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What is... Criminology ?

Criminology is an exciting inter-disciplinary subject that draws on sociology, psychology and law to focus on issues such as the causes of crime, the meaning of crime and societal reactions to crime. The MA in Criminology in TU Dublin provides students with a strong theoretical grounding in, and understanding of, contemporary criminological issues as well as advanced training in research skills.

Entry requirements

Students must normally hold a second class honours degree, lower division (2.2) or higher in the area of social science, law, sociology, psychology or cognate discipline. Please be sure to include transcripts of your final degree award at time of application. If this is not readily available please include transcripts of your academic career to date.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements but who have significant relevant professional or vocational experience will also be considered. In addition to the online application form, this latter category of applicants should include two written references with their application and also may be asked to present for interview.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study, applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.


1 Year Full Time

2 Years Part Time

Method of Delivery Classroom

Full-time students complete the programme in one year. Modules are taught over two semesters (consisting of 12 teaching weeks each) and students complete a dissertation in the third semester. Students may also take the programme on a part-time basis over two years. Part-time students complete a dissertation at the end of the final year.

Full-time students attend lectures two evenings per week (from 4pm onwards) and part-time students attend on one evening per week (may require attendance on a second evening depending on the optional module selected in semester two, year 1). Students are required to complete substantial reading and written assignements outside of timetabled class hours. It is strongly recommended therefore that those in full-time employment complete the programme on a part-time basis.

Careers or further progression

The MA in Criminology provides the opportunity for those who work in the criminal justice system or related agencies to reflect on their work from within an academic discipline. It also provides graduate students with a thorough foundation in research methods, theoretical principles and contemporary debates as a prelude to a career in research, policy making, academia or further study (PhD.).

Further enquiries

Contact Us

Dr Sinead Freeman

01 402 4210

Subjects taught

Course Content

Students will be required to complete three core modules, two of six optional modules and a dissertation.

Core Modules

Criminological Theory

The Criminal Justice System

Research Methods


Optional Modules (Students complete two of six optional modules):

Criminal Law

Criminal Psychology

Desistance: The Route out of Crime

Policing and Governance of Security

Studies in Victimology and Crime Prevention

Youth Offending and Youth Justice Perspectives

Criminology is traditionally defined as the 'scientific study of crime'. It is an exciting inter-discriplinary subject that draws from sociology, psychology and law to focus on issues such as the causes of crime, the meaning of crime and community or societal reactions to crime. A criminologist is not to be confused with a 'criminalist' who reconstructs a crime scene or works with crime scene evidence for forensic purposes.



Department of Social Sciences, DIT, 41 Mountjoy Square,Dublin1.

From September 2014 the MA in Criminology will relocate to Grangegorman

Qualification Awarded:

Graduates are eligible for the award of MA in Criminology of the Dublin Institute of Technology. Students who do not wish to pursue the programme to Masters level may opt to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology after the completion of all taught modules (60 credits).

Assessment methods include written assignments, individual and group presentations and a dissertation.

Assessment method

Assessment methods include examinations (in January and May/June), written assignments, individual and group presentations and a dissertation.

Application date

Applications open from Monday, 4th November 2019.

Enrolment and start dates

Commencement Date September 2020

Location City Centre: Grangegorman

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