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Criminology / CoireolaĆ­ocht

DT568 FT DT550 PT


Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.

The MA in Criminology at the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology is the first postgraduate taught programme of its kind in the Republic of Ireland. The programme aims to provide students with a firm theoretical grounding in, and understanding of, contemporary criminological issues as well as thorough training in research skills.

The programme provides an excellent grounding for those seeking to pursue a career in research and/or policy making or for those seeking to pursue higher qualifications (such as MPhil or PhD degrees). The programme is also targeted at those working in, or aspiring to work in, the criminal justice field including lawyers, gardaí, course officers, social workers, social care workers, psychologists, youth workers and related professionals.

Entry Requirements:

Students must normally hold a second class honours degree, lower division (2.2) or higher in the area of social science, law, sociology, psychology or cognate discipline. Please be sure to include transcripts of your final degree award at time of application. If this is not readily available please include transcripts of your academic career to date.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements but who have significant relevant professional or vocational experience will also be considered. In addition to the online application form, this latter category of applicants should include two written references with their application and also may be asked to present for interview.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study, applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.

Career Opportunities

The MA in Criminology provides the opportunity for those who work in the criminal justice system or related agencies to reflect on their work from within an academic discipline. It also provides graduate students with a thorough foundation in research methods, theoretical principles and contemporary debates as a prelude to a career in research, policy making, academia or further study (PhD.).

Course Content

Students will be required to complete three core modules, two of six optional modules and a dissertation.

Core Modules

  • Criminological Theory

  • The Criminal Justice System

  • Research Methods

  • Dissertation

Optional Modules (Students complete two of six optional modules):

  • Criminal Law

  • Criminal Psychology

  • Desistance: The Route out of Crime

  • Policing, Crime Prevention and Governance of Security

  • Victimology: Theory and Measurement

  • Youth Offending and Youth Justice Perspectives

Criminology is traditionally defined as the 'scientific study of crime'. It is an exciting inter-discriplinary subject that draws from sociology, psychology and law to focus on issues such as the causes of crime, the meaning of crime and community or societal reactions to crime. A criminologist is not to be confused with a 'criminalist' who reconstructs a crime scene or works with crime scene evidence for forensic purposes.


Assessment methods include written assignments, individual and group presentations and a dissertation.

Who Should Apply?

The online application form is available by clicking on the relevant button under 'Apply Now' at the top of the page.

If you are a non-EU applicant, please click for International Office contact details here.

Timetable / Hours

Full-time students complete the programme in one year. Modules are taught over two semesters (consisting of 12 teaching weeks each) and students complete a dissertation in the third semester. Students may also take the programme on a part-time basis over two years. Part-time students complete a  dissertation at the end of the final year.

Full-time students attend lectures two evenings per week (from 4pm onwards) and part-time students attend on one evening per week (may require attendance on a second evening depending on the optional module selected in semester two, year 1). Students are required to complete substantial reading and written assignements outside of timetabled class hours. It is strongly recommended therefore that those in full-time employment complete the programme on a part-time basis.


Graduates are eligible for the award of MA in Criminology of the Dublin Institute of Technology. Students who do not wish to pursue the programme to Masters level may opt to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology after the completion of all taught modules (60 credits).

For further information

Dr Sinead Freeman
School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences
College of Arts and Tourism
Dept of Social Sciences
Dublin Institute of Technology, Grangegorman, Dublin 7

T: 01 402 4210

Frequently Asked Questions

Further information see Department of Social Sciences MA in Criminology page

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