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Criminology BSc(Hons): What our students say

Student profiles

Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Annietha Raj

Name: Annietha Raj
Age: 20
Course: Criminology BSc(Hons)
Level: Graduating 2016

"I am nearing the end of my Criminology BSc(Hons), and I can happily say that I have acquired the experience and knowledge to continue on to my next challenge. Prior to university I had never studied criminology, so I did not know what to expect from the degree. I read the module guide and the topics intrigued me.

Now I have no doubts about my choice to study a full-field criminology course. The great thing about Kingston University is that there is a lot of room for your own inspiration. My assignments allow me to take my own routes to discover my interests within the discipline. For example, the final-year dissertation allows students to choose a subject that intrigues them.

Our lecturers are researchers and published authors. This means that you can go to an expert to further your understanding of a lecturer's subject area.

I have found that over the degree, I have been able to approach all of my lecturers about any questions I have pertaining to my course or university life. Kingston University offers an excellent personal tutor program, which pairs you with a lecturer throughout your degree. I have gone to my personal tutor with questions about the decisions I have to make after graduating my degree.

My favourite part of the degree is the engaging debates that we have in our seminars. The lecturers don't hide away from difficult subjects, and we are able to discuss important issues with academic maturity. Kingston University is truely international, and so my peers often bring unexpected and stimulating views to the subjects we discuss."

 

Matthew Turner

Name: Matthew Turner
Age: 20
Course: Criminology BSc(Hons)
Level: Graduating 2016

"Doing the Criminology BSc(Hons) at Kingston University has been a great experience for me. It has helped me to develop a better knowledge of politics, crime, criminal behaviors, media, statistics, sensitive topics and academic writing.

This has all come together to give me a better understanding of the world we are living in today. The degree constantly asks that you think about political changes and challenges, media and criminal activities. I am asked to think about whether current war campaigns are acceptable, if there is bias in news reporting, why a person has committed a crime, and what explanations there are for this.

All of my lecturers have made the course interesting and enabled me to achieve a deeper level of thinking to form a better understanding of the world around me. They have also guided me with regards to readings and the academic work that I have produced.

In summary, I have really enjoyed the experience of coming to university and the Criminology BSc(Hons) course has helped me to grow as a person, develop ideas and think critically about things I would never have thought about."

 

Rachel Ramsamooj

Name: Rachel Ramsamooj
Age: 19
Course: Criminology BSc(Hons)
Level: Graduating 2017

"Prior to coming to Kingston I've always had a keen mind to learn about the criminal justice system and why people commit crime. So far studying criminology as a degree has done just that!

There has been numerous events which in my experience have been engaging and thought-provoking, ranging from visits to Kingston's Crown Court to our guest speakers during the ‘Gender Week' presentations. During gender week, touching on sociological ideas broadened my knowledge and enabled me to acknowledge a wide range of ideas that could assist my learning during the course as well as outside the classroom.

The core modules I undertake have enabled me to further develop my learning abilities within the course. I've gained knowledge of how to write a fluent academic piece of writing as well as developing my oral skills during seminar and workshops groups. These are invaluable skills I have come to enjoy! My favorite module on the course would have to be ‘Crime, Law and Justice'. It covers socio-legal studies, which is a refreshing perspective when thinking about the criminal justice system.

The lecturers and tutors within the department have played a significant role in my academic success and learning. Whenever I need some guidance there is always someone to help me not only with my studies and with personal matters too. The team are approachable and understanding and it is this experience throughout my first year that has definitely kept me going."

 

Monique Bennett

Name: Monique Bennett
Age: 28
Course: Criminology and Sociology BSc(Hons)
Level: Graduating 2017

"I chose to study at Kingston University as I liked the modules and I had hoped that it would allow me to apply the theoretical knowledge in my chosen profession upon graduation. My past experiences have led me to want a career in probation working with young offenders. I also want progress onto a masters in social work with a focus on child protection. So far I have secured a mentoring role at Wandsworth Prison as this will help me gain professional knowledge and insight around my future employment plans.

I think that I have learnt a huge amount from the course so far including: the history of our criminal justice system, why people commit crime, how society influences our actions and experiences, and more. The lectures are very informative and assist you with the foundational knowledge that you need. Additional independent reading is important to improve your understanding. The lecturers are fantastic: they know their information, they are well prepared to start the lectures and they are always more than willing to see you if you have any questions. I really enjoyed the department's Gender Week and went to sessions on: child soldiers, sexuality and gay peoples' experiences, women and their appearances, including 'Black beauty', female genital mutilation, and charitable work in the field of youth crime."

 

Viviane Patricia Marrero

Name: Viviane Patricia Marrero
Age: 19
Course: Criminology with Spanish BSc(Hons)
Level: Graduating 2017 

 

"I really enjoyed this first year. The degree is even more interesting than I expected. I love the fact that it is multi-disciplinary, as that way we are able to learn about other disciplines like politics, sociology, culture, history, psychology, etc.

I really liked studying for the Foundations in Criminological Theory module, especially the topic about 'mass incarceration' and the 'Prison Industrial Complex'. I discovered things about some governments and countries that are quite hidden issues that I was not aware of.

Moreover I learnt a lot from the events organised by the department, such as Gender Week. I learnt new things about gender issues, but also about racial discrimination, religion and sexuality. It was a really enriching week for me.

The criminology lecturers are really helpful and supportive. They always dedicate time to students and care about our academic progress. In fact, they get to know students quite well and the teaching is personalised.

Likewise personal tutors are also really helpful. They support us in both our academic issues and our personal issues. We do interesting activities, in which we learn things that are related to the degree and it is a more informal approach to learning than in a normal lecture, as tutor groups are small and the tutor knows all of the students.

Finally, our student peers are also quite friendly. There is a real mix of students from different nationalities. Therefore, we get to learn from different point of views and experiences. Certainly you get to make good friends with people from all over the world.

In conclusion, my university experience this first year has been amazing!"

 

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