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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:
1. Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
2. Postgraduate Certificate in Financial Management
3. Postgraduate Certificate in Criminal Justice
4. Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Management
5. Postgraduate Certificate in Local Government Management
6. 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)

Is This Programme For You?
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

Admission Requirements
Applicants for Postgraduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates, MA, MEconSc and MSc programmes must have a primary degree or equivalent qualification.


One academic year.

Delivery Method
A blend of distance learning and weekend seminars at the IPA campus in Dublin.

Further enquiries

Tel: +353 1 240 3600

Subjects taught

Year Two
Semester One
Crime and Society
This course examines how to understand the effect of crime on society and vice versa. It examines theories of criminal behaviour, environmental criminology, situational crime prevention, influences on crime, forms of crime, drug-related crimes, and changes in crime rates in Ireland.

The Management of Policing
This course provides a history and analysis of policing in Ireland and elsewhere. It considers, among other things, the current functions of An Garda Síochána, global changes in policing, the growth of non-governmental policing, the role of the community in policing itself, and the future of policing.

Criminal Sanctions and the State
The third module of this semester turns to the sanctions that the State applies for criminal behaviour. It explores sociological explanations for the development of modern punishment, the expansion of criminal sanctions in Ireland, contemporary developments in the Irish penal system, sentencing, incarceration, alternatives to custody, the challenge of restorative justice 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.


Accreditation: National University of Ireland
Place on NFQ: Level 9 (Special Purpose Award).
Award: Postgraduate Certificate.

Students who commence an IPA programme in the academic year 2018-2019 will graduate with a qualification accredited by the National University of Ireland (NUI). IPA postgraduate programmes sit between levels eight and ten on the ten-point National Framework of Qualifications.

Assessment method

Students are generally assessed by means of assignments, final exams and a minor dissertation.

Application date

Apply Online from August 2018, students can apply online at

Apply by Post
Please complete the application form and return it to the IPA, together with:
• One copy of your degree or relevant qualification
• One passport-type photograph
• The semester fee or
• A letter from your employer confirming that fees will be paid directly to the IPA.

Places on the programmes are limited and demand for places is likely to exceed the number available. Consequently, you are strongly advised to apply as early as possible.

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.

When fees are being paid by the participant's employer, the IPA will invoice the fee for each semester separately.

Enrolment and start dates

Commences: September 2018.

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