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GENERAL OVERVIEW

Overview of Trinity College Dublin

Home to 16,000 students and over 400 years of history, Trinity is Ireland’s oldest university. With a diverse range of national and international students and boasting such famous alumni as Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and Mary McAleese, Trinity is an ideal setting for students to follow the footsteps of some of Ireland’s most influential figures. Location Trinity is located at the heart of Dublin City, protected from the manic city centre streets by its ancient walls. Coming from the hustl ...Read More

What the students say

Trinity is a great college, even if I haven't had the best experience in first year. I think I would have encountered the same pitfalls in any college, although I do think that the student mentoring system is under-utilised ( we heard from the maybe four times during the year). Like anything, you get out what you put in, and I think that I was so stressed for a lot of the year about the academics that I neglected a lot of the social aspects, to the extent that that had a negative impact on the study I was doing. I'd recommend Trinity to a friend, but with the caveat that they need to find the balance pretty quickly, to take the academic side very seriously indeed but know when to let their hair down too.
1st year Currently in college
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Single Honours History turned out to be quite a rare course choice to make. Most people chose to do it with TSM but I preferred doing it by itself as I feel that my studies are more focused. First year was quite medieval based, with second year getting more modern and third year was a lot better with a much wider choice of modules available and ones that were of much greater interest to me. I am suited to the essay based assessment and enjoy the smaller lectures and tutorials in which there is a much more personal feel than in other subjects. Small classes mean that my tutor knows my name, knows how I work, how my work has improved, what areas I need to work on. The effective feedback is thus very valuable. It has definitely been better as the years have gone on and I'm now really interested in the modules I am studying. The fact that the hours are less during the week than other courses suits me as well as I am pretty self motivated and don't mind having to go to the library to put in a lot of work myself.
3rd year Currently in college
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It's great.
4th year Currently in college
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Yes, I like Trinity and my course, I have found the other students to be friendly and overall I am satisfied with my course, even if it is a little different to what I expected.
2nd year Currently in college
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Would not be enthusiastic about convincing people to do nursing within the college
4th year Currently in college
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Although I am still interested in economics, at a high level, the courses tend to be very much divorced from intuition. I was interested in Economics as the study of human interactions as they relate to scarce resources. There is very little humanity to the course I study now; it is more related to financial and statistical models than any sort of decision theory or behavioural analysis. Trinity's economics department has also hemorrhaged staff since I started. Two senior staff are leaving next year, one lost to retirement and another to a chair at Oxford. There is also a growing tendency for the more senior academics to focus on research, and leave the teaching to PhD students or external academics. The final degree mark is weighted 100% on final year, which means that final year is very stressful, partly because it's more difficult to motivate yourself in third year. This certainly left me a little bit behind where I should have been and where lecturers assumed I would be. There isn't much individual student to lecturer contact. Tutorials are generally taught by PhD students with little to no teaching training or experience and mostly involve going through worksheets. There is very broad choice of courses from second year on. I even got to study a philosophy module and was able to pick from a wide range of different modules in economics, particularly for third and fourth year.
4th year Currently in college
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