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Diploma in Criminology & Criminal Psychology


This diploma has different award titles depending on the final submission you chose to submit:

  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology
  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (Forensic)
  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (Police)
  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (Prisons)
  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (Corporate Fraud)
  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (Medical)
  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (Crime Scene Investigation)
  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (Terrorism)
  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Pschology (Military)

The purpose of the Diploma in Criminology & Criminal Psychology is to equip learners with a basic understanding of various fields of Criminology (the scientific study of crime) and Forensic Psychology from a historical, contemporary and progressive perspective. In addition, fundamental psychological concepts will be considered, including personality disorders, mental disorder and crime, alongside social & environmental theories of crime and familial correlates of crime.

At the end of the course, learners will have a detailed understanding of the psychology and nature of criminal conduct. From the outset, students will gain knowledge regarding matters such as the measurement and distribution of crime in society and official responses with regard to crime prevention and investigation.

During the course, students will be exposed to the psychology of criminal conduct and be able to appreciate a range of perspectives from relevant literature that seeks to shed light on crime and its commission, from psychopathy and sexual offending to serial killing. By its conclusion, attendees will have a significant understanding of crime categories, offending behaviours, and how a criminological and psychological understanding impacts on prevention, rehabilitation, and treatment.

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Course Details

Start Date: Thursday, 7 February 2019
Course Duration:
10 Weeks
Course Award:
Awarding Body:
The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)
Not applicable
CPD Credits:
Approved for 9 CPD credits for members of the Psychological Society of Ireland


– Introduction to Criminology & Forensic Psychology
– The social scientific study of criminology.
– The psychology of criminal behaviour
– Interface between two disciplines – the “nature” v “nurture” debate

– The “Dark Triad” of Personality Disorders and Crime
– Mental disorders and crime
– Interface between mental health issues/disorders and external factors

Social & Environmental Causes of Crime

– Theoretical explanations of social correlates of crime
– Environmental and situational criminology
– Interface between social/environmental correlates & psycho-variables

– Familial & Biological Correlates of Crime
– Crime, family and delinquency – the risk factors
– Biological and genetic factors in criminal behaviour
– Interface between bio-familial correlates & forensic psycho-variables


John O'Keeffe

John O’ Keefe

John O’Keeffe is a graduate of University College Dublin, UWE Bristol, London Metropolitan University and the University of Cambridge where he is a life member of Homerton College. He also holds a Doctoratus in Gister Studiorum (ad eundem Cantab.) from Trinity College, Dublin and memberships of the American Psychological Association, American Psychology Law Society, International Association of Forensic Psychology, the American Society of Criminology and the British Society of Criminology. He is Membership Secretary of the Criminology Association of Ireland.

From 2000-2010 he was Head and Dean of the Law School at Dublin Business School (incorporating Portobello College) where he taught both criminal and civil law. He is currently Head, Colleges of Criminology & Psychology at City Colleges and Director, Cold Case Unit and also an Adjunct Teaching Fellow in the School of Psychology, Trinity College. He was awarded an Honorary Visiting Fellowship in the Dept. of Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour at the University of Leicester and appointed a Visiting Scholar at the Dept. of Sociology, University of Leeds. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow, Dept. of Sociology at the University of Surrey. He is Chief Executive of AdVIC – Advocates for the Victims of Homicide.

John also works as a broadcaster and journalist (Deputy Editor of The Garda Review and Contributor, Sunday World) regularly appearing on television and radio where he speaks on matters related to criminology and forensic psychology.

He is currently engaged in research at the University of Oxford where he holds MCR memberships of both Oriel College and Exeter College.

Further Information

If you require further information on this course, Please call the College on 1850 25 27 40, or email