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What our students think

Being at university is a very exciting and challenging time. As well as living independently away from home, you also have personal responsibility for organising your academic studies. Read on to find out what it's really like to study Sociology, Social Policy, and Criminology at Southampton.

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One of my Southampton highlights would be my opportunity to study abroad in America for one Semester during my final year. I learnt so much about myself and I was able to study my course under a whole new educational system as well as undertake new modules.

Telma Barbosa - BSc Sociology and Criminology
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At Southampton I have become more confident in meeting new people. Alongside my studies I worked as a student ambassador, which was a great opportunity to meet other students and engage with school children. I have gained in-depth knowledge in modules that interest me such as 'Gender in Society', and I also feel more confident in using research methods such as statistical analysis

Alice Billington - BSc Sociology, 2019
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During my degree I had the opportunity to get involved with Southampton's Enactus scheme (formally Students In Free Enterprise) including representing the UK in Washington in the SIFE World Cup. I was able to interact with people from all over the world and learn about their cultures.

Collette Blackman - BSc (Applied Social Sciences) Anthropology,
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...the lecturers are very approachable and convey their passion about their subjects, which makes the lectures and seminars even more gratifying.

Emily Brocklebank - BSc Anthropology
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It was possible to pick from a range of option modules from Criminology, Anthropology, Politics and Social Work, which allowed me to gain an insight into other areas, not just straight Sociology.

Kerri Cairns - BSc Sociology
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The teaching is of a very high standard. It's hard not to share the great passion that the lecturers clearly have for the subject.

James Drake - BSc Sociology
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Everyone here is extremely helpful. All the staff offer extra assistance if it's wanted.

Vicky Field - BSc Sociology
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The University was very helpful with my halls of residence accommodation and this showed me how much they care for international students who are studying a long way from home.

Mandy Fong - BSc Applied Social Sciences (Anthropology)
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I think one of the big advantages of coming to Southampton is that students are given so much support with their studies.

Sophie Forster - BSc Sociology,
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I’ve met a lot of new people from all different backgrounds and cultures that I never thought I would have the opportunity to meet, which has been really great.

Charlotte Gould - BSc Applied Social Sciences (Criminology with Psychological Studies)
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Our lecturers encourage us to think critically about aspects such as society and what happens around us. This insight has sparked my interest in the impact of current issues on us as individuals

Megan Griffiths - BSc Sociology and Criminology, 2019
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I am certain that my time of Southampton has developed me into the well rounded character I am today!

Nick Hayles - BSc Applied Social Sciences (Anthropology),
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I took part in the Social Sciences Buddy Scheme for the new Freshers this year which was really rewarding and fun.

Emma Hills - BSc Sociology
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From studying at Southampton, I have learnt so much in regards to my course subjects and work skill.

Jon Howe - BSc Applied Social Sciences (Anthropology)
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My experiences of working on a multi-disciplinary course gave me a great advantage when applying, and I have since managed to secure funding for the doctoral programme. I am looking forward to furthering my studies at Southampton and after this I hope to continue in the academic field.

Laura Hyrjak - BSc Applied Social Sciences (Criminology with Psychological Studies)
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The variety of different modules to choose from ensured that I studied a diverse range of topics.

Tom Lawrence - BSc Sociology
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Taking a couple of modules outside the course allowed me to successfully pursue a teaching career. I will be beginning a primary PGCE in September.

Samantha Lindars - BSc Applied Social Sciences (Criminology with Psychological Studies)
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Studying here has given me a boost in confidence and has made me feel able to voice my opinions amongst my peers, as well as lecturers.

Joanna Malone - BSc Applied Social Sciences
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Studying at Southampton pushed me out of my comfort zone and it did push me to achieve a first class honours, something I thought was impossible after my first year.

Kenny McCarthy - BSc Applied Social Sciences (Anthropology)
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Sociology is something that needs to be taught at an earlier age - it opens up the mind to other subjects. My interest stemmed from A level and I have never looked back.

Joseph McEvoy - BSc Sociology 2013
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Being a Russell Group university, Southampton has a prestigious reputation with employees and so attaining a degree from Southampton has helped me in the long run of gaining employment.

Leah Morrison - BSc Criminology and Psychology
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The campus itself is lovely and I felt that the University had a positive feel to it.

Rebecca Nash - BSc Sociology
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I have been offered a job by the Metropolitan Police service. I largely attribute my time at Southampton to my success in joining the police due to the confidence and open-mindedness I developed at university.

Sebastian Rooke - BSc Criminology
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Southampton stood out for me, as the course not only seemed to touch on all the areas that had first sparked my interest in Anthropology, but also provided the opportunity to learn about other areas, such as Criminology and Sociology.

Libby Roper - BSc Anthropology,
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My degree and dissertation (on prolific offenders) helped me considerably; without that experience I doubt I would have achieved my job in a probation trust

Francesca Selly - BSc Applied Social Sciences (Criminology with Psychological Studies)
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The University of Southampton offered the combination of Criminology with Psychology, which many other universities did not.

Holli Shelley-Fraser - BSc Applied Social Sciences (Criminology and Psychological Studies)
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I found that lecturers and University staff eased any fears or anxieties that I had by giving fantastic support. There are plenty of opportunities to speak with personal tutors and lecturers, and both students and staff are friendly and approachable

Joanne Southwell - BSc Criminology and Psychology, final year
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I liked the security of knowing that the University of Southampton was a Russell Group university and had a good reputation.

Elizabeth Springer - BSc Applied Social Sciences (General Pathway)
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I found that the University of Southampton had the friendliest atmosphere and the most exciting course syllabus.

Amy Tobitt - BSc Applied Social Sciences (Criminology)
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The facilities and staff at Southampton were superb. I was able to control which areas of Sociology I really wanted to learn about through a wide choice of different modules.

Matt White - BSc Sociology
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I have been able to participate in curriculum innovation modules that bring together experts from all over the University to tackle some of the leading issues in the world today.

Alex Wilson - BSc Criminology and Psychology
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Because of the support I don’t feel much home sickness. Think big, don’t be afraid to lose, life is all about challenges.

Cindy Li Wing Yin - BSc Sociology and Social Policy graduate

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