From students on programmes on the theme of Sociology & Criminology.
Isabelle Brantl, Germany, MSc Transnational Crime, Justice and Security 2014
After finishing my undergraduate studies in Sociology I wanted to expand my knowledge into a new field and was quickly set on Criminology. Being new to the field, the university has offered me the possibility to integrate my existing knowledge within criminological theories. The University of Glasgow stood out to me, because of the variety of courses within criminology, which enables students to focus on their personal field of interest within a broader academic study. Additionally, the members of staff have proven to be extremely helpful and approachable even before the beginning of the course by answering my numerous questions patiently and helping me with all my problems, which recommended the University of Glasgow on a very personal level.
I decided to study Transnational Crime, Justice and Security because of my interest in international issues and the unique insights the university of Glasgow has offered through its courses. The seminars are often not restricted to students of the Transnational Crime MSc, but are also frequented by the students of the other two criminological programs (MRes Criminology, MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice) as well as by students from other disciplines, such as sociology, global health studies, and political communication or museum studies. This ensures an in-depth discussion under various perspectives, thereby enriching the experience of all participating students. Additionally, the international base of the students within the programme offered different visions on the discussed topics, thereby elevating the experience of every individual.
Another advantage is the close connection to the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR). This allows students not only to gain insight into the professional criminological community, by being made aware of guest lectures and conferences, but also ensures the active researcher role of the professors. Therefore, the professors are more likely to have recent practical understanding of various issues, which enriches the education with examples and first-hand experience. The professors have always been very willing to help in establishing the students both with coursework and the establishment of research interests. I was never denied any support or advise on academic as well as career questions that might arise during the course of a Master’s programme and received all the help I could have wanted from all the members of staff equally. Glasgow offers a great opportunity for students to not only enjoy the merits of its great university, but also experience the city itself and the beautiful Scottish landscape surrounding it. In their free time, students can not only enjoy the close proximity of national parks, such as Loch Lomond, but also the lively music and culinary scene. Studying at the University of Glasgow is hence both a cultural and academic gain on a personal level.
Despite its seemingly narrow area of study, the programme offers a broad variety of seminars that managed to cover all my numerous interests. It sets students up to work in a range of different professional areas, but simultaneously offers the possibility to decide on a possible further career and focus on that path especially. Thanks to the competent and approachable staff, the students will both gain the needed knowledge, but also the confidence they need to succeed on their future career paths.
Lewis Thomson, MSc in Media, Communications & International Journalism, 2016
Having graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2014 with an English Language degree, I was keen to develop my academic interest in the sociological theories of media and communications, while also developing my practical journalism skills. Having thoroughly enjoyed my time at Glasgow as an undergraduate, I was confident that the course would live up to my expectations, providing top quality teaching and facilities, and in this respect it has not disappointed.
The MSc in Media, Communications & International journalism is unique in the way in which it strikes a balance between theory and practice, creating an environment which is intellectually stimulating, while also providing access to an excellent selection of high-profile guest lecturers, and state of the art equipment. The programme can be tailored towards individual interests with the option of additional courses in politics, criminology and sociology. It also incorporates a course on the methods of social research which will prove invaluable for those students taking the dissertation or practical project options.
Over the year I have developed skills in print, online, television and radio journalism which are essential to a career in the industry. I have been offered the chance to engage in fieldwork, learning to operate audio/visual recording equipment, and the latest industry-standard software packages. As students we have the opportunity to demonstrate our newfound skills and evaluate our performances in practical group exercises. Given the expertise of those running the course, I have every confidence that the practical aspects of the curriculum will be reviewed year-by-year in order to remain up-to-date and reflect the ever-changing media ecology.
The Media, Communications and International Journalism MSc provides everything you would expect based upon the University of Glasgow’s excellent reputation. I firmly believe that the skills that I am currently developing are highly relevant and will stand me in good stead in my future endeavours.
Elvinas Blazevicius, Lithuania, MSc Criminology
The programme offered a good combination of fundamental criminology and contemporary challenges in crime control. Since I see myself working in international organisations such as Europol, United Nations or European Union institutions, I found the focus on the issues of crime and globalisation particularly useful.
Being a student in Glasgow was a truly enjoyable experience for me. Friendliness and kindness of Glaswegians, as well as attention and willingness to help of the teaching staff, made me feel at home.
Having graduated with an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Glasgow, I made a valuable investment in my future career. Considering the current economic climate, I am convinced that my Masters degree will put me ahead of my competitors and will definitely open many doors.
Orla Clohessy, Ireland, MSc Criminology
This was a challenging and comprehensive programme, which provided me with an advanced knowledge and understanding of the wide range of empirical and theoretical issues in criminology. A key feature of the programme is the opportunity to select from the range of interesting and diverse courses available. All seminars are planned to take into account what is going on in the world today making each course up-to-date and relevant. This often involved guest speakers taking part in seminars.
The support and guidance from the teaching staff is exceptional, with the contact time between the lectures and students being particularly impressive. The fact that the department and teaching staff are at the heart of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research meant that I got the opportunity to attend and take part in several criminology conferences and training courses which the centre provided funding for.
On a practical level I obtained an in-depth understanding of the complex problems that crime can pose within criminal justice and criminal law fields. Through this course I developed excellent data and research skills and an extensive knowledge of the methods and data used in criminal justice settings. This has proved invaluable in my employment in the criminal justice field. This course will provide you with an advanced knowledge and a range of the necessary research and analytical skills which are vital for a career within a criminal justice setting.
Latin American student, MSc Criminology
What reinforced my theoretical understanding of criminology while studying the MSc was to learn and interact with practitioners and researchers from different disciplines in criminology. From gender violence, youth gangs to organized crime, there is a leading expert for each area at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.
Today the centre is my second home. Thanks to the support and guidelines of the professional academic staff, I was able to secure funding as an international student at Glasgow University and continue my studies with a PhD program.
Alan White, UK, MSc in Equality and Human Rights
What were the best things about your programme of study?
The variety of subjects (disability, racism, religion, gender, sexualities etc.), the interdisciplinary aspects of the course, within my masters I took courses ranging across sociology, anthropology and criminology; the active engagement in the areas of justice and human rights across the School and University made it very easy to find support to carry out my research.
What did you enjoy most about your time at the School of Social and Political Sciences?
Conducting my research in an environment where there are lots of talks going on, both in Sociology itself and in the various Centres; being able to ask questions of people in the Subject Area, and invariably getting helpful and enthusiastic responses and advice (I was thinking of not doing a PhD, but they persuaded me back!); very active and productive supervisors.
What would you recommend to a person thinking of studying with us?
Do it! There is a lot of positivity in the postgraduate community in Glasgow. I would encourage undergraduates to keep going and do postgraduate studies.