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Qualification : BACHELOR OF CIVIL LAW DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH502

CAO Points : 413

Closing Date : 01 July 2018

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Criminology has been described as the ‘study of the making of laws, the breaking of laws and of society’s reaction to the breaking of laws’, signalling the three main branches that make up the subject. This degree is listed on the Schedule of Approved Degrees for entry to the barrister profession and graduates from the degree programme are eligible to sit the entrance examination to The Honorable Society of King's Inns, subject to the normal requirements.
 
At Maynooth, we offer a unique opportunity to study Criminology as part of a BCL core law degree or alternatively as part of a broad based Arts degree. No other University in the Republic of Ireland offers this opportunity.
 
You will gain perspectives from experts on explanations for criminal behaviour, criminological theory, the operation of the criminal justice system, the psychology of crime, the anthropology of crime, crime and economics and more. Choose Criminology in combination with other Arts subjects (including Law) in first year, and then focus on Criminology and Law in second and third year.
 
Many modules are run in partnership with civil society organisations, and law firms working in the criminal justice sphere. Our programmes have a strong career focus; during your studies you will be encouraged to put your knowledge and skills into practice by applying for work, placements and by volunteering. It’s not all work though; socialising is a key part of your Maynooth experience.
 
A year of study is 60 credits.
 
1st year
  • 30 credits of Law
  • 15 credits of Criminology
  • Plus choose 1 Arts subject or Critical Skills from the 4 remaining groups available
 
2nd year
  • Continue with 30 credits of Law and 30 credits of Criminology
  • You may apply to complete a work placement year, or to study abroad, after 2nd year, and graduate after 4 years.
 
3rd year
  • Continue with 30 credits of Law and 30 credits of Criminology
  • Students who successfully complete the 1st year of the programme have the option of transferring into the 2nd year of the LLB programme (MH501).
A year of study is 60 credits.
 
1st year
  • 30 credits of Law
  • 15 credits of Criminology
  • Plus choose 1 Arts subject or Critical Skills from the 4 remaining groups available
 
2nd year
  • Continue with 30 credits of Law and 30 credits of Criminology
  • You may apply to complete a work placement year, or to study abroad, after 2nd year, and graduate after 4 years.
 
3rd year
  • Continue with 30 credits of Law and 30 credits of Criminology
  • Students who successfully complete the 1st year of the programme have the option of transferring into the 2nd year of the LLB programme (MH501).
 
Students may apply to study overseas after 2nd year (on Erasmus or Study Abroad) and graduate with a BA (International) after 4 years. See the International Studies website for details.
Course Duration: 3 years (Bachelor of Civil Law) or 4 years (BCL International)

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  • Professional training – immediately sit the Law Society of Ireland’s FE1 examinations for entry to the solicitors’ profession. Graduates of our LLB and BCL programmes may also sit the Honorable Society of King’s Inns’ Barrister-at-Law Degree entrance examination for entry to the barristers’ profession;
  • Business and finance, management consulting, journalism, policy development, the Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO) sector, and national and international public administration (such as at the EU or UN);

Postgraduate study options: we have a strong international focus to reflect the increasingly global nature of law and legal practice. Graduates have completed postgraduate programmes in top US universities. Options currently include:

  • LL.M. (Global Legal Studies)
  • LL.M. (International Justice)
  • LL.M. (International Business Law)
  • MA (Comparative Criminology & Criminal Justice)
  • M.Litt./PhD in Law (research)
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math No N/A N/A
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

A mature student is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on your application and/or interview.
 
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2018. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2018.
 
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any required written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2018 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2018

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English.
 
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Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
 
HEAR and DARE
 
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
 
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.
 

 

The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students

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