Criminology BA (Hons)

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Course Code: CK113

Course Title: Criminology

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences


Duration: 3 or 4 years for the International Pathway

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BA (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Entry Points: 2017: 412


The Criminology BA is a window on the world, giving insight into human diversity in complex societies and a textured view of our propensity to err, conflict, blame and punish. 

This contemporary course combines key topics in the social sciences and law – such as crime, deviance, morality, conflict, censure and justice – with philosophy, history, cultural studies and a language. The result is an exceptional breadth and depth of perspective and context. 

This is a research-driven, interdisciplinary programme that delivers an international body of knowledge, as well as research skills and critical thinking. The programme provides a strong intellectual background for anyone thinking of working in culturally sensitive areas such as policing, prisons, social work, journalism, politics, research, care, health and justice agencies, support groups, charities, film or television.

Course Details

Year 1 Modules:


CR1001 Criminology: A History and Introduction (5 credits)

CR1002 Criminology: Key Concepts, Studies and Issues (10 credits)

CR1003 Introduction to the Psychology of Crime (5 credits)

SC1012 Introduction to Sociology (A) (5 credits)

SC1013 Key Issues in Sociology (B) (10 credits);

plus one 10-credit option from the following:

Law (10 credits):

  • LW1168 Introduction to the Legal System for Criminology I
  • LW1169 Introduction to the Legal System for Criminology II


Criminology (10 credits)

  • CR1004 Introduction to Law and Social Control
  • CR1005 Law, Crime and Societies


15 credits of language options in one of French, German, Spanish, Irish or Italian or


PH1001 (15 credits) or

15 credits of Government modules:

GV1217 Introduction to Political Science (5 credits);

GV1204 Democracy, Ideology and Utopia (5 credits) and

GV1207 Politics and Government of Ireland

Year 2 Modules:


SC2021 Sociology of Crime and Deviance (5 credits);

CR2001 Contemporary Criminological Theory

SC2002 Introduction to Social Research


Forensic Sociology;  Official Criminal Statistics, Crime and Media in Ireland;  Victims and Victimology;  Sex Offenders;  Crime, Urbanisation and Cities;  Coercive Confinement and Social Control in Ireland;  Terrorism and Political Violence;  Policing Modern Society; Comparative Perspectives on Policing;  Policing and Popular Justice in Ireland, 1803-1960; Crime, Violence, and Revolutionary Ireland, 1913-1925; Education in Prisons;  Anthropology and Social Control;  Gender and Crime;  Life-course Criminology and Desistance;  Social Statistics;  Penal Policy and Practice;  Abnormal Psychology;  Criminal Law;  Criminal Evidence; International Human Rights Law;  French;  Gaeilge/Irish; German;  Hispanic Studies;  Italian plus modules in Philosophy, Government and Politics.

Year 3* Modules:


CR3001 Dissertation on Criminology: research design (5 credits);

CR3002 Dissertation on Criminology (10 credits);

CR3010 Criminal Justice Policy (10 credits)

Electives (include many modules on offer from Year 2 as well as modules on):

Human Trafficking;   Animals and Crime;  Online Crime;  Drugs, Crime and Society;  Corporate Crime;  Regulating the Environment;  Forensic Psychology;  Religion and Magic in Reformation Europe;  Witches, Demons, Jews and Heretics;  Censorship in Twentieth-Century Ireland;  Abnormal Psychology;  Political Philosophy;  Professional Ethics;  Social Theory;  Sociology of Development and Globalization:  Introduction to Planning and Sustainable Development;  Sociology of Media;  Sociology of Law;  Sociology of Health and Illness;  Social Statistics; Family, Gender, Sexualities;  Forensic Psychology;  French; Gaeilge/Irish;  German;  History;  Hispanic Studies;  Italian plus modules in Philosophy, Government and Politics.

*Students may opt to spend third year studying at a partner institution abroad if they are registered on the BA Criminology (International Pathway).

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements:

H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes. 

Mature students: Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and must sit the MSAP exam.  Approximately ten places are available to mature applicants.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and applicants must also sit the MSAP exam.  Mature applicants are very welcome in the study of criminology on CK113.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Most modules use other types of assessment, such as essays.

In the final year, students must write a dissertation, which will normally be a literature review, on a topic of their choosing, and thus have the opportunity to undertake a substantial research.

Who Teaches This Course

Core modules of this degree will be taught by UCC academic staff members including Professor Colin Sumner, Dr Orla Lynch and Dr Katharina Swirak.   Several electives will be taught by outside experts, including practitioners from the criminal justice system, and there will be seminars led by doctoral students and local scholars.

Further Contact Information

Criminology Office,

Safari Building, UCC

T: 00353 (0) 21 490 2472


Contact us

E: Professor Colin Sumner

P: 021 490 2900
W: Website

Related Courses:

B SocSc

BA (Sociology)

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