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Study in a classroom environment one evening a week.

  • City Centre Location
  • Fully Interactive Limited Class Size
  • 10 Weeks, 1 evening per week
  • Starts 27th September 2023
  • 6.30 to 9.30pm

Instalment Price: €1,195

Pay in Full Price €1,095

Live Online

Live online training with real-time instructor-student interaction.

  • Live & fully online
  • Archived for review
  • 10 Weeks, 1 evening per week
  • Starts 27th September 2023
  • 6.30 to 9.30pm

Instalment Price: €1,095

Pay in Full Price €995

This criminology course 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.

This course is offered from our Dublin City Centre location (South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2) and online. This course has been approved for CPD credits for members of the Psychology Society of Ireland.

The aims of our Professional Diploma in Criminology & Forensic Psychology course are to:

Provide students/learners with a critical foundation in, and understanding and comprehension of, the principles; concepts; theories; applications and contexts of criminology & forensic psychology 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 the sociology of crime, criminology and forensic psychology and the relationship between these.

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 Criminology and Forensic Psychology and related academic and/or career and/or professional practice

Provide students/learners with a variety of 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.

  • Introduction: nature or nurture? Measuring crime – separating fact from fiction.
  • Social, Family & Environmental Theories of Crime – if only my parents cared.
  • Biological traits, personal attributes and the mentally disordered mind.
  • Psychopathy 1 – The Hare Test & the criminal psychopath
  • Psychopathy 2 – The psychopaths among us; bad men in good jobs.
  • Serial Killers – strangers in the night?
  • Aggression, violence and stalking.
  • Sexual Deviation & Sex Offenders – inside the mind of the sex abuser.
  • Prison hierarchy and sociology – the inmate code.
  • Offender Profiling & Police Interrogation Techniques.

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

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding the Professional Diploma.

Students are assessed by way of a 2,500-word assignment.

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

M.St. (Cantab.) PgDipCrim. (Cantab.) Magister in Gister Studiorum (ad eundem Cantab.) (TCD) MA (Laws) PgDipLaw, DipLS, LL.B., BA (UCD) C.CTP (TCD) C.HEd (Oxon.)

John Deane-O’Keeffe is a Forensic Criminologist, Lecturer in Criminal Law, Minister and Theologian. He is also a Journalist and Radio Broadcaster.

John is Dean, Faculty of Criminology & Policing Studies at City Colleges, Dublin where he is also lectures in Criminal Law on the FE1 programme. He was also a Magistrate in England where he sat on the Northumbrian Bench and is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at St Mark & St John University, Plymouth. Additionally, he is a Tutor in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, where he lectures on a range of courses across forensic criminology & theology.

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 Forensic Criminology and Law from TCD, London Met and the University of Cambridge. He has held and holds a number of visiting posts in UK Universities and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Royal Historical Society and works as a Lay Minister in the Church of Ireland. John has a special interest in history and theology and the intersection of these two disciplines with all aspects of the criminal justice system.

Course Award

A City College’s Professional Diploma Course is a focused, practical programme designed and delivered by an industry practitioner, that consolidates, upskills or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications that indicate that you have been trained in a particular area or specific subject matter.

City College Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study here by their organisation.

Corporate Training

In addition to our scheduled Professional Diploma courses, City Colleges can provide bespoke training over 3 – 4 days, please contact for further details.

Learning Outcomes

1. Introduction to Criminology & Forensic Psychology

The social scientific study of criminology
The psychology of criminal behaviour
The interface between two disciplines – the “nature” v “nurture” debate

2. Personality Disorders, Mental Health and Crime

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

3. Social & Environmental Causes of Crime

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

4. Familial & Biological Correlates of Crime

Crime, family and delinquency – the risk factors
Biological and genetic factors in criminal behaviour
The interface between bio-familial correlates & forensic psycho-variables


Exploring the Myths Information Evening

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

Further Information

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