Studying in the Faculty of Arts
The learning culture of the University of Bristol's Faculty of Arts is different to that of the medical- and science-based faculties. Though medics may joke about the easy life of the arts student, their overall workload is roughly equivalent.
The big difference is that learning in the Faculty of Arts is primarily self-directed and requires considerable independent reading. There is relatively little direct contact time with teaching staff. That said, lectures will be crucial to developing your understanding of this sometimes complex material. Seminars are small teaching groups. By comparison to medicine, a much higher level of preparedness is expected for arts seminars and active participation is mandatory.
We have specifically designed the course to give the intercalated BA Medical Humanities a real sense of being part of the Faculty of Arts and we also recognise the challenges that come with that shift. To support you we have put in the following:
- The Oakhill Study Group. This is a forum in which you will have opportunity to integrate your learning and build bridges to your future clinical life.
- Introductory seminars. The English units in TB1 are actually year one units and and therefore intrinscially introductory. For philosophy there will be either one or two introductory seminars in preparation for the 'Philosophy and History of Medicine' core unit.
- Integrated learning. By this we mean that you will be learning alongside arts students most of the time. All units (except the dissertation) are open to arts students. This is a unique feature of the Bristol iBAMH.
- Introductory reading. You will be provided with a range of reading materials that you should address in the summer prior to starting the iBAMH. See below for details.
- Academic support. Arts Faculty academics offer individual advice and feedback on your academic writing.