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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

About the course

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.

Vision & Values Statement

This programme is for non-lawyers who wish to start or progress within a career in the criminal justice system. It provides career-relevant knowledge, insight and skills to those working or aspiring to work in sectors such as

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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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Student Profile(s)

Louise Tak Nem Leung

I’ve always been interested in both disciplines of law and psychology, so for me the LLM in Criminology and Criminal Justice suited my interests perfectly. My year in UCD has greatly broadened my perspectives and horizons for my future, as the specialisation of this masters in criminology and criminal justice has provided a good platform for future career development opportunities or doctoral studies. UCD has a veryenergetic and student friendly atmosphere and lecturers are extremely supportive and encouraging. I found it really easy to settle in during my studies for this year and I’m currently pursuing a career within the area of restorative justice and the probation services and aiming towards completing a PhD in Law.


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