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University study

Teaching and learning

One of the big differences between studying at school or college and university is the range of different teaching methods available.

At university, the main form of teaching is through lectures, which are usually supplemented by smaller seminars or tutorials. The amount of time spent in formal teaching varies massively across degree subjects, but you can expect around 9-15 hours for Humanities degrees and around 20-30 hours per week for Science degrees. This does tend to even out in terms of the amount of personal study you are expected to do, such as reading or researching for subjects like English or History which may have less contact time on campus. Some courses will also involve an element of lab work, workshops or fieldwork, and most will include group work at some point.

Universities will always supply students with ways of gaining additional support throughout their studies if it is required. At The University of Manchester, each undergraduate is allocated a dedicated academic adviser who is a lecturer on your chosen course. These advisers are the first point of call for any academic, administrative, and pastoral concerns that may arise throughout your university career. Each individual course unit will also have a tutor who will be available during office hours to meet with students.

Manchester runs a peer-assisted study scheme (PASS) where second and third year students help first year students with their study. This is great experience for the peer mentors and also provides first year students with great support in their transition to university study.

To see PASS in action in Aerospace Engineering watch this student video submitted to the Peer Support video competition.


Aerospace PASS (video)