MSc Criminology & Criminal Justice


University College Dublin    UCD Sutherland School of Law

Full time & Part time September MSc Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Law (22) Sociology (33)

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The MSc Criminology & Criminal Justice programme at the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers a unique opportunity for non-law graduates to delve into the fascinating field of criminology. This programme, based in Ireland's only Institute of its kind, provides a deep understanding of the intersections between law, politics, and social policy. With a focus on critical thinking and real-life applications, students will gain the skills to conduct independent research and write well-structured papers. The programme also offers excellent career prospects in areas such as policing, youth justice, and probation. Applicants with relevant degrees or substantial professional experience are encouraged to apply.

About the course

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

A unique programme, based in Ireland’s only Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, for non- lawyers who wish to work in the field of criminology and criminal justice.

  • To understand and think critically about the intersections between law, politics and social policy that come to the fore in the study of Criminology and Criminal Justice;
  • To apply knowledge and understanding of Criminology and Criminal Justice to real and hypothetical factual situations;
  • To conduct independent research and write coherent, well-structured papers.

* Please note that we have a January start to this

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Entry Requirements

Applications are invited from non-law graduates holding an excellent degree (at least 2.1) in a relevant subject area such as Sociology, Politics, Philosophy, History, Psychology or English (if you are unsure whether your area of study qualifies as 'relevant' please contact us). In exceptional circumstances, substantial professional experience within the field of criminal justice may be regarded by the selection panel as compensating for a lack of an upper second class honours level 8 qualification. Such applicants should state clearly in their application why they feel their other qualifications/experience are appropriate for admission onto the programme.




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Dr Ciara Molloy

Apart from an obsession with true crime podcasts, undertaking the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice was a rather unexpected career move as my undergraduate degree was in an entirely different discipline (History and Political Science). Nevertheless, the decision to study this course proved both transformative and rewarding. The MSc offered me the opportunity to study diverse modules across disciplines such as Law, Criminology and Sociology and to network with other researchers and practitioners working in the criminal justice sector. I loved he MSc so much that I decided to pursue a PhD in Criminology in UCD, and following the completion of my doctorate, I began working as Service Coordinator for the Crime Victims Helpline (a NGO which provides information and emotional support to all those affected by crime). I find my current role meaningful and fulfilling and would never have discovered this career path were it not for the MSc.

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