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Criminology & Criminal Justice

Crime and punishment are issues of central importance to society and by bringing academic rigour to their examination the Institute contributes to the achievement of national priorities. The work of Ireland’s only Institute of Criminology, which brings together researchers from across UCD, has been the focus of debates in parliament, legislative and policy initiatives and numerous reports in the media. Members of the Institute have engaged in major research in this area spanning the full range of criminology and criminal justice from work on coercive confinement, prison violence to the dynamics of desistance.

On completion of this programme, students will be able:
• To understand and think critically about the intersections between law, politics and social policy that come to the fore in the study of Criminology and Criminal Justice;
• To apply their knowledge and understanding of Criminology and Criminal Justice to real and hypothetical factual situations;
• To conduct independent research and write coherent, well-structured papers.

CIEL

The Comparative International and European Law (CIEL) programme is an exchange programme for registered full-time LLM students. The programme includes joint thesis supervision with academic colleagues at both the home and host institution. Upon successful completion students are awarded the CIEL certificate in addition to their LLM award.

Maastricht University (Courses through English: English as first language or an overall score of score 6.5 in IELTS)

Universität Mannheim (Courses through German: German as first language, Leaving Certificate B2 or equivalent)

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Courses through English: English as first language or an overall score of score 6.5 in IELTS)

Université Toulouse 1 Capitole (Courses through French: French as first language, Leaving Certificate B2 or equivalent)

University of Antwerp (Courses through English: English as first language or an overall score of score 6.5 in IELTS)

University of Zagreb (Courses through English: English as first language or an overall score of score 6.5 in IELTS)

Students admitted to LLM programmes holding a 2:1 in their undergraduate Law degree and relevant language results are eligible to apply in late September/Early October when they have begun their programme. Spaces are allocated on a competitive basis. Open to September start students only.​

LLM Exchange to the University of Melbourne

Sutherland School of Law will offer one full-time registered LLM, September start, student the opportunity to spend Semester Two of their full-time LLM programme in the University of Melbourne. This is open only to students admitted to an LLM programme holding a high 2:1 in their undergraduate Law degree. Allocation will be based on academic performance to date and interview. Application to this will open in October.

Additional Notes for Applicants:

Please note that the Part Time programme has the same timetable as the full time programme but is held over 2 years rather than 1 year.

There will be dissertation seminars in weeks 1-4 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11-1pm (Jan-May term)

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Entry requirements

Degree Requirements
Applicants must hold a Law degree, or an inter-disciplinary degree in which law was a major component. Applicants must have achieved at least an upper second class honours or equivalent.
Applicants holding a Graduate Diploma in Law may be considered but will normally be admitted only where they can show an exceptionally strong performance in both their undergraduate degree and diploma.
Exemption from these requirements may be given to those with significant, relevant, practical experience or those with a graduate qualification at Masters level or higher in a relevant discipline. Such applicants should state clearly in their application why they feel their qualifications/experiences are appropriate for admission to the programme.
In exceptional circumstances, substantial professional experience within a related field may be regarded by the selection panel as compensating for a lack of an undergraduate degree to the required standard. Such applicants should state clearly in their application why they feel their other qualifications/experience are appropriate for admission onto the programme.

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e. overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) The test results must be less than 2 years old.
The School encourages all applicants whose first language is not English to attend the pre-sessional English programme offered by the UCD Applied Language Centre, details of which are available at www.ucd.ie/alc.
 International applicants should visit the UCD International Office website (www.ucd.ie/international) for information regarding our campus, location of UCD, visa information, registration and orientation.

Application Procedure

Applicants should indicate which programme they are applying for. All applicants should note:
Official transcripts must be submitted as proof of examination results by all applicants except UCD graduates.
The personal statement is an important component of the application. It should contain information demonstrating your capability to undertake the course successfully. You should detail any relevant research and practical experience including any publications and major essays/projects.
Applicants must nominate two academic referees (name, position, postal address, e-mail address and telephone number). If an applicant has been in employment for more than two years, one of the referees must be your employer.

Please note: If you are offered a place on the LLM programme, accepting that place is a two-part process. You must submit an on-line acceptance and you must also pay a non-refundable deposit (normally €500) within 15 working days of the date of your offer letter.

Letter Of Recommendation‌

Justine McCann
UCD Sutherland School of Law,
University College Dublin,
Belfield,
Dublin 4

Telephone (01) 716 4109
E-mail: lawpostgraduate@ucd.ie

Duration

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

Careers
This programme is well- suited to those interested in legal practice, public service, or any other career where success is built upon the ability to understand, analyse and respond to developments in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

We have an excellent Careers Development Centre here at UCD, designed to help you with information regarding future employment or studies. UCD hold a number of graduate events throughout the year including a dedicated law fair at which at which many of the big Law firms will be in attendance. The School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on it’s Academic staff, Dr. Oonagh Breen, and a staff member from the careers office will be in attendance at the School of law on a number of occasions throughout the academic year. To see the full range of services offered by the careers office go to http://www.ucd.ie/careers/

Further enquiries

Justine McCann
Tel: (01) 716 4109
E-mail: lawpostgraduate@ucd.ie

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Criminology Dissertation LAW41350

Stage 1 - Option

Crime and Society LAW40610

Punishment, Prisons & Public Policy LAW40620

Advanced Criminological Theory LAW40640

Digital Investigations&the Law LAW40860

Desistance, Rehabilitation and Reintegration LAW40970

Victims LAW40980

Coercive Confinement LAW41050

International Criminal Justice LAW41160

Immigration & Asylum: Law, Politics & Rights LAW41310

Human Rights Clinic LAW41670

Philosophy of Criminal Law PHIL41370

Policing & Social Conflict SOC40080

Drug Use, Community & Society SPOL40530

Comment

A specialisation in criminology and criminal justice will be of interest to law graduates who wish to develop a career in criminal law, to non-law graduates who wish to work in one of the criminal justice agencies, or to those working in prisons, probation, policing and the courts.

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

LLM Criminology & Criminal Justice FT (B292)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

LLM Criminology & Criminal Justice PT (B293)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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