Holly Dempsey Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Third year Criminology & Criminal Psychology student Holly Dempsey tells you about her experiences studying at the University of Greenwich.

As a mature student, the decision to go to University was a big one. The application process was made easy with UCAS and Greenwich kept me informed about the status of my application the whole way along.

Now I am in my final year and the time has flown by, I know now that studying Criminology & Criminal Psychology at Greenwich was the right choice for me. I have enjoyed every module I have studied but a few stand out; Forensic Criminology in first year taught us the basics of police procedure and crime scene forensics which was both interesting and engagingly taught. In second year; I chose the optional module Crime and the Media covering everything from the news to horror films – a whole new perspective on cultural criminology that I found fascinating. Now I am in my third year I am loving working towards my dissertation, it is a bit scary to have to choose a subject to research and write 10,000 words on but it is also really exciting to have independence to work on your own project.

The course is well structured and all the modules are interesting, challenging and well taught. What has made such a difference to my experience has been the teaching staff at Greenwich; they go above and beyond to make sure that students are given good opportunities and go out of their way to provide encouragement and support. It is their commitment that has inspired me to continue my studies, I plan on undertaking a Masters and a PHD to become a lecturer and academic writer.

I would encourage anyone interested in this subject area to consider a degree at Greenwich but I would say that you will get the most out of the experience if you are dedicated to your course. As an academic course Criminology & Criminal Psychology can be challenging, however, if you can demonstrate passion and commitment you are sure to benefit from the support of the teaching staff and the range of excellent learning opportunities.