Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in criminology or sociology or legal studies or psychology or humanities/arts. Graduates from other disciplines may be considered.


The Master of Criminology program provides you with skill development and training as well as a scholarly appreciation of crime, justice and forensic issues. The course provides an understanding of a broad range of issues involving criminology theories, contemporary information on crime prevention, the theory and practice of punishment, criminal offenders, the police, courts and correctional institutions, including current crime and deviance issues. You will be provided with both knowledge and research skills and techniques required for the analysis of criminological issues and an understanding of how to critically evaluate published research.


Core subjects (2)

  • Research Methods in Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMR71-100)
  • Epistemology and Theory of Knowledge (HUMR71-110)

Foundation subjects (6)

  • Politically Motivated Violence (INTR71-315)
  • Forensic Criminology (CRIM71-320)
  • Genocide: A sociological and criminal approach (CRIM71-105)
  • Crime Analysis and Profiling (CRIM71-102)
  • Security and Strategy in the 21st Century (INTR71-102)
  • Transnational Crime (CRIM71-103)

Dissertation/Portfolio subjects (4)
Students must choose one (1) of the following suites of subjects as their dissertation/portfolio:

  • Major Dissertation/Portfolio A (20 credit points) (HUMR72-701)
  • Major Dissertation/Portfolio B (20 credit points) (HUMR72-702)


  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio A (HUMR71-705)
  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio B (HUMR71-706)
  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio C (HUMR71-707)
  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio D (HUMR71-708)


  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio A (HUMR71-705)
  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio B (HUMR71-706)
  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio C (HUMR71-707)

Plus a Criminology Internship and Portfolio (CRIM71-700)

Dissertation/Portfolio Topics
The Faculty of Society & Design has highly skilled academic staff that can provide supervision to students in the following areas:

  • A Critical Examination of the Criminal Justice System and Why Mistakes Happen
  • Analysis of an Effective Response to the Illicit Drug Problem
  • Analysis of Regulations Pertaining to Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Case Analysis of Miscarriage of Justice
  • Comparing Efficiency of Different Methods of Criminal Profiling
  • Consequences of Wrongful Convictions
  • Copycat Crime and New Media
  • Corruption and Bribery in the Justice System
  • Criminal Justice and Youth Crime
  • Cyber Bullying – Where Does the Responsibility Lie?
  • How Stalking Victims Prolong the Intensity or Duration of Stalking
  • Indigenous Crime and Justice
  • Looking at Criminal Investigations and Understanding the Social and Criminological Context Within Which These Operate
  • Measures to Prevent Violence in the Workplace
  • Media Coverage of a Topical Crime Genre
  • Preventing Assaults on Drivers of Public Transport
  • The CSI Influence on Juries
  • The Link Between Self Esteem and Crime
  • Understanding the Role Victims Play in the Criminal Justice System


The Master of Criminology program enables those with an existing knowledge or early career in criminology to develop research skills as they relate to various areas of criminological enquiry, and communicate the results of any research findings to both technical and non-technical audiences. It will equip graduates with the critical thinking skills and strategic development required to expand their criminology careers.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 12, 2019
This course is Campus based
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Jan 2020
54 weeks
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