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Criminal Justice

Postgraduate Certificates are one-year programmes in which
students take the second year of IPA MA programmes.
There are six options:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
- Postgraduate Certificate in Financial Management
- Postgraduate Certificate in Criminal Justice
- Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Management
- Postgraduate Certificate in Local Government Management
- Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Strategy

Students take three or four subjects and complete a minor
dissertation. For information on the subjects taken, see the
descriptions under Subjects below (Year Two of the relevant MA)

Many graduate students are interested in a number of the fields in which the IPA offers qualifications. Students who wish to focus exclusively on HRM, Financial Management or any other of the specialisms listed above may do so by studying the second year of the MA programme. On completion, they will receive a Postgraduate Certificate in the specialism of their choice. New responsibilities at work or changes in career very often mean that instruction in a new field and an extra qualification are necessary. These one-year certificates are designed to meet such needs.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificates are expressly designed for those who want to obtain, in a short space of time, a further postgraduate qualification in a discrete subject area.


1 Year

Distance education supported by weekend seminars

Delivery and Duration
Other than the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Management (which requires a major dissertation), all Postgraduate Certificates consists of three subjects and a minor dissertation. They are all delivered through distance education, so students can live and work anywhere in Ireland and can remain in full-time employment. Students attend some weekend seminars at the IPA in Dublin.

Further enquiries

Postgraduate Office,
Whitaker School of Government and Management,
Institute of Public Administration,
57 - 61 Lansdowne Road,
Dublin 4,

Tel +353 (0) 1 240 3600
LoCall 1890 20 26 26
Fax +353 (0) 1 668 9135

Subjects taught

Semester One
Crime and Society
Theories of criminal behaviour (control theory, labelling theory, rational choice theory), environmental criminology and situational crime prevention, influences on crime (gender, class, location, race), forms of crime, violent and drug-related crimes and changes in crime rates in Ireland.

The Management of Policing
Distinction between police and policing, historical development of policing in Ireland, current functions of An Garda Síochána, global changes in policing, growth of nongovernmental policing, role of the community in policing itself, the future of policing and how the provision of security might affect public policy.

Criminal Sanctions and the State
Rationale for criminal sanctions, sociological explanations for the development of modern punishment, expansion of criminal sanctions in Ireland from the 18th century, contemporary developments in the Irish penal system, sentencing, incarceration, alternatives to custody, the challenge of restorative justice and its implications for the criminal justice system, the sociology of prisons and contemporary theories of prison rehabilitation.

Semester Two
In the second semester of year two, students write a dissertation on a specific criminal justice management issue.


Accredited by UCD
Level 9 (Special Purpose Award) on the National Framework for Qualifications

Postgraduate Certificates are expressly designed for those who want to obtain, in a short space of time, a further postgraduate qualification in a discrete subject area.

Assessment method

This programme is assessed through assignments and final examinations.

Application date

Apply Directly to IPA - online application available - see link below

Course fee

The cost of the programme is €5,000 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees, all seminars, textbooks and course material), payable in two instalments.

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