Submissions from 2016
Investigating the Role of Alternative Education Provision in Supporting Pathways out of Crime for Young People., Bronagh Fagan
An Exploration of the Factors That Support Improved Pro-Social Outcomes for Young People in Detention: Social Care Practitioners' Perspectives., Emer Loughrey
Cop Culture: The Impact of Confrontation on the Working Personality of Frontline Gardai, Paul Williams
Submissions from 2015
Simplifying the Complexity of Supplementary Pensions: Suggestions for Member-Centred Reforms, Mary Broderick
Ex-Prisoners’ Perspectives on Prison Drug Treatment in Ireland, John M. Duggan
Re-engaging with Education as an Older Mature Student: Their Challenges, Their Achievements, Their Stories., Helen Graham
Just Jocking? An Exploration of how 10-12 year old Children Experience an Equine Assisted Learning Programme, in a DEIS School, in Limerick city., Kate Bronwyn Jones
An Exploration of the Perspectives of Young Males with Regard to their Experience of non-Heterosexual Sexuality Transitions and the Potential Influences on this Transition within an Irish Context, Caroline Kelly
An Exploration of the Role of Pre-School Breakfast Clubs in Supporting Early Childhood Development and Building Parent-Practitioner Relationships, Eilis Lothian
Assessment in the Early Years: The Perspectives and Practices of Early Childhood Educators, Anna May Navarrete
An Exploratory Study of the Role an Equine- Assisted Learning Programme plays in Diverting Young People from Criminal Pathways, Francisca O'Kelly
Documentation within the Anti-‐Bias Approach: A Case Study Exploring Family and Practitioners’ Perceptions and Experiences, Stephanie Nicole Sagmoen Siqueira
Submissions from 2014
An Investigation of Youth Participation in an Irish Youth Mental Health Service: Staff and Young People’s Perspectives., James Barry
Policing the Police: How is the Operation of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission Perceived by Frontline Members of An Garda Síochána?, Noel Barry
From Institution to Integration: The Perspectives and Experiences of Disability Sector Staff in the Transition to New Directions., Derek Bryan
A study of Serious Violent and Sexual Offenders Released on Supervised Licence in Northern Ireland between 2010 and 2013., Alexandra Delimata
An Exploration of the Experiences of Individuals Caring for a Family Member and the Impact this Caregiving Role has on their Lives., Tara Duigenan
Including Children with Disabilities in Mainstream Education: An Exploration of the Challenges and Considerations for Parents and Primary School Teachers, Gail Ferguson
It’s in the Mix. An Exploratory Study into the Experiences of Children, Parents and Staff in the Provision of a Mixed Age Group Model in a West Dublin Early Years’ Setting., Helena Goodwin
“If they Fail that First Year, it’s very Hard for them to Recover”: An Exploration of Factors that Support and Hinder the Transition to Mainstream School for Children with Special Educational Needs and their Families., Fiona Hassett
Experiences and Perspectives of Practitioners in Culturally Diverse Early Childhood Education and Care Centres in Ireland, Ana Janelidze
An Exploration of Volunteer Experiences for Third Level Students in Ireland from a Student Volunteer and Volunteer Manager Perspective., Caitriona McGrattan
The Garda Youth Crime Case Management Programme – A Garda perspective on the role and the relationship dynamics involved when managing cases of high-risk young offenders appearing before the Children Court., Jonathan O'Brien
Children’s Voices in Exploring Their Interests Using Different Media, Czarecah Oropilla
Children’s Right to be Heard: Exploring Children’s Perceptions of Happiness and Factors Contributing to Happiness in the Pre-School Environment., Donna Tobin
Submissions from 2013
Feeling a Sense of Belonging in the Early Childhood Centre: An Exploration into a Community of Practice, Antje Bitterberg
Booklet of Selected Theses from the MA in Criminology, MA in Law, MA in Child, Family and Community Studies, and the International Masters in Early Childhood Education, 2010-2012, Matt Bowden, Carmel Gallagher, and Kevin Lalor
Study of the Potential of Educational Transfer from Grandchild to Grandparent, from the Child‟s Perspective and Agency, in a School Environment, Ken King
Advocates of the Peace, A Qualitative Study of Former Politically Motivated Female Prisoners and Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland, Mary McCourt
