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Serious Crime Investigation

University of Limerick

12 months
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The Master of Arts in Serious Crime Investigation at University of Limerick is a one-year, full-time programme designed for graduates of the level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Serious Crime Investigation, accredited by the University of Limerick or an equivalent programme.


The Serious Crime Investigation at University of Limerick

The course is ideally suited to members of an Garda Síochána who are looking to capitalize on their existing expertise in the field of modern policing and develop an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal issues which surround serious crime investigation.


  • To allow graduates of the level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Serious Crime Investigation to capitalise on their existing expertise and develop an advanced and integrated understanding of serious crime investigation;
  • To enhance the legal analytical skills of students by requiring them to undertake a significant independent research dissertation (15,000 words) on an important aspect of serious crime investigation;
  • To instruct students in the use of both traditional and technological legal research resources, and to provide them the opportunity of applying those skills in the completion of a substantial original research project;
  • To provide students with the opportunity and skills for independent legal research and self-directed learning;
  • To enhance students' career opportunities, including the provision of the knowledge and skills required to advance to doctoral degree studies, if desired.


The MA Degree in Serious Crime Investigation attracts individuals interested in interrogating modern investigative policing practice in light of contemporary legal debates with a view to gaining the analytical skills necessary for a challenging and rewarding career in the field of serious crime investigation.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • The MA in Serious Crime will take the form of distance learning whereby students will complete a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words on an aspect of serious crime investigation under the supervision of a faculty member with expertise in the area of criminal justice.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
  • English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Limerick

850 - 1150 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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