Why study BA Criminology at Sheffield?

David Hayes Law
Theodora Dinca
Current Student
BA Criminology
Hear from Theodora, a 2nd year BA Criminology student, talk about her time at Sheffield so far and her tips to anyone else considering studying here.
David Hayes Law

Besides being a widely recognised university, and being one of the best in the world, the University of Sheffield is also committed to including everyone

Theodora Dinca

BA Criminology

What made you choose to study criminology?

The main reason why I chose to study criminology is because of my passion for mystery.As a child, I used to read a lot of mystery books and, as I grew older, I started watching documentaries about crime and criminals. 

Since it is committed by humans, very unique and complex beings, crime itself becomes a mystery. I believe that there is no correct definition of crime at the moment, but by pursuing a career with this degree I might be able to have a better understanding of what crime is, why it happens and who commits it.

What is your favourite thing about studying criminology?

The fact that it covers a wide range of domains. Crime is influenced by many factors, such as the social environment, economy or politics. This way, I do not only get to understand the concepts according to which the world functions, but also how it applies to crime. In addition, as a book lover, I am very content that we have to read a lot of research and get to form our own opinion about a subject.

Why did you decide to apply to Sheffield?

Besides being a widely recognised university, and being one of the best in the world, the University of Sheffield is also committed to including everyone. Moving to a new country can be a daunting experience for young adults, and I was impressed by the amount of support the University offers.

Studying here and adapting to the new educational system has been a lot easier than expected because there are plenty of opportunities to learn outside of your course, such as the 301 Skills Center, where you can learn more about academic skills like writing or referencing.

What advice would you give to someone considering studying at Sheffield?

The best advice I can give to any new student is to come here with an open mind and heart. There is so much you are going to experience. From wild nights out to day activities such as fairs, to befriending people from all around the world. It is almost impossible not to become part of something as there is a lot to choose from. I was very impressed by the number and range of societies. There is a society for anything anyone could think of and, if what you look for does not exist yet, you can create it.

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