UNSW Sydney reviews

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UNSW Sydney ratings

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A little bit more about UNSW

The main campus of UNSW (University of New South Wales) is in the Sydney suburb of Kensington. They have another campus for Arts and Design in Paddington, Sydney and the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) which is a postgraduate management and business school that is part of the UNSW Business School.

We have a range of UNSW reviews from students across topics such as Science, Health (including Medicine), Business & Commerce, Arts, Engineering, IT and Sciences.

Here's some advice and tips based on the UNSW students reviews we've received:
Make sure you research the degree and major you definitely want to do;
The library has a huge availability of study resources;
Speak to and ask Q's of the lecturers - they may have the ability to put you in touch with the industry;
Join Communities and student groups are a great way to network and make friends;
Study in groups can help;
Try to get a placement and gain experience while you study;
Make use of Uni resources like Moodle, library access & Blackboard;
Study hard in the first year or so when subjects are easy and high marks are easy to achieve;
Don't fall behind in your studies, it's hard to make up.

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I found Uni.. Although I understand university is partially about self learning, some tutors take it to the extremes and don't seem to want to help. This makes me question why I paid so much tuition when they are not helping me do better. In terms of student life, there are a lot of clubs and volunteer services that helped relief stress. Overall, although I don't think it was worth the money, I did have an unforgettable experience.

Positives: The university has students from all over the world and provides basic facilities. Architectural education is typically not taught in lecture environments but studios, which is quite different from other courses and it is very challenging so once you made it through you feel like you can do anything.

Negatives: The university health service is always packed and there is no communal space for the faculty of built environment students. In my year, first year crucial course communications was changed. Instead of teaching technical skills, was taught about creativity. This made it difficult for following years. As a fresher, I struggled a lot and did not know where to seek help.

My advice to future students is: Make a lot of friends studying the same area so that you can help each other. The system for architecture is quite different from high school and most other university courses so you have to be good not only handling new things but also stress. You will want to quit at many points, but if you don't give up, you can make it through. Although few, there are good tutors who actually want to teach you so I hope you meet them.

Completed in 2015

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I found Uni.. The student experience was good but the education experience was not worth it. The university doesn't hire tutors that want to teach but for their status so teaching quality can be inadequate.

Positives: The university provides the basic facilities. I did Bachelors in the same Uni so I knew the system. The students were generally nice and helpful. The course prepared me a bit with an architectural exam that I have to take later for licence.

Negatives: Firstly, the tutors were uncaring, seem to be only doing it for the sake of it. Feedback I get are ambiguous and only tell what you did wrong after submissions and never tell you much on how it could have been better. Secondly, there was a period of time where around half of the lab computers were not working. Lastly, there is no common/break out space for architecture students, who arguably spend the most all-nighters in he university.

My advice to future students is: For Masters, the architectural programs won't be taught anymore so learn them before hand. Get close with the tutors as they are more likely to help you. Working in Uni labs is best when you have no motivation cause there are other students working as well. The program is very stressful so find time and ways to destress.

Completed in 2017

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I find Uni.. My overall experience at UNSW has been a pleasant one. Being mid-way through my degree, I have learnt a lot both academically and personally. UNSW has been a great source for making me learn more and appreciate the great Australian values and culture. Ideas of liberty, equality and democracy (things that I personally very highly value) are very prevalent throughout UNSW and I've come across many like-minded individuals allowing me better myself as a person. These factors overall, along with previously mentioned factors, have made my experience at UNSW a great one.

Positives: Firstly, UNSW is one of the highest ranked universities in Australia and is even very well respected globally. Being ranked in top 20 universities for Business Studies and Commerce world wide is the main reason why I had chosen to study at UNSW. From an academic point of view, I think UNSW is a great uni: the context taught in classes are very relevant and up to date which helps students prepare well for their careers. Additionally, I believe the staff (lecturers and tutors) employed at UNSW are of the best standard in terms of teaching. From my experience, my teachers have always facilitated a great learning environment, encouraging participation and active learning. My previous and current lecturers have always shown that they are extremely knowledgable in their field and have always succeeded in allowing me to fully understand key concepts which has enhanced my learning experiences immensely.

