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Course Title: Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology

Students must normally hold a second class honours degree, lower division (2.2) or higher in the area of social science, law, sociology, psychology or cognate discipline. Please be sure to include transcripts of your final degree award at time of application. If this is not readily available please include transcripts of your academic career to date.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6.5 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements but who have significant relevant professional or vocational experience will also be considered. In addition to the online application form, this latter category of applicants should include two written references with their application and also may be asked to present for interview.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate courses satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the course of study, applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific courses.

Criminology is an exciting inter-disciplinary subject that draws on sociology, psychology and law to focus on issues such as the causes of crime, the meaning of crime and societal reactions to crime. The PgDip in Criminology in TU Dublin provides students with a strong theoretical grounding in, and understanding of, contemporary criminological issues as well as advanced training in research skills - View programme brochure.

Students will be required to complete four core modules and two optional modules.

Core Modules

  • Criminological Theory
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Research Methods

Optional Modules (Students complete two of six optional modules)

  • Criminal Law
  • Desistance: The Route out of Crime
  • Policing and Governance of Security
  • Prisons and Imprisonment
  • Studies in Victimology and Crime Prevention
  • Youth Offending and Youth Justice Perspectives
  • Law and technology

Full-time students attend lectures two late afternoons/evenings per week. Please note lectures for both full-time and part-time students commence at 4:00pm. Students are required to complete substantial reading and written assignments outside of timetabled class hours. It is strongly recommended therefore that those in full-time employment complete the programme on a part-time basis.

Applications for this course are now open.


Applications are now closed for Non-EU applicants for 2024 and will reopen in November for our 2025 intake.

TU Code



Level 9


Postgraduate Diploma


1 year

Course Type


Mode of Study

Full Time

Method of Delivery


Commencement Date

September 2024


City Centre: Grangegorman

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€4,950 Total Fee

Fees (Non-EU)

€9,000 Total Fee

Contact Us

Programme Chair - Dr. Nicola Hughes