Taught course

Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice

Maynooth University · Department of Law

Entry requirements

Candidates should have obtained an honours (Level 8) degree (minimum second class honours) in Law or a cognate discipline, such as International Relations, Social Studies, Sociology, Politics, etc.). Candidates must hold a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. The programme will also be accessible to international students from all jurisdictions, as no prior knowledge of the common law is required. Admissions decisions are at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Prospective applicants who do not meet these entry requirements can apply to have prior learning and experience recognised for the purposes of admission. For details on how to apply, see the Department of Law's Policy for Assessment of Non-Standard Entrants' Applications for Postgraduate Programmes. The Admissions Committee will assess such applications in line with the University’s policy on recognition of prior experiential learning.

Months of entry


Course content

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 PG Diploma 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 PG Diploma 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.

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

International students

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Law