Negatives: Social life aspect and cultural diversity at UNSW could use some improvements. To be honest, the balance between academics and social could be enhanced. But to be fair, that is something to be expected from universities who are so well ranked and well respected: their academic standards are high hence why their degrees are valued by employers. Nonetheless, I believe there is still room to improve this balance. I'd recommend initiating more social events throughout the year as well as enrolling students from a wider range of backgrounds to allow a diverse ethnic and cultural learning environment.

My advice to future students is: If academics and your future career are your main priorities, then UNSW is an excellent university for you. The degree you gain from UNSW will add immense value to your career and will make you stand out in the eyes of employers. But what I didn't know before hand that I do now is that UNSW will demand handwork and dedication. The studies are not a walk in the park, but well worth it. Additionally, I'd highly recommend living on campus if that's in your options. The UNSW campus is very clean, modern and safe. Getting to class for me is very easy and the facilities offered by UNSW are excellent.

Completing in 2020

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I find Uni.. positive

Positives: friendly coursemates

Negatives: overlapping content

My advice to future students is: have an open mind

Completing in 2022

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I find Uni.. Great

Positives: The stuff we learned is from real industry and up

Negatives: Some courses such as MGMT are boring, and grades of students are really low

My advice to future students is: Be happy

Completing in 2020

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I find Uni.. It’s good

Positives: Workshops and consultation is really helpful

Negatives: Too many different kinds of course in 1.5 years

My advice to future students is: Try to do more internship before you graduate

Completed in 2018

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I find Uni.. My overall experience has been a positive one. The knowledge I've gained in the past few years has been more than I had expected. You will often meet some amazing people during your journey. In the end, many people are studying this unique course because of their own personal experiences.

Positives: Work placement is implemented into the course so we do a a years worth of placement. There are work integrated learning assistants and placement coordinators that help you through the process and help allocate you to what you would like to do in the future. As a student doing a double degree, I've learned both counselling skills and research skills which has broadened my job prospects. The academics are very knowledgable in their field and are extremely qualified to teach. There are often guest speakers who tell you about their field of expertise, as well as previous students who are now working full time. Assessments are marked strictly but only for the benefit of the students education. The cohort are mostly supportive and positive and provide great insight on topics in a different light.

Negatives: Group work is sometimes frustrating, as some students are not willing to put in enough effort until the last minute, or never. I've had very little personal experience of negative group work (maybe because I am lucky) but in many classes i've witnessed group issues.

My advice to future students is: If you are doing your timetable, check the location of the classes. Sometimes if classes are back to back, you may be able to get away with it if they are located close to each other. Walking from upper campus to lower campus will take you 10-15minutes. Studying social work and criminology means there is no black and white answer. Always go in with an open mind and open to other people's opinions. These may ultimately help you learn and grow as you progress through uni. At the same time, always think critically of the information you are provided. Your critical thinking ability will be one of the most important skills in the field.

Completing in 2020

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I find Uni.. average

Positives: there’s ILP year during our 4th year to help us publish our work

Negatives: the SG tutor is not knowledgeable or qualified another for the course so alot of self directed learning. plus there are riots held by teachers which disrupts lessons

My advice to future students is: staffs are not paid well here so teaching quality may be very low

Completing in 2023

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I find Uni.. It was a fantastic time that I wouldn’t trade.

Positives: The community feeling on campus and that you were given the opportunity to mix with similar minded people in different societies.

Negatives: It’s very hard to get to.

My advice to future students is: It doesn’t matter nowadays on what course you do, skills are transferable in industries but it’s great to get technical skills for technical roles.

Completed in 2018

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Positives: The course is well structured for the first 2 years. The faculty also provides student support. The course also has a research year which helps students to participate in research outside of hospital settings

Negatives: The third year was poorly structured with not much guidance. The marking of assignments are not standardised with very subjective marking (some examiners are stricter than the others). Some examiners give very minimal feedback which affects our learning. Results are released very late

My advice to future students is: Be prepared for self-directed learning from 3rd year onwards

Completing in 2020

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