A survey of nearly 30,000 students and 31 UK institutions suggests 54 per cent spend less than 11 hours a week in formal classes and seminars, reports Metro.
The subjects with the least amount of contact hours tend to be arts and humanities, such as English and history, with students expected to spend more time working independently.
The study, conducted by education consultancy Advance HE, found 27 per cent have considered quitting their course.
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