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 DIT provides students with a strong theoretical grounding in, and understanding of, contemporary criminological issues as well as advanced training in research skills.
The first of its kind in Ireland, the programme has attracted many students working in the broad criminal justice area. It is highly relevant for practitioners such as lawyers, gardai, social workers, social care workers, psychologists, youth workers and related professionals. The programme will also provide a good grounding for those seeking to pursue careers in research in the broad social sciences field or for those seeking to pursue higher qualifications (such MPhil or PhD degrees).
(this page also includes Fees information)
Full-time: 1 year, approx 7 contact hrs. per week plus dissertation
Part-time: 2 years, approx 3.5 contact hrs. per week plus dissertation
The fees for 2018/19 are:
DT568 - MA in Criminology (Full Time): €7,400
DT550 - MA in Criminology (Part Time): €2,835
Students on this programme are required to undertake a dissertation, which gives an opportunity to conduct in-depth research on a topic of your choice. To see examples of research conducted by MA students across the School [click here]
The members of the course team are: Dr. Mairead Seymour, Dr. Kevin Lalor, Dr. Nicola Hughes and Dr. Sinead Freeman.
Full-time students typically attend lectures on 2 afternoons/evenings per week.
Part-time students typically attend lectures on 1 afternoon / evening per week, but will often be required to attend a 2nd evening during those semesters where Optional modules are undertaken.
Students complete three core modules, two optional modules and a dissertation on the programme as follows:
Criminological Theory (Core)
Criminal Justice System (Core)
Research Methods (Core)
Criminal Law (Option)
Criminal Psychology (Option)
Desistance: The Route out of Crime (Option)
Policing and the Governance of Security (Option)
Studies in Victimology & Crime Prevention (Option)
Youth Offending & Youth Justice Perspectives (Option)
Please note that optional modules on offer vary from year to year.
Full details of all modules (outline, learning outcomes, assessment, reading lists) can be found in the MA Criminology Student Handbook
The MA in Criminology builds on students’ existing undergraduate qualifications to assist them in accessing positions within the criminal justice field and related roles in crime prevention, restorative justice and penal reform. In particular, the course adds to existing students’ qualifications in professional practice fields like social work, social care, youth & community work, law and psychology. The course provides also a solid grounding for those wishing to work in research within the social sciences.
The course also provides a part-time option for practitioners and professionals already in careers in the broad criminal justice and related fields who are seeking to build upon their existing qualifications and experience.
Graduates of the course will have a solid foundation from which to pursue higher research degrees at MPhil or PhD level. Many students completing the course have taken this option by either choosing DIT as their host institute for further study or have secured PhD positions in Universities at home and abroad.
The course staff have a solid network of links to the broad criminal justice field and are active in areas such as penal reform, crime prevention and youth justice. The programme has an alumni of over 200 students working in the criminal justice and related sectors. The programme also has solid links to the sector through its advisory group which is comprised of agencies such as the Probation Service, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Garda Research Office, the Department of Justice and Equality, and the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission. High achieving students are awarded prizes sponsored by the sector.