Prerna Meshram

MA Criminology 

Why did you choose to study this course?

Prerna Meshram

When I came across the programme website, I was quite taken aback with the fees, the professors, and the modules the university provided. I was looking for modules such as Understanding Violence, Crime Mapping and Data Analysis across the UK but could not find them anywhere else. I was lucky to find every module I wanted at Manchester and the professor’s expertise is something that motivated me to apply.  

What has been the highlight of your course so far? 

The highlight of my course has been taking Data Analysis and Crime Mapping course units. Both areas have opened many opportunities for me in the field of criminology. I also loved the welcome online event hosted by the department where we played Crime quiz.

What has been the most challenging aspect of the course?

The most challenging part of my studies has been managing deadlines and online classes. I have struggled with staying inside all the time, but I have received help in every manner. 

Have you undertaken any fieldwork as part of your course? 

I volunteered at Free legal help and the highlight was sitting in the same (Zoom) room and listening to real life client and solicitor conversations and discovering how the legal system works.  

How would you describe your student experience?

It was exceptional. I made amazing friends, have been supported by everyone and have enjoyed my course thoroughly. Moving to Manchester and settling in, getting to know people from various backgrounds has been a fantastic experience.

I loved every aspect of being a student because when I was struggling academically or mentally there was always support available which makes you feel safe and assured.

What is the best thing about living and studying in the city of Manchester, particularly as an international student?

The best thing about studying in Manchester is that you get the best education while discovering the city itself, which has history, a diverse culture and identities. You will find something new in every aspect, academic or social. Manchester has It all! 

As an International student, I was helped in various ways, be it the visa, financial, wellbeing or career guidance. I was guided through my course and never felt like an outsider trying to fit. I have always felt welcome and part of things.

Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?  

I volunteer at the University’s Sustainable shop as a team member and blog writer and also voluntere at Free legal help. In addition to this, I am part of the University's skydiving club.

I would recommend students to do push themselves a little harder and get involved into extra activities for new experiences. This includes networking and will help grow your social circle. Get involved in the hobbies you like and live your life happily while pursuing your dream career. 

Do you have any tips for future students?

I did my undergraduate degree in Newcastle upon Tyne, but moving to another city is still overwhelming, especially if you come from a small town regardless of nationality. When I first moved to the UK, I was overwhelmed, excited, nervous and scared. Which is normal for anyone coming to the other country.

My advice is to feel all these emotions fully, as your experience will be amazing. I would highly recommend arriving a few weeks before the courses just so you can have a look around your city, get to know your local places, shops, register with the GP and explore the city.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I plan to look for job opportunities and maybe work at The University of Manchester. I also plan to pursue further education at The University under the most capable professors in Criminology the University has to offer. My experience at Manchester has heavily influenced my decision to stay.