Law - Comparative Criminology & Criminal Justice
Criminology deals with issues that are constantly in the media and attract much public interest. Given the impact of globalising processes on crime and on society more generally in the contemporary era, the Department of Law has identified the need for a programme to deepen engagement with the global across a wide range of criminological and criminal justice issues. The PG Diploma in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice has been developed to address this need.
At a time of global links at the level of crime threats and criminal justice responses, our view of criminal justice systems as comprising distinct national jurisdictions comes increasingly under challenge. With this increasing cosmopolitanism comes a need to examine a broad range of criminological and criminal justice issues from an internationally comparative perspective. This is what the PG Diploma programme aims to do through the unique combination of generic modules in qualitative and quantitative research methods together with theoretical awareness of key issues in comparative criminology such as the aims of comparison, the different schools of thought on comparative criminological research and the impact of globalisation.
Applicants must have a recognised primary degree that is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Applicants must have obtained an honours degree (minimum 2nd class honour) in law or a cognate discipline, such as criminology, social policy, sociology, politics, history, psychology etc). A personal statement of up to 1,000 words outlining why an applicant is suitable for the programme should be included as part of an application. This personal statement will form part of the assessment by the Admissions Committee. These are the minimum entry requirements and meeting these requirements will not guarantee an offer of entry onto the programme. Applications by applicants with other types of diplomas or who do not reach this minimum level of qualifications will be determined by the Admissions Committee in line with the University's policy on recognition of prior experiential learning. The programme will also be accessible to international students from all jurisdictions, as no prior knowledge of the common law is required.
Minimum English language requirements:
IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
PTE (Pearson): 62
Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850
Part-time students complete 30 taught credits each year.
Not all modules offered will run every year; offerings are dependent upon demand and other potential constraints. Outside of a small number of compulsory modules, students may choose any combination of modules they wish.
Course duration: 2 years, Part-time
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.
Post Course Info
The programme will allow students to build upon their existing qualifications with a view to accessing positions within the justice and security field, with the additional advantage that students will be provided with a genuinely international and comparative outlook. Graduates may go on to work in careers within An Gardaí Síochána, the security industry, data analytics, probation, the prison service, the civil service, research institutes, academia, the NGO sector, etc.