seasonsolstice asked: would you recommend nottingham for zoology? it does look great, but i'm having real trouble narrowing all these unis down, i just want to do everything! what's your favourite and least favourite part about the course?:)
Hey! I most certainly would recommend it, but I am biased. I know exactly what you mean, looking at different unis and what they have to offer is so daunting. I’m feeling that looking at masters courses right now!
My favourite parts of zoology at Nottingham are:
- The field courses. You have the chance to go to the Peak District and Portugal in your second year. If you do pick Nottingham, GO TO PORTUGAL. It’s the best field course ever. You can also go to Egypt for your final year project which I sort of wish I did now, it’s meant to be beautiful.
- The lecturers are great. It took me a while to get used to them, but they’re really interesting people, and if you show an interest they’ll give you a lot of attention.
- Nottingham teaches the only masters degree in biological (aka wildlife) photography, and you can do a module in photography in your second and third years. I did both. They’re great modules (although I’m not a fan of those lecturers) and it’s a brilliant break from essay writing.
Some of the not so good parts:
- First year modules are not good. In second and third year you have a lot of choice, I picked mostly conservation/ecology/field course modules. First year you HAVE to do microbiology, human physiology and pharmacology, plant science, genes and cellular control… gah. But you first year doesn’t count towards the final mark and this might be the same for other unis. Visit this website to check out the modules: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/courses/biology/bsc-biology.aspx
- Other unis do have field courses too, and from seeing people talking on tumblr I know other unis have great zoology modules too. I wish I’d had more taxonomy-based modules, learning species identification.
- Sometimes I feel that we don’t have as much attention from lecturers and careers advice as I’d like.
- When you do a final year project, you can either independently organise your own or pick a rough category (e.g. ecology and behaviour, parasitology, plants) and the lecturers allocate you a specific topic. The uni organised ones are dreadful, in my opinion. Just really boring. I organised my own and I’m relieved I did.
Yeah that’s everything I can think of in terms of pros and cons… but let me know if you have any more questions, and let me know if you pick Notts! I wouldn’t change my choice to go here :)