Policing and Social Influence: Procedural Justice and Compliance Dynamics in the Work of Garda Juvenile Liaison Officers, Eoin Morrison
They Just Don't Care about the Caring: Parents Perspectives of Early Childhood Education and Care Policy and Associated Funding Programmes, Tracey Nelson
The Great Epoch: An Exploration of the Psychology of Desistance from Offending., Triona O'Sullivan
Plural Policing: The Multifaceted World of Irish State “Policing” Authorities, Thomas Talbot
Submissions from 2012
Children Museum Experience: Exploratory Study of Potential of Museum Visits in Achieving Learning Goals of Irish ECEC Curriculum Framework Aistear, Anna Ćwidak
Jury Service: The Verdict An Exploratory Study of Public Attitudes to Jury Service, Brid Dempsey
To CCTV or not? An Examination of Community-based CCTV in Ireland, Aidan Donnelly
Regenerating Out Crime - The Impact of an Urban Regeneration Programme on Safety and Security in a Dublin Suburb, Jonathan Grant
Defining Terrorism: A Risky Business?, Helena Kiely
Family Structure and Risk Factors: an Investigation into Emotional and Behavioural Outcomes for Nine-Year-Olds., Zara Lafferty
Birds of a Feather? Irish Public Attitudes towards Sex Crime and Sex Offender Reintegration. Is there a Publically Perceived Scale of Sexual Deviance?, Judy McAvoy
An Exploration of Stepfamily Experiences of Young People in Ireland., Audrey McGee
From Breadwinner to Breadmaker: The Experiences of Stay- at- Home Fathers in Ireland Today, Eoin O'Brien
The School Completion Programme and the Development of Human Rights Education in Ireland., Caroline O'Neill
An Examination of the Practitioners' Role in Promoting Compliance with Participants in the Irish Drug Treatment Court, James N. O'Sullivan
The Free Preschool Year in Ireland: The Perspectives of Early Childhood Educators and Policymakers, Martina Ozonyia
Stepping Stone Community Education – A Stepping Stone to Third Level Education., Lorraine Perkins
Feeding Fear? : An Examination of the Representation of Crime News in Contemporary Irish Print Media, Eimear Rabbitte
Support for Victims of Crime: Reality or Rhetoric?, Jennifer Rice
The Sibling Relationship: Friendship or Rivalry?, Edel Wallace
Submissions from 2011
Death in Irish Prisons: An Examination of the Causes of Deaths and the Compliance of Investigations with the European Convention on Human Rights, Colette Barry
Pulling a Rabbit out of a Hat, where do Policies come from? An Examination of the Criminal Justice Policy Processes behind the Building of the Dóchas Centre (Ireland’s Largest Women’s Prison), Eoin Carroll
An Evaluation of the Succession Law Changes Introduced by the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010, Niamh Dennehy
Mad or Bad? The Portrayal of Mentally Ill Offenders in the Irish Print Media, Karla Duffy
Legal Capacity in a Mental Health Context in Ireland A Critical Review and a Case for Reform, Andrew Guy
Partners Against Crime A Review of Partnerships in Joint Policing Committees, Dermot Harrington
A Policy Analysis of the Criminal Justice (Community Service) (Amendment) Act 2011, Fionnuala Lawlor
An Exploration into the Nature and Extent of Violence Experienced by Secondary School Teachers, Ciana Lernihan
Leisure, Organised Sport and Antisocial Behaviour an Examination of Youth’s Involvement in Leisure, Organised Sports and its Effect on Antisocial Behaviour, Ann Meenagh
Pay Attention: Children’s Understanding, Experience and Attitudes to Having a Say in Their Everyday Lives, Aileen Murphy
Emerging Adulthood in Ireland: Is the Quarter-Life Crisis a Common Experience?, Mairead Murphy
Union Citezenship: Impact, Influences and Challenges to Irish Immigration Laws., Ewaen Fred Ogieriakhi
The Experiences and Views of Lesbian Parents and Adult Children of Lesbian Parents in Ireland: an Exploratory Study, Aoife Quille
Looking Through the Eyes of a Homeless Prisoner, Exploring Homeless Offender’s Perspectives on their Transition from Custody to Community., Louise Rowlands
The Police Caution as a Diversionary Mechanism. An Analysis of the Garda Síochána Adult Caution Scheme, Graham Tolan
Submissions from 2010
Adolescents Who Sexually Abuse: Exploring the Impact on the Family, Tracey Carroll
A Qualitative Study of the Psychological Impact of Unemployment on Individuals., Marie Conroy
Lost relationships : An exploratory study of the factors associated with non-resident parents losing contact with their children following separation/divorce, James (Sé) Fulham
