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The MA in Criminology examines a broad range of theories and studies of crime, social deviance, morality, anti-social behaviour, social regulation, legislation, criminal law, justice, prevention, rehabilitation and punishment as social phenomena and as objects of social policy, and delivers a basic competence to carry out research in the field. It is interdisciplinary in tone and character and organized by the Schools of Sociology & Philosophy, Law and Applied Social Studies.

Unique Aspects of the Course.
This MA has an exceptionally strong teaching team with international-quality publications and research in the areas of the sociology of crime and deviance, criminology, critical social policy, criminal law and criminal justice process in Ireland.

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have obtained a minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade I (or equivalent) degree in sociology, law, politics, psychology, history, applied social studies, or another subject relevant to the study of crime. Candidates who hold a primary degree with a Second Class Honours Grade 1 in an unrelated subject, or a Second Class Honours Grade II in a related or unrelated subject, will also be considered subject to a written expression of interest and/or interview. Evidence of written ability on a criminological topic may also be required. In exceptional circumstances, substantial professional experience in a relevant and related field of criminal justice may be accepted as compensating for the absence of an undergraduate degree to the required standard, subject to an interview and evidence of written ability on a criminological topic.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


1 year (12 months) full-time

Careers or further progression

Criminology graduates from the MA in Criminology at UCC are attractive to employers both inside and outside the criminal justice sector. The MA programme encourages the development of key proficiencies such as critical thinking, analytical and communications skills; graduates with these capabilities have the option to work in many sectors associated with their degree and other related areas.

What can I do after I graduate with a Masters in Criminology?

Graduates from the MA in Criminology have a diverse range of roles both nationally and internationally. Some students come to UCC with a wealth of experience in the field, for example serving Gardaí and probation officers, eager to further their knowledge in the area. Other students come from an undergraduate programme or related areas such a youth work. To date our graduate students have found employment in the Gardaí, the Prison Services, the community sector, further education and addiction services. [Fill in with additional skillset that this course provides. If possible link to yearly events students are be involved in, which offer very practical upskilling such as organising a postgrad conference]

The jobs directly related to your Masters Degree include:
◾Community Development Officer.
◾Prison officer
◾Probation officer
◾Youth worker
◾Victim liaison officer.
◾Civil Servant
o Customs and excise officer
o Fisheries officer

Other roles that are relevant include

◾Social Worker
◾Addiction services employee
◾Adult intervention services
◾PhD researcher/Academic
◾UN field office employee
◾NGO – e.g. Amnesty International, Red Cross etc.

What are our graduates doing?
Probation officers
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Further enquiries

Programme Director: Dr Orla Lynch
Telephone: 00 353 214902807

Second Contact details:
Prof Colin Sumner

Subjects taught

There are three compulsory modules on this course plus four additional modules.

The core compulsory modules are
SC6612 Key issues in Criminology
SC6610 Research design and methods
SC6606 Dissertation on Criminology

Students must choose four modules from the following options ensuring they choose at least ONE law module and at least ONE sociology module and at least ONE Applied Social studies module.
◾SC6611 Sociology of Crime and Deviance (sociology)
◾SC6609Terrorism and Political Violence (sociology)
◾SC6613 Victimology (sociology)
◾SC6627 Social Pathology and Civic Health (sociology)
◾SC6617 Online Crime and Security
◾LW6606 International Human Rights Law
◾LW6546 Juvenile Justice (Law)
◾LW6545 Penology (Law)
◾SS6113 Crime Prevention and Society: Policies Governance and Interventions (Applied Social Studies)
◾SS6315 Mental Health and Disability (Applied Social Studies)
◾SS6320 Conflict transformation and peace building (Applied Social Studies)
◾SS6316 Children and Young People (Applied Social Studies)

For more details on the programme content and module description, see the current Postgraduate Academic Calendar.


Course Practicalities.

Students are assessed through 4 modules and a dissertation.

Full details of the current syllabus and timetable can be found at .

Students should take two modules in the first semester and two in the second, although on agreement with the Personal Tutor some could do 3 and 1. Dissertation titles should be fixed by February and the dissertation itself written between May and September. Classes will be two hours long, often later in the day to accommodate practitioners, and usually take a lecture-seminar format. Learning is primarily student-centred and we expect students to make time to read and digest the literature for at least 4 hours a day. The degree is full-time, with no part-time provision.

Assessment method

Each module has an assessment method outlined in the book of modules The dissertation is expected to be between 15-20,000 words.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU FEE: €6,000

Additional costs: Fieldtrip to be confirmed - estimated cost 100-200 euros

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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