Law - Comparative Criminology & Criminal Justice

Criminology, the scientific study of crime, 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 MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice has been developed to address this need.

Entry requirements

This programme is open to both law and non-law graduates. Candidates should have a minimum 2.2 grade, honours (level 8) degree in law or cognate discipline. For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is also required.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Careers or further progression

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 Garda Síochána, the security industry, data analytics, probation, the prison service, the civil service, research institutes, academia, and the NGO sector.

Further enquiries

Programme Director:
Dr Claire Hamilton
Tel: 01 474 7566
Address: Department of Law, Maynooth University,
Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules offered include Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice, Quantitative Analysis, Criminal Responsibility, Prison Law and Policy, and Qualitative Methods. Students also undertake a module on Professional Development and complete a Dissertation. Students can gain work experience through optional placements offered as part of the programme.


At Maynooth Law, we equip students with the core attributes required of the legal graduate, developing students' problem-solving, advocacy and legal writing skills. We offer critical insights from a range of other disciplines, including politics, psychology, economics and sociology. Students will be exposed to the operation of the law in practice, through engagement with legal firms, public and private sector organisations and community and voluntary groups.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

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.

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