Sara Luísa Meijer Loja

MSc Criminological Research


Sara Luísa Meijer Loja

What first attracted you to choose the University of Stirling to study your course?

I was looking for a post-graduate course in Criminology abroad (it is quite a new area in Portugal) and preferably in an English-speaking country. I found out that Stirling was ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for Criminology and that the staff supporting the course are part of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Criminal Justice Research – “a multi-university body with international influence and links to academics, policymakers and practitioners around the world”.

What are the benefits you found as a result of studying at Stirling?

The University of Stirling is a budget-friendly university with a large variety of courses. It is known for its excellence in research training and development. In a fantastic setting, you will find everything you need to achieve your goals in a healthy environment (accommodation, library, cafeteria and snack bar, sports, clubs and societies, mini market, etc.). The staff at the university are set on teaching you all the tools you might need for your future, and at the same time, they work on keeping you healthy and sane throughout the learning process.

If you decide to live in Stirling itself, you will find out that transport is quite frequent and fluid. People are friendly, and the city is super safe. You will feel right at home.

What specific feature(s) did you like most about the course?

The way that the course is structured, allows you to work at you own pace and the assistance provided is guaranteed.

What advice would you give to prospective students who are considering coming to Stirling?

My advice? Come! Learn, raise above, and embrace everything Stirling and its University have to offer!

Please can you tell us a bit about your career and what impact you think your studies have had on your career?

I am about to start my career with a fabulous new addition to my education. It is a substantial asset not only as a degree but also because of the experience and adventure of studying abroad.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The University of Stirling is the right place to let yourself grow as a student, as a professional, and as a person. I dare you to give it a try. Join the Stirling family.