First of all Happy Mothers day if you are from The Netherlands! This is the already the fifth topic in The Truth About Uni collaboration. This time we are talking about the workload and the details about our courses. Since I’ve already done my bachelors and I’m currently doing my masters I’ll talk about both. They are both very different in workload and the type of workload, because my bachelors were more practical and my masters are more theory based.
During the first three years of my bachelors we had lectures quite a lot of lectures. Usually around 3 to 4 hours of sports a day, with 1 to 2 hours of theory based lectures. This was quite intensive and every now and than someone from our class had an injury. I managed to get through those first three years with only minor injuries. They were all during the second semester and luckily just muscles injuries. The forth year was quite different, because we didn’t have any sports just theory based lectures. Besides that most of the course existed of your own choice of specialization. I chose to do a couple of subjects at the Uni in Amsterdam where I study now. These courses were required to start my masters after I got my bachelor degree. The study load in my forth year therefore was quite different. It consisted of less lectures and a lot of studying at home.
The study load during my masters is quite comparable to the premaster. It depends on the subjects that you choose how many lectures you have. Some subjects have some practical lectures and others don’t. Also the amount of lectures per week differs between subjects. The workload over all has to be the same if the subject has the same amount of credits. The biggest difference between my bachelors and my masters is the amount of papers we need to read. That’s were I struggle most! Does anyone have any tips for me?