Maynooth University is a vibrant, dynamic, and exciting place to study. Your studies will be guided by staff members who produce internationally recognised, high‑quality research and who will encourage you to reflect on, debate and discuss contemporary issues of law and policy. At Maynooth we aim to produce graduates who will not only have the skills and confidence to thrive in the global economy, but who will also be socially engaged and active citizens.
We provide students with a world‑class legal education, which is grounded in an appreciation of global social, economic, and cultural contexts and challenges. We connect theory with practice on all our taught postgraduate programmes by offering the opportunity to apply for internships and placements with public and private sector bodies.

MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice

Ready to dive into the dynamic field of the MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice?
Join us at the School of Law and Criminology, Maynooth University, and shape your learning experience based on your interests. Here's what you can expect:
Tailored Learning - Advance your expertise in areas that intrigue you the most. 
Critical Engagement
- Engage deeply with social and legal issues, fostering critical thinking and reflection.
Interactive Environment - Forge meaningful relationships with lecturers and fellow students.
Dissertation Focus - Work closely with a supervisor to develop a critical research project answering a research question of your choice.
Student-Led Dialogue - Dialogue sessions guided by your needs, offering support and addressing practical issues faced by students.
Global Perspective - Gain a distinctive international outlook on crime and justice.
Flexible Schedule - Lectures scheduled on Thursdays/Fridays, facilitating work-study-life balance.
Rigorous Training - Gain essential skills in social research methods and transferrable skills for diverse career paths.
Internship Opportunities - Opportunity to apply for internships for credit through our unique placement module.
Career Paths - From roles in justice organizations to opportunities in research and beyond, our program opens doors to a range of career possibilities.

Apply now for our twelve-month program starting in September. Rolling applications accepted. Take the next step in your journey toward making a difference in the field of criminology and criminal justice!