Master of Criminal Justice & Criminology | Law

Master of Criminal Justice & Criminology

Program code: 
Units of credit: 
48 UOC
No. of courses: 
8 courses (up to 3 compulsory)
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Semester start: 
Semester 1 & Semester 2
Additional entry requirements: 
Undergraduate degree - minimum credit average (65% or higher) OR undergraduate degree with minimum two years' relevant professional experience
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Please note: Semester 2, 2018 is your last chance to enrol in this postgraduate program. From Term 1, 2019 it will be replaced with a new Master of Laws (LLM), open to students from law and non-law backgrounds. 

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Program overview

The Master of Criminal Justice & Criminology is designed for graduates seeking an interdisciplinary specialised education at an advanced level in criminal justice law, policy, theory and practice.

The program provides graduates from a variety of disciplines with a strong understanding of criminological and legal research, and legal and criminological perspectives on the practices and regulation of criminal justice institutions and processes.

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Program structure

Students must complete compulsory courses with the remaining units of credit selected from the relevant elective courses on offer at UNSW Law, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine. Law graduates and criminology graduates may not be required to complete all core courses, with the option of taking elective courses in their place. Core courses: Explaining Crime (for all students, excluding criminology graduates); Legal Concepts, Research & Writing for Criminal Justice & Criminology (for non-law graduates); Conceptualising Criminal Laws (for non-law graduates).

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Note: Students who have completed 36 UOC but become unable to complete their Masters program may be eligible to exit with a Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice & Criminology.

Entry requirements

The UNSW English Language requirements also apply to this program.

Did you know?

  • Law Postgraduate scholarships are available. Find out more
  • As a Master of Criminal Justice & Criminology student you are welcome to join the Crime & Justice Network:
  • Gain an interdisciplinary, specialised education from the experts in research and teaching of criminal justice and criminology.
  • Undertake a research thesis with either UNSW Law or the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Study up to two courses from another stream.
  • Study legal concepts in our specially designed course for students from non-law backgrounds.