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What is the BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice Studies?

The BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice Studies is a three year degree course designed to equip the student with general knowledge and transferable skills while focusing on the broad theme of criminal justice. It is a multidisciplinary course.

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Applied Criminal Justice Studies

You can choose to spend an extra year (Year 3) where you will undertake a criminal justice placement as part of the academic year. Students who take this option will graduate after four years with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Applied Criminal Justice Studies.

Special features of the course

While this course is both inter-disciplinary and multidisciplinary in order to help students develop general academic skills, it is designed with those in mind who would like to enter the criminal justice professions and seeks to cater for their specific educational requirements.

Students can graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Applied Criminal Justice Studies.

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Critical Thinking and Academic Skills Applied Forensics
Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies Introduction to Research
Introduction to Psychology Irish Fundamental Rights
Introduction to Sociological Problems Irish Law and Governance 2
Irish Law and Governance 1 Irish Social Policy
Social Policy, Poverty and Social Exclusion The Sociology of Contemporary Ireland

Year 2

Semester 3 Semester 4
Applied Criminal Law 1 Applied Criminal Law 2
Child and Family Protection Law Criminology 2
Criminology 1 Criminological Research
Foundations of Ethics: Philosophical and Theological Policy and practice of youth justice in Ireland
Human Rights Law Prison Law
*Elective *Elective

Year 3

Semester 5 Semester 6
Introduction to Comparative Criminal Justice Systems Criminal Trials
Personal and Professional Development for Criminal Justice Independent Study for Criminal Justice
Psychology and Crime Policing and The Police
Social Ethics Prisons, punishment and society
Victimology Probation
*Elective *Elective
*Electives are chosen from a selection of Law modules offered at the discretion of WIT

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for the BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice Studies 

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7


Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice Studies:

Graduates from the BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice Studies may find employment in fields such as:

  • The Probation Service
  • The Security Industry
  •  The Civil Service
  • An Garda Síochána
  • The Prison Service
  •  Research
  • Journalism
  • Non-Governmental Organisations
  • Banking

Completion of a level 8 programme will also enable students to undertake taught Masters programmes or Masters degrees by research at SETU Waterford or other third-level colleges


Course Leader

Mr Donal Keating

Studies Lecturer -

Email: [email protected]