UCC Postgraduate courses

Criminology

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Criminology

  • Code

    MACRIM

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 Year Full-time; 2 Years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time

  • Qualifications

    MA

  • EU Fees

    €6,130; €3,130 (Year 1 part-time); €3,130 (Year 2 part-time)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees

    €16,400

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15 June

  • Start Date

    12 September 2022

Course Outline

Our MA in Criminology examines a broad range of theoretical and applied approaches to understanding crime: social deviance, morality, anti-social behaviour, social regulation, legislation, criminal law, justice, prevention, rehabilitation and punishment as social phenomena and as objects of social policy, and delivers a basic competence to carry out research in the field. This programme is interdisciplinary in tone and character and organized by the Schools of Sociology, Philosophy, Law, and Applied Social Studies.

Course content

This MA programme is offered on a full-time basis running over 12 months or on a part-time basis running over 24 months. The 90-credit programme has three compulsory modules plus four additional modules as follows:

Core modules:

  • CR6012 Key issues in Criminology (10 credits)
  • CR6010 Research design and methods (10 credits)
  • CR6006 Dissertation on Criminology (30 credits)

Four modules are chosen from the following options. Students must choose at least one Law (LW) module AND at least one Criminology (CR) module AND at least one Applied Social Studies (SS) module.

  • CR6000 Governmentality: Disciplines, Institutions and Critiques (10 credits)
  • CR6001 Terrorism and Organised Crime (10 credits)
  • LW6544 Criminology (10 credits)
  • LW6545 Penology (10 credits)
  • LW6546 Juvenile Justice (10 credits)
  • LW6560 Law of Cybercrime (10 credits)
  • SC6627 Social Pathology, Civic Health, New Technology (10 credits)
  • SC6638 Rethinking Borders: Sovereignty, Rights and Justice (10 credits)
  • SC6639 Feminist Epistemologies: Feminisms, Sexuality and Society (10 credits)
  • SC6641 Gender and Catastrophe (10 credits)
  • SC6642 Social Theory and Climate Justice (10 credits)
  • SS6315 Mental Health and Disability (10 credits)
  • SS6316 Children and Young People (10 credits)
  • SS6320 Conflict Transformation and Peace Building (10 credits) 

PART-TIME

Year 1 - Part I

Core modules:

  • CR6010 Research Design and Methods (10 credits)
    CR6012 Key Issues in Criminology (10 credits)

plus modules to the value of 20 credits from the optional* modules listed below:

*Students must, across both years of part-time study, take at least one Law (LW) module AND at least one Criminology (CR) module AND at least one Applied Social Studies (SS) module from the list of optional modules.

  • CR6000 Governmentality: Disciplines, Institutions, and Critiques (10 credits)
  • CR6001 Terrorism and Organised Crime (10 credits)
  • LW6544 Criminology (10 credits)
  • LW6545 Penology (10 credits)
  • LW6546 Juvenile Justice (10 credits)
  • LW6560 Law of Cybercrime (10 credits)
  • SC6627 Social Pathology, Civic Health, New Technology (10 credits)
  • SC6638 Rethinking Borders: Sovereignty, Rights and Justice (10 credits)
  • SC6639 Feminist Epistemologies: Feminisms, Sexuality and Society (10 credits)
  • SC6641 Gender and Catastrophe (10 credits)
  • SC6642 Social Theory and Climate Justice (10 credits)
  • SS6315 Mental Health and Disability (10 credits)
  • SS6316 Children and Young People (10 credits)
  • SS6320 Conflict Transformation and Peace Building (10 credits)

Year 2

In Year 2, students select two optional 10-credit modules (not previously taken in Year 1). Students must, across both years of part-time study, take at least one Law (LW) module AND at least one Criminology (CR) module AND at least one Applied Social Studies (SS) module from the list of optional modules.

Part II

  • CR6006 Dissertation on Criminology (30 credits)

See the University Calendar (MA Criminology) for the part-time programme module options.

Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

Students are assessed on six taught modules and a dissertation module. Students usually take three modules (30 credits) in Semester 1 and three modules (30 credits) in Semester 2. Classes are two hours long, often later in the day to accommodate practitioners, and usually take a lecture-seminar format. Learning is primarily student-centred and we expect students to make time to read and digest the literature for at least four hours a day. The degree is full-time, with no part-time provision.

Each module has an assessment method outlined in the book of modules.  The dissertation is expected to be between 15-20,000 words. For learning outcomes see the University Calendar (MA Criminology).

Connected Curriculum

Our learning approach reflects our commitment to the Connected Curriculum where we emphasise the connection between students, learning, research and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff are at the forefront of this integrative approach to learning and will support you in making meaningful connections within and between disciplines such as sociology, philosophy, law and applied social studies.

Who teaches this course?

Our teaching faculty are drawn from the Departments of Sociology & Criminology, Philosophy, Law, and Applied Social Studies and include:

Why Choose This Course

This course is aimed at providing students with a multidisciplinary grounding in the study of crime. Students have the option to take modules on law, psychology, sociology, and applied social studies.

Skills and Careers Information

Criminology graduates from the MA in Criminology at UCC are attractive to employers both inside and outside the criminal justice sector. Our programme encourages the development of key proficiencies such as critical thinking, analytical and communications skills; graduates with these capabilities have the option to work in many sectors associated with their degree and other related areas.

What can I do after I graduate?

Our MA graduates have a diverse range of roles both nationally and internationally. Some students come to UCC with a wealth of experience in the field, for example serving Gardai, eager to further their knowledge in the area. Other students come from an undergraduate programme or related areas such a youth work. To date, our graduate students have found employment in the Gardai, the Prison Services, the community sector, further education, and addiction services.

Jobs directly related to this programme include the following: 

  • Community development officer
  • Garda
  • Prison officer
  • Youth worker
  • Victim liaison officer
  • Researcher
  • Civil servant
  • Customs and excise officer
  • Fisheries officer

Other relevant roles include:

  • Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Solicitor
  • Addiction services employee
  • Adult intervention services
  • PhD researcher/Academic
  • Journalism/media
  • Teaching
  • UN field office employee
  • NGO – e.g. Amnesty International, Red Cross etc.

Requirements

Applicants must normally have obtained a minimum of  Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent degree in sociology, law, politics, psychology, history, applied social studies, or another subject relevant to the study of crime. Candidates who hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in an unrelated subject, or a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in a related or unrelated subject, will also be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) subject to a written expression of interest and/or interview. Evidence of written ability on a criminological topic may also be required. 

In exceptional circumstances, substantial professional experience in a relevant and related field of criminal justice may be accepted as compensating for the absence of an undergraduate degree to the required standard, subject to an interview and evidence of written ability on a criminological topic.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €6,130; €3,130 (Year 1 part-time); €3,130 (Year 2 part-time).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €16,400.

Deposits

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay?

You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie.

Additional Costs: Field trip to be confirmed - estimated cost €100-€200.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Professional Master of Education (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
  • Please enter the names and email addresses of two referees. 

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15 June

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