Booklet of Selected Theses from the MA in Criminology, MA in Law, and MA in Child, Family and Community Studies 2007- 2009., Kevin Lalor, Claire Hamilton, Fergus Ryan, and Brian McCarthy
Mothers Who Use Illicit Drugs:an Exploration of Professional Workers’ Perceptions Towards Mothers Who Use Illicit Drugs, Julieann Lane
Opting In and Staying In: Older Teenagers’ Decisions on Becoming and Remaining Involved in Youth Services in Dublin City., Kerri Martin
Early School Leaving : an Exploration of the Factors Contributing to School Non-Completion, Jennifer McGarr
Northern Ireland And The Irish Constitution: Pragmatism Or Principle?:the McGimpsey Case, Rory McGimpsey
Development Through Interaction During The Early Years The Adult and Child as Co-constructors, Thea Norton
Is the European Commission’s recent interpretation of Article 107 (3)(b) a departure from established State aid policy on the financial sector?, Eoin Pentony
Deference under the Separation of Powers: an Increasingly Acceptable Trait Amongst the Irish Judiciary?, Philip Smith
Deference under the Separation of Powers: an Increasingly Acceptable Trait Amongst the Irish Judiciary?, Philip Smith
“It’s Like Throwing a Pebble Into Water and There is a Ripple Effect Throughout the Entire Pond” The Effect of Drug Use on the Family System, Aoife Stack
Submissions from 2009
Migrant-led Organisations and their Communities: Participation, Shirine Beausang
Paper Women: The Representation of Female Offenders in Irish Newspapers, Lynsey Black
Children as Victims, Children as Clients Towards a Framework of Best Practice in Services for Children who Experience Domestic Violence, Emma Byrne-MacNamee
Confidential Sources and Contempt of Court: An argument for change, Angel Fahy
What do Young People think of the Gardaí?:An Examination of Young Peoples Attitudes Toward and Experiences of the Gardaí, Niamh Feeney
An exploration of manager’s practices in and attitudes towards staff vetting in children’s residential centres, Catherine Hanly
Medical Negligence and MRSA Claims:Is the Law of Tort Efficient Enough?, Bridget Kelleher
The Significance of the Implied Mutual Duty of Trust and Confidence in the Employment Relationship, Katie McDermott
Thesis on Adverse Possession, Kathleen O'Dwyer
Síolta the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education; Teacher’s perspectives., Sandra O'Neill
Does Gender Impact on Career Progression in the Garda Síochána?, Goretti Sheridan
Submissions from 2008
Cervical Screening a Study on the Prevalence of the Risk-factors for Developing Cervical Cancer Among Young Women, Jennifer Cann
Organised Crime in Ireland: A Policy Analysis of the Introduction of Organised Crime to the Irish Statute Book, Elizabeth Davey
The constitutional protection of children in Ireland - an analysis of the status quo and proposals for reform, Oliver Fitzgerald
Statutory Restrictions on Initiating Judicial Review Proceedings in the Asylum Context, Éamonn Foley
An Evaluation of the Role of Senior Traveller Training Centres, Maureen Foley
That's life:An Examination of the Direct Consequences of Life-Sentence Imprisonment for Adult Males Within the Irish Prison System, Clara Geaney
Risky Business: An Examination of Probation Officers' Attitudes towards Risk Assessment, Michelle Richardson
A Study Of Anti-Social Behaviour on Dublin Bus Routes, Kevin Scott
Adaptation to college and individuation-attachment : a review of first year students in contemporary Ireland, Sarah Simmons
Submissions from 2007
A March of Moral Panic?: An Examination Of Reaction To Crime in Ireland in March 2006, Robin Maginn
Proposal Submission requirement (admission)
Students can submit their proposal and, if accepted, proceed to the dissertation once they have successfully completed all core modules (that is 8 modules). They can take their dissertation module with their option modules. While it is not recommended taking 2 option modules at the same time as the dissertation, they are permitted to do this.
Proposal Submission Deadlines
Proposal submission deadlines are highlighted on the home page of this web-site.
Note that: If the dissertation proposal does not reach a viable standard and gain approval, the student can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing or can resubmit a new dissertation proposal within two semesters of completing all the modules.
