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Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Canterbury


This graduate diploma offers students an opportunity to complement and extend their undergraduate studies with further study in Criminal Justice. It is ideal for those who are seeking employment in a range of criminal justice sector occupations and also for those currently employed within the sector who seeks to have a professionally relevant graduate qualification.

Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice (GradDipCJ) students are required to pass 120 points of compulsory and optional courses.


Compulsory courses

  • CRJU 201 Crime and Justice
  • CRJU 202 Criminal Law and Procedure
  • CRJU 301 Sentencing Theory and Practice
  • CRJU 302 Prisons and Corrections
  • MAOR 219 Te Tiriti: The Treaty of Waitangi

Optional courses

Students must also complete 30 points of optional courses.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be equipped with a graduate qualification that will prepare them for a career in the criminal justice fields, in particular roles within the Police, Ministry of Justice and Department of Corrections. The graduate diploma is also relevant for work in other areas of government including prisons, probation and parole; criminal justice policy, forensics, public and private investigation and security; and social work.

Further study

UC offers a Master of Criminal Justice, as well as other qualifications in similar subjects, such as Law and Psychology.

Entry criteria

Entry to the Graduate Diploma requires a bachelor's degree, which does not need to be in the same area of study. If you gained your qualification overseas, this will need to be assessed to ensure it is of an equivalent standard.

Acceptance for the programme will depend on the standard and relevance of your previous studies. All students need to be approved by the Dean of Law.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 80, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 50, and no communicative skills score below 42

Undergraduate application deadline: Semester 1 (February start) by 31 October; Semester 2 (July start) by 30 April.

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