My criminology experience at the School of Law

Zoe Blakemore - MA International Criminology
Zoe Blakemore
Postgraduate student
MA International Criminology
MA International Criminology student, Zoe, has been with us for four years, studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Hear what she has to say about her time at university.
Zoe Blakemore - MA International Criminology
Zoe Blakemore - MA International Criminology student

Why did you decide to study this course?

After I completed my undergraduate degree in LLB Law and Criminology at the School of Law I was really keen to develop my understanding of legal and societal concepts on a deeper level which led me to a masters in International Criminology. I was drawn to the course because of its international element and I was excited to broaden my view of criminological issues on a global scale.

What skills have you gained whilst studying in Sheffield?

The most significant skill I have attained would be an ability to think critically when analysing problem questions and essays. Being able to see a problem through multiple lenses and interrogate your arguments are key to being successful in this course and is a useful transferable skill to take forward into your career.

What is your favourite thing about studying your course at Sheffield?

For me, one of the great aspects of MA International Criminology is the flexibility to tailor the course to my academic interests. In the second semester you will be able to choose all of your modules which means you can get the most out of the course and direct your experience to suit the career path you are pursuing or even just choosing module content that you are intrigued by. My favourite part of academic study was that I was able to pick up additional law modules such as International Criminal Law in conjunction with Global Terrorism modules, which complemented each other nicely.

Students on Bartolome House stairs
Students on Bartolome house stairs

Have you taken advantage of any opportunities that the Law School offers to students?

I have attended employability events in the Octagon and found them to be very useful to make connections with prospective employers and understand how my degree will be put into action within the workplace and present suitable career opportunities.

Have you enjoyed the content of your course? How do you feel our research-led approach to teaching has had an impact on your experience?

I have thoroughly enjoyed my course and engaging with a wide range of module content has made it interesting and varied. The research-led approach has been significant in terms of ensuring we are studying current and up-to-date issues and materials. Furthermore, it has encouraged me to develop my personal inquiry and research skills which has made my dissertation less daunting and easier to engage with. Finally, it is encouraging to be taught by active researchers with a deep understanding of the concepts we study, having published academic papers in these fields.

Zoe Blakemore - MA International Criminology

What are your career aspirations?

My career aspirations are still open at this point and I am interested in different paths, such as Civil Service work in the Ministry of Justice and Defence, and graduate schemes, which will hopefully harness the skills I have obtained through my studies.

How do you think your degree experience will help you in your career?

I believe that the transferable skills obtained during my degree will be valuable in the workplace, no matter the area I choose to go into. The ability to think critically and come up with solutions to real-world problems will help significantly in being successful in any career. Furthermore, studying a degree with an international element will make me stand out as a candidate as it has allowed me to gain a comprehensive understanding of society, people and globalisation which has made me an empathetic and emotionally intelligent person.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about studying in the School of Law at Sheffield?

I would highly recommend the School of Law to prospective students looking to begin their undergraduate studies or continuing students for their postgraduate studies. It’s a welcoming and supportive environment where you will be taught by professors who are experienced and knowledgeable in their field and always keen to help. There are plenty of opportunities to develop your employability skills outside of your studies. There are also socials organised by course leaders which allow you to network with professors and make friends with fellow students.

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International scholarships

We offer a generous package of financial support for international students, including undergraduate and postgraduate taught scholarships towards the annual tuition fee. Applications are open for existing offer holders.