Course Outline
The MA in Criminology examines a broad range of theoretical and applied approaches to understanding crime: social deviance, morality, anti-social behaviour, social regulation, legislation, criminal law, justice, prevention, rehabilitation and punishment as social phenomena and as objects of social policy, and delivers a basic competence to carry out research in the field. It is interdisciplinary in tone and character and organized by the Schools of Sociology & Philosophy, Law and Applied Social Studies.

Why Choose This Course
This course is aimed at providing students with a multidisciplinary grounding in the study of crime. Students have the option to take modules on Law, psychology, sociology and applied social studies.

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have obtained a minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade I (or equivalent) degree in sociology, law, politics, psychology, history, applied social studies, or another subject relevant to the study of crime. Candidates who hold a primary degree with a Second Class Honours Grade 1 in an unrelated subject, or a Second Class Honours Grade II in a related or unrelated subject, will also be considered subject to a written expression of interest and/or interview. Evidence of written ability on a criminological topic may also be required.

In exceptional circumstances, substantial professional experience in a relevant and related field of criminal justice may be accepted as compensating for the absence of an undergraduate degree to the required standard, subject to an interview and evidence of written ability on a criminological topic.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at

International/non-EU applicants
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Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

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Assessment Info

Students are assessed on 6 taught modules and a dissertation module.

Each module has an assessment method outlined in the book of modules The dissertation is expected to be between 15-20,000 words.

Subjects taught

There are three compulsory modules on this course plus four additional modules.
The core compulsory modules are
• CR6012 Key issues in Criminology
• CR6610 Research design and methods
• CR6006 Dissertation on Criminology

Four modules from the following options. Students must take at least one Law (LW) module AND at least one Criminology (CR) module AND at least one Applied Social Studies (SS) module.

CR6019 Organised Crime and Illicit Enterprise (10 credits)
CR6020 Cybercrime Cybernetics (10 credits)
SC6639 Feminist Epistemologies: Feminisms, Sexuality and Society (10 credits)
SC6627 Social Pathology, Civic Health, New Technology (10 credits)
SC6638 Rethinking Borders: Global Challenges to Social Justice (10 credits)
LW6509 Crime and Justice in Ireland (10 credits)
LW6544 Criminology (10 credits)
LW6545 Penology (10 credits)
LW6546 Juvenile Justice (10 credits)
LW6560 Law of Cybercrime (10 credits)
SS6114 Migration, Mobilities and Social Policy (10 credits)
SS6315 Mental Health and Disability (10 credits)
SS6316 Children and Young People (10 credits)
SS6320 Conflict Transformation and Peace Building (10 credits)

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.


1 year full-time.

Course Practicalities
Students should take three modules (30 credits) in the first semester and three modules (30 credits) in the second semester. Classes will be two hours long, often later in the day to accommodate practitioners, and usually take a lecture-seminar format. Learning is primarily student-centred and we expect students to make time to read and digest the literature for at least 4 hours a day. The degree is full-time, with no part-time provision.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
Criminology graduates from the MA in Criminology at UCC are attractive to employers both inside and outside the criminal justice sector. The MA programme encourages the development of key proficiencies such as critical thinking, analytical and communications skills; graduates with these capabilities have the option to work in many sectors associated with their degree and other related areas.

What can I do after I graduate with a Masters in Criminology?
Graduates from the MA in Criminology have a diverse range of roles both nationally and internationally. Some students come to UCC with a wealth of experience in the field, for example serving Gardai and probation officers, eager to further their knowledge in the area. Other students come from an undergraduate programme or related areas such a youth work. To date our graduate students have found employment in the Gardai, the Prison Services, the community sector, further education and addiction services.

The jobs directly related to your Masters Degree include
• Community Development Officer.
• Garda
• Prison officer
• Youth worker
• Victim liaison officer.
• Researcher.
• Civil Servant
• Customs and excise officer
• Fisheries officer

Other roles that are relevant include
• Counselor
• Social Worker
• Solicitor
• Addiction services employee
• Adult intervention services
• PhD researcher/Academic
• Journalism/media
• Teaching
• UN field office employee
• NGO – e.g. Amnesty International, Red Cross etc.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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