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Law - Criminal Justice

On the Postgraduate Certificate in Criminal Justice you will study the law, policy and context within which the criminal justice system in Ireland operates. At the same time you will get valuable insights into various aspects of the law in action by engaging with social workers, legal professionals and others. The course will be of interest to students and practitioners from a range of different fields including: law, social policy, political science, civil service, policing and social sciences.

Course Practicalities
Classes are in seminar format. This participative and interactive format of teaching is suitable for postgraduate level. You will receive advance reading lists and/or materials for each seminar. Seminars take place in two-hour blocks between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. 10 credit modules run for 12 weeks and 5 credit modules run for 6 weeks.

Entry requirements

Candidates must be approved by the School of Law and must normally:
(a) hold a Law Degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1 or
(b) have such other relevant third level educational qualifications and/or professional experience as, in the opinion of the School of Law, qualifies the candidate to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Criminal Justice.


1 year part-time.
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
Graduates of this course are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue and advance careers in criminal justice-focused policy bodies, with government departments and agencies, with non-governmental organisations (both nationally and internationally), and other bodies who work within the criminal justice sector.

Further enquiries

Anna O’Sullivan Administrator
T: +353 (0)21 420 5170

Programme Coordinator Name: Dr Catherine O'Sullivan
Email Address:
Telephone: +353 (0)21 490 3285
Address: School of Law

E: Veronica Calnan
P: 353 21 490 3995

Subjects taught

Students choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the following:

LW6544 Criminology (10 credits)
LW6545 Penology (10 credits)
LW6546 Juvenile Justice (10 credits)
LW6550 International Criminal Law (10 credits)
LW6560 Cybercrime (10 credits)


Unique Aspects of the Course
The Postgraduate Certificate in Criminal Justice builds on the School of Law’s wide range of expertise and knowledge in the area of criminal justice. You can advance your studies in Criminal Justice by building on the Certificate to complete a Diploma in Criminal Justice or an LLM in Criminal Justice (provided you get a honours mark in your Certificate).

Assessment method

You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year. Individual module assessments can be viewed in the Book of Modules.

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

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee €2,500

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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