Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Applicants must have obtained an honours degree (minimum 2nd class honour) in law or a cognate discipline, such as criminology, sociology, social policy, social studies, history, politics, psychology, etc. The Department will assess applications where the applicants do not reach this minimum level of qualifications in line with the University’s policy on recognition of prior experiential learning. The programme will also be accessible to international students from all jurisdictions, as no prior knowledge of the common law is required.
Months of entry
Criminology deals with issues that are constantly in the media and attract much public interest. Given the impact of globalising processes on crime and on society more generally in the contemporary era, the Department of Law has identified the need for a programme to deepen engagement with the global across a wide range of criminological and criminal justice issues. The MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice has been developed to address this need.
At a time of global links at the level of crime threats and criminal justice responses, our view of criminal justice systems as comprising distinct national jurisdictions comes increasingly under challenge. With this increasing cosmopolitanism comes a need to examine a broad range of criminological and criminal justice issues from an internationally comparative perspective. This is what the MA programme aims to do through the unique combination of generic modules in qualitative and quantitative research methods together with theoretical awareness of key issues in comparative criminology such as the aims of comparison, the different schools of thought on comparative criminological research and the impact of globalisation.
In addition, students will be provided with an opportunity to pursue their own particular interests in the comparative field through a choice of two (out of four) optional modules and through the completion of a 20,000 word dissertation.
Information for international students
Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants. National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850
Fees and funding
For funding and scholarship opportunities see here.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Department of Law