“I couldn’t wish for better lecturers as the ones I have met so far have encouraged students to ask questions during and after lectures, tutorials and via email if needed” – Katie Angius
"My decision to study Applied Criminology at Derby was based on helping me to progress into a career as a probation officer. I felt that gaining knowledge from this particular degree would prove to be valuable in my career and enable me to understand situations which I may come across. The criminology programme at the University of Derby is fantastic for this, as they offer an Offender Management pathway which focuses upon the area of work I am interested in.
So far, all the modules I have studied have been very intriguing which keeps you wanting to attend your lectures. The fact that these are taught by lecturers who are enthusiastic and know exactly what they were talking about makes the modules enjoyable. I couldn’t wish for better lecturers as the ones I have met so far have encouraged students to ask questions during and after lectures, tutorials and via email if needed and it’s comforting to know that I can go to see a lecturer or my personal tutor for support with issues I may be experiencing on the course.
Through studying criminology I have had the opportunity to meet the Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, Francis Crook who came to the University to give a speech and answer questions.
Throughout my studies, it has been made clear that voluntary work is very important in order to gain experience alongside my degree which is why I chose to apply for a mentoring position at Impact Derby in February 2014. This has been an amazing opportunity for me and I have been given the training and support needed to be able to mentor.
Studying a degree is never going to be easy especially when trying to study and look after a child. Though full time study can be challenging for those who have children, there is always support from the programme leader who has helped people like myself to be able to stay at University and carry on learning.
The most rewarding part of studying the course is when the results are released and you can see that all of the hard work and stress of getting an assignment in on time has paid off.
I would recommend anyone to study a criminology degree at the University of Derby as they have so much more to offer in comparison to other Universities. You can specialise in an area that’s of interest to you and there are several resources for you to use to help you with your assignments."
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An international perspective
We are committed to studying in the field. One group of students recently visited criminal justice agencies in Los Angeles and San Francisco, with highlights including visits to San Quentin State Prison and gang projects in LA, a day spent with San Francisco Police Department and the chance to meet students from California State University.