Human Rights in Criminal Justice

This fully online programme is designed to emphasize the inter-relationship between what has traditionally been taught as the two distinct disciplines of human rights and criminal justice. Students will be provided with a comprehensive knowledge of this ever-developing field of law and encouraged to assess the merit of mainstreaming human rights within the criminal justice processes. Covering key areas such as criminal justice and sentencing, penology and victimology, and human rights, the programme aims to foster general and specific skills with respect to the modern criminal justice system both in Ireland and internationally.

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Year 1

Autumn Semester
• Advanced Legal Research Methods
• Advanced Crime and Criminal Justice

Spring Semester
• Using Evidence to Improve Societal Outcomes in the Real World
• Youth Crime

Programme Content

Year 2

Autumn Semester
• Penology and Victimology
• Criminal Justice Processes and Sentencing

Spring Semester
• Postgraduate Human Rights Law
• Dissertation Methodology

Summer Semester
• LLM/MA Dissertation

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have a second class honours degree, grade 2 (2.2) in law or in a relevant social science (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Applicants with a primary degree in law should apply for the LLM whereas all non-law applicants should apply for the MA. The course structure, elective modules and assessment instruments are the same for LLM and MA students."Applicants with a primary degree in law will be awarded an LL.M., whereas all other applicants will be awarded an M.A.

In exceptional circumstances an applicant who cannot satisfy the undergraduate requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant work experience in accordance with UL's Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning.

Applications from those with practical experience in either field are particularly encouraged.

Application dates

What to Upload with your Application

Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)

A copy of your birth certificate or passport

A one page supporting statement, which should demonstrate: (1) our motivation, enthusiasm and a clear understanding of why you are making the application to the Human Rights in Criminal Justice master's programme, and to UL; (2) how your academic background and other relevant experiences have shaped your decision to apply and how the programme of study contributes to your career plans; (3) Evidence that you have the ability, experience, skills and motivation to successfully complete the programme of study.

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate


2 Years Part Time - Online

More details
  • Qualification letters

    LLM MA

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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