Master of Arts Criminology   DT550

  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Level 9
  • 2 Years
  • Part-Time
  • Mountjoy Square
  • School of Languages, Law and Society
  • College of Arts and Tourism

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What is Master of Arts Criminology?

The School of Social Sciences and Legal Studies invites applications for the taught MA in Criminology. Criminology is traditionally defined as the 'scientific study of crime'. It 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 community or societal reactions to crime. A criminologist is not be confused with a 'criminalist' who reconstructs a crime scene or works with crime scene evidence for forensic purposes. The core philosophy underpinning the programme is a belief in the importance of application of theory to practice. This is a feature of undergraduate programmes in the Department of Social Sciences and we are committed to offering Criminology students the opportunity to study criminology in the context of real lives, problems and behaviour. A further core position is a belief in the importance of sound theoretical positions, supported by robust empirical evidence, in informing all aspects of professional practice in the justice system, from social workers and social care workers to police, probation workers and the judiciary. The programme aims to educate students to high levels of contemporary theoretical criminological awareness, to create an atmosphere of rigorous academic enquiry and writing and to apply these to all aspects of criminal behaviour and its associated problems in Ireland today. This programme will be useful for those working in, or aspiring to work in, the broad criminal justice area. It will be relevant for practitioners such as lawyers, gardai, social workers, social care workers, psychologists, youth workers and related professionals. The programme will 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).


Students may be required to attend classes at locations across the Institute.

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