UniversityUniversity of Canterbury
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Next start date
Expected Feb 2023
University of Canterbury
UC’s Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) offers students an advanced working knowledge of the criminal justice system.
The MCJ is a cohesive degree with taught courses, a research dissertation, and real-world project or internship opportunities for first-hand practical experience in criminal justice.
It has a strong focus on developing the skills sought by the justice sector, including bicultural knowledge and competence, critical analysis of current and future policy, and professional understanding and theories behind crime and rehabilitation.
The Master of Criminal Justice involves 180 points of courses, including three taught courses (at 30 points each), a dissertation (60 points), and a choice of either an internship or a professional cultures project course (30 points).
Subjects and courses
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Graduates of the MCJ may choose to continue on to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in related subjects, for example Law, Political Science and International Relations, Sociology, and Human Services.
The Master of Criminal Justice will give students a professional understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand policy within government and public sector, and of the criminal justice system. Their skills in research, statistical analysis, writing and presentation, and bicultural engagement within real-world contexts are solid foundations for a career in criminal justice.
Graduates will be particularly well suited for roles in New Zealand Police, Ministry of Justice, and Department of Corrections. They will also find work in Crown agencies, prisons, policy development and consultation, customs, private investigation and security, forensics, social services, and criminal justice research.
Start Date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor
Entry to the Master of Criminal Justice requires a Bachelor of Criminal Justice with a B Grade Point Average or better in 60 points of 300-level courses, or an equivalent degree approved by the Dean of Law.
Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:
Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.