Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice - 2018

Course summary

Course summary - 2018

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 11 units to complete

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Postgraduate studies in criminology and criminal justice provide a pathway to professional advancement for those working in these fields. The courses are designed to provide an overview of criminological theory and research, the workings of the criminal justice system and allied organisations, insight into key policy debates and an understanding of research methods.

The courses introduce social and psychological explanations of crime, as well as contemporary debates in criminological theory. Beyond the core elements of the course in policing, community development, crime prevention, law and behaviour and social science research methods you will have the opportunity to study electives from criminal justice, research practice, policing, corrections and crime prevention.

The Masters Degree (Coursework) qualifies individuals who apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts for professional practice or scholarship and as a pathway for further learning.


Graduates of the Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Coursework) will have:

  • an advanced body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in criminology and criminal justice and related policy environments
  • knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to criminology and criminal justice.


Graduates of the Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Coursework) will have:

  • cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on criminological theory and professional practice
  • cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex crime-related problems, concepts and theories and to apply established criminological theories to different bodies of knowledge or operational practice in criminal justice agencies
  • cognitive and technical skills to generate and evaluate complex contemporary crime and criminal justice ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to key stakeholder groups in the criminal justice system
  • technical and communication skills to theorise, design, analyse and evaluate about evidence based policies that contribute to criminal justice system practice or scholarship.


Graduates of the Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Coursework) will demonstrate the application of knowledge & skills:

  • (with initiative) to new situations in professional criminal justice system practice and/or for further learning
  • with high level personal autonomy and accountability
  • to plan and execute a substantial research-based project and/or piece of scholarship.

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Graduates from this course typically pursue careers in criminal justice-related fields, including crime prevention, community development, security, policing, corrections, family services, law, justice administration and policy, customs, mental and community health, local government, military services and criminal justice research organisations.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice, a student must:

  • hold a three-year bachelor degree in a related discipline from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (on a 7-point scale)
  • OR hold a Graduate Certificate of Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (on a 7-point scale).
  • A degree equivalent to the discipline of criminology and criminal justice would be one that focused on criminal justice issues, had research methods training and has theory subjects applicable to criminological studies.

Language Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to these programs are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 7.0 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.5
  • OR a minimum score of 580 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 92 (no score less than 22)
  • OR no score less than 4 in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by GELI or ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR a minimum score of 68 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic).

English test results must be no more than two years old.


To be eligible for the award of Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice (MCCJ), a student must acquire 120 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 80 credit points for core courses including CCJ747 Independent Project (20 credit points) and
  • gain 40 credit points for elective courses.
  • from 2016 the maximum period for completing this program is 4 years

    Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Criminology must complete the following units in the Masters program and one of the listed electives.

    CCJ744 Advanced Criminological Theories           

    CCJ736 Quantitative Skills for Criminologists       

    CCJ737 Qualitative Skills for Criminologists          

    CCJ722 Research and Evaluation Methods          

    CCJ740 Justice and Crime            

    CCJ747 Individual Project

Total number of units to complete: 7 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Advanced Criminological Theories
CCJ744 GRF Sess 1 - -
Planned Change in Criminal Justice
CCJ746 GRF - Sess 2 -
Justice and Crime
CCJ7401 GRF - Sess 2 -
Research and Evaluation Methods (Previously Research, Evaluation and Policy Analysis)
CCJ722 GRF - Sess 2 -
Individual Project
CCJ7472 GRF Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Quantitative Skills for Criminologists (Previously Quantitative Social Research)
CCJ736 GRF Sess 1 - -
Qualitative Skills for Criminologists (Previously Qualitative Social Research)
CCJ737 GRF Sess 1 - -

1 This unit was previously coded CCJ705.
2 This is a double unit.

Complete 4 units from the following 11 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Crime Analysis and Investigation
CCJ7241 GRF Sess 1 - -
Forensic Mental Health Legislation and Policies
CCJ711 GRF Sess 1 - -
Crime Mapping
CCJ732 GRF - Sess 2 -
Intelligence Led Policing
CCJ733 GRF - Sess 2 -
Interventions with Offenders
CCJ730 GRF - Sess 2 -
Minority Populations in Forensic Mental Health
CCJ715 GRF - Sess 2 -
Advanced Assessment & Management in Forensic Mental Health
CCJ714 GRF Sess 1 - -
Interventions and Recovery in Forensic Mental Health (previously CCJ741)
CCJ750 GRF Sess 1 - -
Law and Behaviour
CCJ707 GRF Sess 1 - -
Mental Disorder and Crime
CCJ713 GRF Sess 1 - -
Developmental Crime Prevention
CCJ723 GRF - Sess 2 -

1 Previously known as Crime Analysis.

RPL/Credit may be awarded according to Griffith University policies and applicants are encouraged to contact the course coordinator for further information.

When you have completed your final session of study, OUA students should notify Griffith University of their intention to graduate with the award of Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Please contact Griffith (OUA) Services on

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

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  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

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