Master of Criminology

1 - 2 years full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 055074E

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Course Description


Broaden your knowledge through core subjects focusing on international crime and justice, terrorism, criminal justice research and evaluation, and criminological theory and practice. The Master of Criminology program exposes you to the latest theoretical and practical advances in criminology from international crimes - like terrorism and genocide - to local issues - like Indigenous justice and injustice.

This cutting-edge course is taught by experts working at the forefront of national, international and comparative research. It equips you with a sophisticated appreciation of global trends in crime and criminal justice.

Who is it for?

Master of Criminology is designed for students wishing to extend their cognate undergraduate degree, or for people already working in social policy and justice who want to enhance their knowledge. You can further your knowledge in organisational crime, drug use and policy, corruption, crime prevention, and human rights. If you want to build on your transferable skills in research and research design, this course equips you with the abilities to collect, analyse and theorise data. It also suits those wishing to undertake an internship at a domestic or global criminal justice agency. The program assists you to develop your own industry networks by gaining hands-on experience in criminal justice practice, and through offering opportunities to meet a wide-range of criminal justice professionals.

Where will it take me?

On graduation from the Master of Criminology, you'll be ready for work in professional fields including:

  • Government administration with an emphasis on crime and justice
  • Legal services particularly with Indigenous and other disadvantaged populations
  • Local government agencies concerned with community safety
  • Social justice research and action agencies

Graduates are employed in a variety of roles anchored in policy and applied research, including with the:

  • Australian Drug Foundation
  • Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department
  • Sentencing Advisory Council Victoria
  • Victorian Department of Justice
  • The Red Cross

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Application deadlines

  • 31 October 2019 for Semester 1 2020 intake
    Please note: later applications for some courses may be accepted through until 31 December 2019
  • 31 March 2020 for Semester 2, 2020 intake
    Please note: later applications for some courses may be accepted through until 31 May 2020
  • Scholarship deadlines 

In applying past the deadline, students should take into account student visa deadlines.

 International applicants can apply up to one year in advance of their studies. That is, if a student would like to commence in Semester 1, they can apply from Semester 1 of the previous year

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Please note: If you wish to be considered for a scholarship or bursary at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences you must submit an application to a GSHSS degree by 31 Oct for Semester 1 and 31 March for Semester 2.

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