BA (Honors) in Criminology

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 12 months

  • Start dates: September – October

  • Duration: 3 or 4 years

  • Level 8 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Tuition Fee: From 16,080 € / year

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The Bachelor of Criminology is a window to the world, providing insight into human diversity in complex societies and a textured view of our propensity to make mistakes, conflict, blame, and punish.

Program description

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

Career options

Students in this course will develop skills in critical thinking, comparative and cultural analysis, research methods, and statistics. They will also strengthen their understanding of the role of history and examine the basis for moral justifications.

This skill set is invaluable for sensitive occupations such as:

  • vigilance
  • prisons
  • parole
  • Social work
  • social administration
  • security work
  • charities
  • journalism
  • television and cinema
  • politics
  • community development

Program structure

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

  • Criminology a history and introduction
  • Criminology key concepts, studies and issues
  • Introduction to the psychology of crime
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Key Aspects in Sociology

Plus a 10-credit option of the following:


  • Introduction to the legal system of criminology I
  • Introduction to the legal system of criminology II


  • Introduction to law and social control
  • Law, crime and societies


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


  • Government modules
  • Introduction to political science
  • Democracy, ideology and utopia
  • Politics and government of Ireland
  • Sociology of crime and deviance
  • Contemporary criminological theory
  • Introduction to social research


  • Forensic Sociology
  • Official criminal statistics
  • Crime and the media in Ireland
  • Victims and Victimology
  • Sex offenders
  • Crime
  • Urbanization and Cities
  • Coercive confinement and social control in Ireland
  • Terrorism and political violence
  • Modern society surveillance
  • Comparative perspectives on the police
  • Police and popular justice in Ireland 1803-1960
  • Violence and Revolutionary Ireland, 1913-1925
  • Education in prisons
  • Anthropology and Social Control
  • Gender and crime
  • Criminology and withdrawal throughout life
  • Social statistics
  • Criminal policy and practice
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Criminal law
  • Criminal evidence
  • International human rights law
  • French; / Irish; German; Hispanic Studies; Italian plus modules in Philosophy, Government and Politics.
  • Research design
  • Dissertation in Criminology
  • Criminal Justice Policy

Electives (includes many modules offered from year 2, as well as modules onwards):

  • Human trafficking
  • Animals and crime
  • Online crime
  • Drugs
  • Crime and society
  • Corporate crime
  • Regulating the environment
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Religion and magic in the European reform
  • Bruges
  • Hell
  • Jews and Heretics
  • Censorship in 20th century Ireland
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Political philosophy
  • Professional ethics
  • Social theory
  • Sociology of development and globalization
  • Introduction to planning and sustainable development
  • Sociology of the media
  • Sociology of Law
  • Sociology of health and disease
  • Social statistics
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Sexualities
  • Irish French; German; Story; Hispanic Studies; Italian plus modules in Philosophy, Government and Politics.

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

* The availability of the module may change from year to year

Admission requirements

  • As a general requirement, a Bachelor’s Degree / High School Diploma / General Baccalaureate / Professional Degree in a university is required recognized.
  • For international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, an officially translated degree will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component (or its internationally recognized equivalent).

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