Course Overview

‘Forensic” is where science meets law and/or criminal justice and ‘criminology’ is the scientific study of crime. This new Advanced Diploma in Forensic Criminology will build on the key areas in criminology and forensic psychology previously examined by students on City Colleges renowned Diploma in Criminology & Forensic Psychology. (Note: the Advanced Diploma in Forensic Criminology is only open to those students who have successfully completed the Diploma in Criminology & Forensic Psychology at City Colleges].

Students will build on their knowledge within the fields of both criminology and forensic psychology. They will gain further academic and applied knowledge and understanding regarding a range of matters surrounding forensic criminology, including areas such as, personality disorders, prisons & penology, police & policing and adults, juveniles, sentencing & the criminal justice system.

This course is offered from our Dublin City Centre location (South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2) and online nationwide.

Successful participants will be invited to attend a graduation.

This event has been approved for CPD credits for members of the Psychology Society of Ireland.

The aims of our Advanced Diploma in Forensic Criminology course are to:

  • Provide students/learners with advanced knowledge in, and understanding and comprehension of certain principles; concepts; theories; applications and contexts of forensic criminology and the relationship between these subjects and respective discipline areas.
  • Support student/learners in developing a critical set of perspectives with which they may analyse, evaluate, and demonstrate a critical understanding of the differing perspectives of forensic criminology.
  • Provide students/learners with a clear and current body of relevant and current knowledge; information, terminology and definitions; academic and practical sources and case studies; and examples of evidence, in order that they may develop their skills and their use and application of these in the field areas of forensic criminology and related academic and/or career and/or professional practice.
  • Provide students/learners with a variety of further transferable skills to support participants in the practical application of these in clinical, educational, criminal justice, related professional areas, and personal contexts where this may be appropriate given the level of training, experience and qualifications of the student.

Course Modules

  • Personality Disorders
  • Prisons & Penology
  • Police & Policing
  • Adults, Juveniles, Sentencing & the Criminal Justice System

Learning Outcomes

1. Personality Disorders
Latest developments in research on personality disorders with particular emphasis on emotional and impulsive personality disorders as they relate to criminality and innovative new treatment programmes. Case Studies.

2. Prisons & Penology
A review of the most recent research into best practice in prisons, prison and offender management. An examination of the modern punishment of crime within these jurisdictions alongside, developments in maximum and ‘super-max’ prisons globally.

3. Police & Policing
A review of police interviewing and interrogation and modern practice of same including criminal investigations, criminal profiling and victims and victimology in the 21st century across Europe.

4. Adults, Juveniles, Sentencing & the Criminal Justice System.
An examination of the latest developments in crime and punishment in the Republic of Ireland and other common law jurisdictions including recent legislative changes, sentencing, restorative justice and rehabilitative practices generally for both and adult and juvenile offender.

Entry Requirements

The Advanced Diploma in Forensic Criminology is only open to those students who have successfully completed the Diploma in Criminology & Forensic Psychology at City Colleges


A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding the Advanced Diploma.
Students are assessed by way of a 1,500-word assignment.


John Deane-O’Keeffe FRSA, MRHistS, LLMin.

Doct. in Gister Studiorum (ad eundem Cantab.) (TCD) M.St. (Cantab.) PgDipCrim. (Cantab.) MA (Laws) PgDipLaw (LMU) DipLS (TUD) LL.B. (UWE) BA (UCD) CCTP (TCD) C.HEd (Oxon.)

John Deane-O’Keeffe is a Criminologist, Lecturer in Law & Forensic Psychology and a Historian. He is also a Journalist and Radio Broadcaster.

John is currently Dean, College of Criminology & Policing Studies at City Colleges, Dublin where he is also a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law on the FE1 programme. He is a Magistrate in England where he sits on the Northumbrian Bench and is also a Senior Lecturer at St Mark & St John University, Plymouth. Additionally, he is also a Tutor in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, where he teaches Criminology & the Psychology of Criminal Behaviour.

John is formerly Adjunct Faculty at Trinity College Dublin where he was Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology. He also spent a decade as Head of the Law School at Dublin Business School and was Communications Director and Editor of the Garda Review at the Garda Representative Association. John also worked for many years in the City of London as a Banker in UBS where he was an Associate Director in the Risk Management division before holding the position of Assistant Director in the Legal Department (Debt & Derivatives) at Investment Bank, ING Barings.

John has undertaken undergraduate studies in History, Law and Theology at UCD, TCD, Bristol and the University of Oxford and holds post graduate degrees in Criminology/Forensic Psychology and law from TCD, London Met and the University of Cambridge. He holds a number of visiting posts at UK Universities and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Royal Historical Society. John also has a special interest in history and theology and the intersection of these two disciplines with all aspects of the criminal justice system.


John is a very good teacher, and at getting points across. He has an obvious interest in the subject, which makes the lesson interesting as he is not just reading off information. He is humorous and brings a laid-back atmosphere to the class, making it enjoyable to sit through each week.

Hannah Quinlan

It would be hard to improve this course, as it is very well delivered at each lecture.

Elizabeth Mary Doyle

I would highly recommend the course to anyone, especially any one in the Gardai like myself. If you have an interest in Crime/Branch in particular, then this course is definitely for you. Extremely interesting but also highly relevant for work related purposes in a wide variety of areas in relation to crime investigation. Brilliant to have on your CV. It was worth every penny. I travelled from Cavan to Dublin once a week for the course and it was well worth it. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Detective Garda Ann-Marie Larkin

Study in a classroom environment one evening a week.
  • City centre location
  • Fully interactive
  • Limited class sizes
Saturday 22nd October & Saturday 19th November from 9.30am to 5.30pm GMT
2 Saturdays from 9.30am to 5.30pm GMT
live online
Live online training with real-time instructor-student interaction.
  • Live & fully online
  • Archived for review
Saturday 22nd October & Saturday 19th November from 9.30am to 5.30pm GMT
2 Saturdays from 9.30am to 5.30pm GMT

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John Deane-O’Keefe FRSA, MRHistS
Criminologist & Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

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