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MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice


Course Description

Crime and punishment are issues of central importance to society and by bringing academic rigour to their examination the UCD Institute of Criminology contributes to the achievement of national priorities. The Institute brings together leading academics from across UCD and is the only centre of its kind in Ireland. Its members have conducted major research projects on a wide range of topics in the field of criminology and criminal justice, including work on coercive confinement, prison violence and desistance from crime. The work of the Institute has been the focus of debates in parliament, legislative and policy initiatives and numerous reports in the media.

On completion of this programme, students will be able:
- 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 their knowledge and understanding of Criminology and Criminal Justice to real and hypothetical factual situations;
- To conduct independent research and write coherent, well-structured papers.

See the website http://www.ucd.ie/law/graduateprogrammes/msccriminologyandcriminaljustice/

Studying abroad

The School affords its students the opportunity to spend a semester abroad as part of the Comparative, International and European Law (CIEL) Graduate exchange programme with our partner Universities in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. Students participating in the programme will have their dissertations jointly supervised by staff in UCD and in the institution which
they are visiting. Successful completion of the semester abroad will lead to the award of a Certificate in Comparative, International and European Law.

Your future

A specialisation in criminology and criminal justice will be of interest to graduates who want to work in one of the criminal justice
agencies and to those working in prisons, probation, policing and the courts. This specialisation will equip you with a head start for a career in criminal law and the criminal justice system.

Features

The Institute of Criminology offers a wide range of modules for the Masters programmes. Modules of especial interest to those undertaking this programme include:

- Criminal Justice History considers the history of specific offences in a broad socio-political context. Offences examined will include the history of unlawful killing and the evolution of sexual offences alongside aspects of the criminal justice process.

- Advanced Criminological Theory explores key theories of crime both classic and recent, including biological, psychological and sociological explanations of criminal behaviour and their potential application in the Irish context.

- Crime and Punishment explores a number of central issues in criminal jurisprudence such as responsibility, culpability, harm and moral wrongdoing to deepen an understanding of the basis on which conduct is criminalised and criminal liability imposed.

- International and Transnational Crime focuses on the emergence of international criminal law has emerged as a distinct body of law responding to genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, before considering the impact of globalisation on crime.

Careers

This programme provides opportunities for those who wish to work or are already working in relevant areas, such as policing, youth justice, prisons, probation and voluntary organisations to enhance their knowledge of the field. It also provides a good platform for doctoral studies and a possible academic career in what has become an area of substantial growth in universities around the world.

We have an excellent Careers Development Centre here at UCD, designed to help you with information regarding future employment or studies. UCD hold a number of graduate events throughout the year including a dedicated law fair at which at which many of the big Law firms will be in attendance. The School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on it’s Academic staff, Dr. Oonagh Breen, and a staff member from the careers office will be in attendance at the School of law on a number of occasions throughout the academic year. To see the full range of services offered by the careers office go to http://www.ucd.ie/careers/

See the website http://www.ucd.ie/law/graduateprogrammes/msccriminologyandcriminaljustice/

Find out how to apply here http://www.ucd.ie/law/graduateprogrammes/msccriminologyandcriminaljustice/apply,80113,en.html

Scholarships

The University and UCD Sutherland School of Law have a list of scholarships that are open to Irish, EU and International applicants.
For further information please see http://www.ucd.ie/scholarships
International students may wish to visit: http://www.ucd.ie/international

Why you should choose UCD

In the state-of-the-art UCD Sutherland School of Law, graduate students engage in advanced study with internationally renowned
specialists to develop the transformative potential of law.

The School is ranked by the authoritative QS World University Rankings as Ireland's number one law school and amongst the
world's 100 leading law schools. Students benefit from the School’s strong links with university partners; businesses; NGOs; and, domestic, EU and international governments.
We place particular emphasis on the quality and breadth of our graduate programmes across Diploma, Masters and Doctoral levels. Our graduate degrees are available on a full-time or part-time basis, beginning in either January or September.
We also offer part- time Diploma programmes and single subject certificates with the possibility of securing CPD points and building study up to achieve diploma or masters awards.

Visit the MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice page on the University College Dublin website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

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.


(Scholarship)

James Healy Masters Scholarship in Law - Single Award

UCD Sutherland School of Law, with the generous support of James Healy, is pleased to offer a scholarship to fund full-time study in the Masters of Laws (LLM) Programmes in the School of Law. All successful EU applications for the LLM received before May 31st will be considered for the scholarship.The scholarship is available to candidates commencing their studies in the academic year 2015/16.The scholarship will be in the amount of €5,000 plus a fee waiver (to the value of EU Fee).

Value of Scholarship(s)

€5,000 plus a fee waiver

Eligibility

Applicants should hold at least an upper second class honours law degree at undergraduate or graduate level or be in the final year of their degree with an upper second class honours average to date

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucd.ie/law/scholarships/mastersscholarshipsinlaw/

Further Information

http://www.ucd.ie/law/scholarships/mastersscholarshipsinlaw/


(Scholarship)

The Walsh Scholarship in Law - Single Award

UCD Sutherland School of Law, wishes to offer a scholarship to the value of €6000 to partly fund full-time study in a UCD Sutherland School of Law Graduate Taught Masters Programme. All successful EU applications (for any of the School of Law masters programmes) received before May 31st will be considered for the scholarship.The scholarship is available to candidates commencing their studies in the academic year 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€6000

Eligibility

Applicants should hold at least an upper second class honours degree at undergraduate or graduate level or be in the final year of their degree with an upper second class honours average to date.

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucd.ie/law/scholarships/mastersscholarshipsinlaw/

Further Information

http://www.ucd.ie/law/scholarships/mastersscholarshipsinlaw/


(Scholarship)

The School of Law bursary - Single Award

The UCD Sutherland School of Law is pleased to offer a bursary of €4000 to fund full time study in the LLM, MCL, MSc (Criminology and Criminal Justice), the MSc in International Law and Business.All successful EU applications (for any of the School of Law masters programmes) received before April 30th will be considered for the bursaries.The scholarship is available to candidates commencing their studies in the academic year 2015/16.Please direct any queries regarding the scholarships and bursaries to Justine McCann by email to [email protected] or by telephone to + 353 1 716 4109
The closing date to be included in the Scholarship and bursary competition is May 31st 2015
All successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of the decision of the scholarship committee. No correspondence will be entered into about the committee’s decision.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€4000

Eligibility

Applicants should hold at least an upper second class honours degree at undergraduate or graduate level or be in the final year of their degree with an upper second class honours average to date.

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucd.ie/law/scholarships/mastersscholarshipsinlaw/

Further Information

http://www.ucd.ie/law/scholarships/mastersscholarshipsinlaw/



Entry Requirements

Applications are invited from graduates holding an excellent degree in Sociology, Politics, Psychology, History or another subject relevant to criminology (at least 2.1). 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 undergraduate degree to the required standard.

Course Fees

Full-time: €7950 (EU students), €17400 (non-EU students); Part-Time: €3975 (EU Students), €8700 (non-EU students)


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