Proposal Submission procedure
The proposal need to be submitted as:
- a pdf file sent to the coordinator's email. The filename of the pdf MUST be: StudentNumber_name_surname_MSc_Proposal.pdf
- an online submission using this web-app 
Note: the two submissions follow the same template
Note: proposals that do not respect the template and the max number of words, for each section, are not taken into consideration for evaluation. All the required information is compulsory.
Proposal Submission Outcome
- Approved (student can proceed with dissertation)
- Subject to change (student needs to revise proposal and instructions will be communicated by email on how to do so)
- Not Ready (student cannot proceed and is allowed to re-submit a new proposal at the next deadline)
Please, we kindly ask you not to email the coordinator or other lecturers once the status of the proposal has changed. Assigning supervisors might take some days, due to a number of constraints. Instructions on what the student has to do once the status has changed will be communicated by the coordinator as soon as possible within a few days.
Dissertation Proposals need to include all the following details:
- Student name and surname
- Student number
- Stream (eg. ASD, DA, IKM)
- DIT programme (eg. DT228A / DT228B)
- Number of modules left to take (or exemptions or modules pending results)
- When to start the dissertation if proposal is approved (select a date from the deadline list)
- Proposal submission attempt (eg. 1st, 2nd, 3rd)
- Title of project (20 words)
- List of people and companies associated with the project (including those you might need input from or data from) (20 words)
- Sources of data needed for the project, if any (20 words)
The proposal Background + context + scope(200 words)
- Describe the context of application and provide the reader with some background and main notions/concepts
Informal description of the problem (200 words)
- Describe the problem you wish to tackle informally
Literature review + state-of-the art approaches to solve problem + gaps (500 words)
- Identify and describe the relevant scientific papers you have read in the identified context
- Identify and describe the state-of-the-art approaches to solve the problem
- Identify and describe the gaps of the state of the art approaches (these will inform the subsequent research question)
Research question (35 words)
Hypothesis/hypotheses + research objective/s (200 words)
- Informally define the hypothesis or hypotheses
- Define the research objective for each defined hypothesis and describe the research methodologies to achieve the objective and test the hypothesis
Design/implementation (500 words)
- Describe your solution/experiment (using first an appropriate multi-layer diagram and subsequently describe each step in detail)
- Provide details about how you are going to implement in practice the solution (eg. programming languages, technologies employed, execution of surveys)
- specify details of dataset (eg. the set of dependent/independent variables, scales and ranges.)
Evaluation of designed solution (300 words)
- Describe how you are going to evaluate your solution/experiment with a high-level description
- Describe in detail how you are going to evaluate the results and how you are going to accept/reject each defined hypothesis
- Describe how findings are related to the research question
- References - using the APA style (1000 words)
- Timeframe for each activity planned in the proposal (1 line per activity) (200 words)
Proposal Submission Checklist
This check list should be used by students who are submitting the dissertation proposals (.doc) to the Dissertation Coordinator. It will assist students in completing the research proposal.
- Do you have a clear Project Title?
- Do you have a clearly defined research question?
- Do you know what you are going to do?
- Do you know the scope of your proposed work?
- Do you know how you are going to test it?
- Have you structured your research question correctly?
- Have you completed the reading on background topics using reputable sources?
- Have you identified 20+ key references relating to your dissertation?
- Have you cited all references using the APA style method?
- Have to identified any previous related experiments and you have their results (and data sets)?
- Do you have a clearly defined experiment/evaluation that supports your research question?
- Can you complete the experiment/evaluation within the necessary timelines?
- Can you measure the outcomes from your work?
- Will you be able to evaluate the outcomes of your work and compare with results from previous research?
- Do you have all the resources in place to conduct the research (human, technology, data, etc)?
- Do you have written agreement from all the people/companies you need to have involved in the project?
- Have the people/companies agreed to be available (provide the necessary support) during the lifetime of the project?
- Do you have a realistic project plan?
- Can the project be completed within the required timeline?
- Is the MSc Dissertation Proposal Template completed in detail?
- Can you explain your project to someone who is not familiar with your programme of study, in a way that they can understand what your project is about, why you are doing it, etc?
- Are you ready to present and defend your project proposal?
What is NOT a proposal
If your project fits into one of the following scenarios, your dissertation proposal will NOT be approved =
- a design of an application
- an implementation of an application or piece of software
- a literature review
- a literature review with some conclusions
- a literature review with some proposed “something new”
- a literature review with a survey