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MA in Criminology (Dublin Institute of Technology)

30th May 2014

DIT MA imageApplications are now invited for the MA in Criminology at the School of Social Sciences and Law, Dublin Institute of Technology; the deadline for applications is 30th June 2014.

From September 2014 Lectures will take place at the new DIT Campus at Grangegorman Dublin 7.

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 community or societal reactions to crime.

The MA in Criminology 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 also provides 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).

Admission criteria

Applicants will normally hold a second class honours degree (Level 8), lower division (2.2) or higher in the area of social science, law, sociology, psychology or cognate discipline. Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements, but who have significant professional or vocational experience in the criminal justice system shall also be considered. In addition to an application form, this latter category may also be asked to present for interview.

[Note: Due to the considerable competition for this programme, satisfying the minimum entry requirement may not guarantee applicants a place.  Applications will be assessed based on academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience.]

IPRT Prize for academic excellence on the MA in Criminology

IPRT is delighted to sponsor a prize for outstanding performance in a thesis related to penal reform by a student on the MA in Criminology.Ms Judy McAvoy has been awarded the 2013 IPRT prize, for her thesis entitled 'Birds of a Feather? Irish Public Attitudes towards Sex Crime and Sex Offender Reintegration. Is there a Publically Perceived Scale of Sexual Deviance?' The thesis explored levels of punitiveness and responses to reintegrative measures and policies.

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