The MA in Criminology examines a broad range of theoretical and applied approaches to understanding 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.

Why Choose This Course
This course is aimed at providing students with a multidisciplinary grounding in the study of crime. Students have the option to take modules on Law, psychology, sociology and applied social studies.

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 click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .


1 year (12 months) full-time

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

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 Gardai 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 Gardai, the Prison Services, the community sector, further education and addiction services.

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

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Dr. Katharina Swirak
+ 353 21 490 2572

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 online.


Course Practicalities
Students are assessed on 6 taught modules and a dissertation module.

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

Students should take three modules (30 credits) in the first semester and three modules (30 credits) in the second semester. 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

Students are assessed on 6 taught modules and a dissertation module.

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 2019 start dates will open on November 1st 2018.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means we offer places four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. We advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications:

For all completed applications received by January 11th 2019
Offers will be made:Offers will be made by January 25th 2019

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by March 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by May 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offer will be made by July 15th 2019

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

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

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

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 9 September 2019

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