Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.A. | Maynooth University | Maynooth, Ireland
12 months
15000 EUR/year
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The Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice programme at Maynooth University gives students the opportunity to develop a specialist knowledge of debates around crime causation and control, within a comparative and international context. 

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Students undertake a wide variety of modules which aim to combine theoretical concepts with real-world problems such as terrorism and organised crime.

As a student in Maynooth you will be part of our vibrant community of students and scholars working in the fields of criminology and criminal justice. Our expert academic team, drawing on their extensive research and professional experience, deliver an interdisciplinary programme with a strong emphasis on enhanced research skills. These skills are highly sought-after by employers in the area. There is a strong focus on employability throughout the programme, including opportunities for student placements with criminal justice organisations and civil society.

Career Options

The Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice programme at Maynooth University will allow students to build upon their existing qualifications with a view to accessing positions within the justice and security field, with the additional advantage that students will be provided with a genuinely international and comparative outlook. Graduates may go on to work in careers within An Gardaí Síochána, the security industry, data analytics, probation, the prison service, the civil service, research institutes, academia, the NGO sector, etc.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Development
  • Research Methods in Criminology
  • International Criminal Law
  • Criminology and Criminaljustice
  • Surveillance Society
  • State Responses to Historical Gendered Violence
  • The Political Economy and Cultures of the Internet
  • Comparative Criminology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

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Lower Second Class

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Candidates should have a minimum 2.2 grade, honours (level 8) undergraduate degree in law or in a cognate discipline, such as criminology, social policy, sociology, politics, history, psychology etc.  This must be a recognised primary degree that is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.  A personal statement of up to 1,000 words outlining why an applicant is suitable for the programme should be included as part of an application.  This personal statement will form part of the assessment by the Admissions Committee.
  • These are the minimum entry requirements and meeting these requirements will not guarantee an offer of entry onto the programme, as entry to the programme is competitive. 

Tuition Fee

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    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Maynooth

650 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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