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United Kingdom
When it came to choosing a university to study Psychology with Criminology, Nottingham Trent University stood out to me because of their expansive selection of modules, which allowed me to tailor my studies to my specific interests.

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What inspired you to study Psychology with Criminology?

From an early age, I was drawn to the idea of working with vulnerable people. As I progressed through my A-level studies in Psychology, it became clear to me that this was the path I wanted to pursue in my future career. I found myself particularly fascinated by topics related to criminology and forensic psychology.

As I began to explore my options for higher education, I was thrilled to discover that I could study a joint honours degree in Psychology with Criminology. This course offered the perfect blend of subjects, allowing me to delve into both the psychological underpinnings of behaviour along with the workings of the criminal justice system. By studying Psychology with Criminology, I knew that I would be equipped with the knowledge and skills to work with vulnerable people in a variety of settings and make a positive impact on their lives.

Why did you choose BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology at NTU?

When it came to choosing a university to study Psychology with Criminology, I knew that I wanted to find a course with a wide range of module options. Nottingham Trent University stood out to me because of the expansive selection of modules, which allowed me to tailor my studies to my specific interests. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to explore areas of psychology and criminology that truly intrigued me, allowing me to push myself to achieve my best whilst enjoying the content.

Beyond the course content, I was impressed by the range of employability and extracurricular opportunities offered by the university. I knew that I would not only gain high-quality education, but also have the chance to develop key skills and experiences that would set me up for success in the future, all whilst still being able to enjoy the more social aspect of university.

What’s your experience been like of your course so far?

Psychology with Criminology has been one of the most interesting things I have ever had the opportunity to study. Although I have always been drawn to the field, I never anticipated how much I would come to love it. One of the things I have appreciated most about the course is the balance between independent work and group projects. The highlight of my studies has undoubtedly been the opportunity to carry out my own research for my final year project, all whilst receiving incredible amounts of support from my tutor.

Have you been involved in any projects or extra-curricular activities that have supplemented your studies run through NTU?

During my time at Nottingham Trent University, I have had the chance to take on an incredible number of roles that will be greatly beneficial to my future employability opportunities.  Through the Outreach Ambassador and Achievement Coach schemes, I have gained plenty of work experience with young people and within school settings. As an Outreach Ambassador, I have educated children from year 5 up until young adults about higher education and the opportunities available. Whilst working as an Achievement Coach, I have been able to support children’s learning in schools.

Other than this I have worked as a Learning and Teaching Support Technician, gathering and preparing resources for Nottingham Trent Institute of Education. I have also worked as a Student Ambassador at open days and other university events. Other than these primary roles, I have been involved in other projects, including things such as working during Welcome Week and filming a welcome video for new students at NTU and other fun little projects offered by the University. All these roles have been thanks to the incredible opportunities offered at Nottingham Trent University.

Socially I have been a part of several societies, which has also been an incredible part of my university experience - allowing me to meet new people with similar interests and enjoy time away from my studies. The range of societies at NTU is definitely another positive aspect of the university that is not seen everywhere.

What does Social Sciences mean to you? 

To me, Social Sciences offer the opportunity to make a tangible differences to the lives of individuals and society as a whole. It is about care and support for everyone and that is something I am truly passionate about.


What do you think of the support available from tutors and staff at NTU?

The support I have received at Nottingham Trent University has been crucial in helping me navigate my studies. The staff at NTU create a welcoming environment where students feel comfortable expressing any issues or concerns, they may be facing, whether they relate to mental health, finances, academics, or other challenges. I have truly appreciated the dedication and expertise of every tutor and lecturer I have encountered. It is clear that they are passionate about the subject areas they teach, which I believe to be an important area in teaching. What sets them apart, however, is their unwavering support for their students. They are always available to offer guidance and advice, and they make a genuine effort to get to know their students and help them achieve their goals.

Outside of the Lecture Theatre

Did you find it easy to make friends and settle in at NTU?

The first few weeks of university is a really overwhelming time. Coming to university from Spain, everything was new and although that was exciting, it was also quite scary and nerve-wracking. There are so many people to meet but sometimes it can take time to find a group where you really feel like you belong. The number of societies available at NTU definitely supports students in making friends at university. As well as social events offered directly by the university, both during welcome week and throughout the year. I definitely think that if you put yourself out there you will make friends in no time, but it is also okay for that feeling to take a bit of time.

The Next Steps

What’s next for you after NTU? 

After my studies, I hope to pursue an Educational Psychologist career and work with young people who need support. Having had experiences in schools and other educational settings I have gained experience that has opened my eyes to what I want to pursue.

How is NTU helping you to achieve your career goals? 

Nottingham Trent University has provided me with the work experience and skills necessary in securing my decision for future careers as well as the necessary experience to pursue those goals.


What top tips would you give anyone thinking about studying your course at NTU?

If this is an area you are interested in, I would definitely recommend studying Psychology with Criminology, I’m sure you will grow to love it as much as I did! Whether you’re passionate about working with vulnerable populations, seeking to make a positive impact on society, or simply curious about the complexities of human behaviour, this course could be an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience for you.

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