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Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall

"Having had such a positive experience of Surrey during my undergraduate degree, it was my first choice when considering the next step in my studies."

“Surrey’s masters course in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research offers a means of developing core research skills within a fascinating area of academia. The syllabus provides a well-balanced approach to examining fundamental questions about our criminal justice system, homing in on the very real issues faced by victims of crime. Having had such a positive experience of Surrey during my undergraduate degree in Sociology, Cultural Studies and Media, it was my first choice when considering the next step in my studies."

I developed a keen interest in criminology while completing my undergraduate dissertation on hate crime. I hope to eventually make meaningful contributions to this area of research, which continues to become increasingly salient in public discourse.

Working alongside other students, arriving from various disciplinary backgrounds, provided a rich study experience with plenty of debate. This was especially true in the ‘design to dissemination’ module, which consolidated my knowledge through peer learning in a friendly and supportive environment. While at first hesitant about group work, I believe it was this aspect of the course that I found most enjoyable.

The Department of Sociology offers an exceptional standard of support for students.

The Department of Sociology offers an exceptional standard of support for students. Academic staff are on hand to offer their considerable expertise, tailoring their approach to the individual needs of students.

My dissertation supervisor actively encouraged me to complete further study, and supported me in putting together a successful proposal for PhD funding.

I stayed at Manor Park student village for the duration of my masters course. The accommodation was conveniently located, just a short walk from the University campus and sports facilities. The University campus is a particular selling point at Surrey, with its spacious grounds and lake. This provides an excellent setting for the wide range of clubs and societies that are available, as well as a peaceful environment for studying outside during the summer months.

I think my proudest moment during my masters at Surrey was when I heard that I had secured ESRC funding for my PhD studies. I’m also really pleased to have participated in the level three Global Graduate Award in Italian. I had always been interested in studying a second language, so the opportunity to have free classes at Surrey was a fantastic addition to my course.

Aside from my studies, I have also enjoyed volunteering as an Independent Advisory Group member for Surrey Police. This has enabled me to sit on various scrutiny panels and gain valuable experience related to my course.

On finishing my masters, I embarked on a PhD at Surrey, which has been a challenging yet rewarding experience. I have presented my research both in the UK and abroad, including a visit to Texas for an international conference last year. I continue to volunteer as an Independent Advisory Group member for Surrey Police, as well as working with charitable organisations such as Stop Hate UK.”

 

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