The MA – Criminal Justice is a two-year, part-time programme that combines study of subjects central to public management broadly, such as economics and human resource management, with subjects specific to the management of the Irish criminal justice system. It seeks to raise the level of analysis within the Irish criminal justice system and to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective management in this area.
On completing the first year of the programme, students receive the interim award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management. The second year of the course is divided into two semesters. In the first of these, students study three key subjects in criminal justice. In the second, they write a dissertation, under supervision, on a specific criminal justice issue. Year two will normally only commence in autumn of each year.