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Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


1.5 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Auckland University of Technology


Be an agent for change in our criminal justice system with AUT's Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

This degree focuses on the communities most affected by the criminal justice system including Maori, Pacific and other vulnerable communities.

The Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice considers how colonisation has influenced the criminal justice system as well as how communities have responded. It covers how ethnicities, class, gender and age interact with the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on children and youth crime.

What you study

  • CRIM800 Social Harm, (De) criminalisation, Discourse and Power
  • CRIM801 Police and Prisons: Local and Global Perspectives of Social Control
  • CRIM802 Youth Crime, Youth Justice and Indigenous/Pacific Perspectives
  • CRIM803 Children, Teens, and the Law
  • CRIM804 Approaches to Criminological and Criminal Justice Enquiry
  • SOSC806 Human Rights Research Methods
  • CRIM998 Criminology and Criminal Justice Thesis OR
  • CRIM997 Criminology and Criminal Justice Dissertation

Career opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates include:

  • Department of Corrections
  • Local authorities
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • National and international human rights organisations

Entry criteria

Must have completed one of the following with a minimum of a B grade average or higher in papers at level 7 or equivalent:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Criminology); or
  • Graduate Diploma in Arts (Criminology); or
  • A relevant degree/qualification

English Language Requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 90; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with A grade; GIE with B+ grade; CAE minimum overall score of 176; PTE minimum overall score of 58.

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