leaving cert every year.

    If you fail an exam you must give a supplemental in late August. If you fail a supplemental you must repeat the year. I believe in UCD ,they are less harsh about failing an exam and you can repeat it the next term while attending the module again, here in TCD you can't. Also,as far I know TSM students like you wish to be don't have supplemental exams in 3rd year onward . Therefore you fail an exam in 3rd year in May and you must repeat the year no matter how high you scored in the other subjects.

    I found most lecturers bad and you literally no module choice in Economics in the first 2 years of the course, I believe you have that in UCD.


    While I am not you, I suggest you really consider this transfer. Perhaps you might wish to do Economics and Psychology in UCD.
    Feel free to message me if you wish more information about the Economics courses in Trinity or anything else.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 346 ✭✭ reason vs religion


    waterch5 wrote: »
    I can't provide any information about a transfer but I could give you my opinion, as a Trinity student of studying Economics in Trinity.

    First of all, I must say that I wish that I did a TSM in UCD instead. I just put TCD choices on CAO as I expected high scores in the Leaving Cert, did not think rationally about my college life.

    Here in Trinity (at least in Economics department) you have exams on week 8, most of them average 15% of your grade and some take home tests for some subjects such as maths. In summer, you give main exams on all subjects you picked throughout the year. It doesn't matter than one module was just a term, you will give the exam in the summer. Which is stupid, in my opinion. Also you will probably have 2 exams in the same day.. so it will be similar to the leaving cert every year.

    If you fail an exam you must give a supplemental in late August. If you fail a supplemental you must repeat the year. I believe in UCD ,they are less harsh about failing an exam and you can repeat it the next term while attending the module again, here in TCD you can't. Also,as far I know TSM students like you wish to be don't have supplemental exams in 3rd year onward . Therefore you fail an exam in 3rd year in May and you must repeat the year no matter how high you scored in the other subjects.

    I found most lecturers bad and you literally no module choice in Economics in the first 2 years of the course, I believe you have that in UCD.


    While I am not you, I suggest you really consider this transfer. Perhaps you might wish to do Economics and Psychology in UCD.
    Feel free to message me if you wish more information about the Economics courses in Trinity or anything else.

    Your single biggest gripe seems to be that there are no Christmas exams. Personally, I like that Christmas can be used for relaxed reading and catch-up and prefer not having to endure two exam periods.

    Also, if you do Arts subjects, it's unlikely that you'd have two exams on one day, and they would be spread out. For instance, I had seven exams over four weeks last year.

    Lectures "bad"? I have my gripes, but I think the standard is generally pretty good and doubt UCD would be any better.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,379 ✭✭✭ newacc2015


    OP if you drop out within the first 6 weeks I think, you will get your fees refunded and you can reapply next year as a new CAO entrant. You wont pay extra fees

    If you fail exams in TCD and then the repeats. You can get super supps( another set of repeats).

    Honestly you need to speak to a tutor ASAP about your concerns. First year economics in most college is basically LC economics so you might want to consider that you are probably not missing out at all in first year


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