Criminal Justice - Structured Research

Brief Description
This programme is a structured blend of graduate education in theory and methods, and supervised research. The taught elements of the programme draw on existing modules offered to postgraduate students in the School of Law and Department of Sociology to deliver both a broader graduate education for research students, and a more specific focus for individual students. Formal instruction in research methodology forms the basis of the taught element of the programme, and this is achieved by including three distinct taught modules per semester in first year as a fundamental element of the graduate programme. This combination of modules is supplemented by the development of generic skills.


Locate their research in the wider context of criminal justice;

Create a body of work which offers critical and original perspectives on existing knowledge, or opens up new fields of study, in criminal justice;

Demonstrate a strong foundation in theoretical and methodological principles relevant to their research question;

Engage in research related activities which enhance their transferable skills;

Work as an active and autonomous researcher.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement for entry is an appropriate honours primary bachelor's degree with a classification of 2.1 honours or a postgraduate qualification at honours level in a relevant social sciences degree programme obtained from a university or other institution recognised by the University of Limerick following a period of study similar to that required in the University of Limerick. Candidates should be proficient in the use of English for academic purposes to meet UL's minimum standards.


4 years full-time

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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