Criminal Justice & Criminology


This program is not offered in 2019.

Examine the criminal justice system

The Master of Criminal Justice and Criminology is jointly offered by UNSW Law and UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, providing you with access to the high standard of teaching and research offered by each faculty.

This interdisciplinary postgraduate program takes an advanced look at criminal justice law, with a strong focus on policy, theory and practice. It is offered as a Masters.

When you study Criminal Justice and Criminology at UNSW, our postgraduate courses will help you develop your knowledge of criminal justice law including:

  • gain a unique interdisciplinary learning experience
  • develop a strong understanding of criminological and legal research
  • understand legal and criminological perspectives on the practices and regulation of criminal justice institutions and processes

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For more information please contact UNSW Arts & Social Sciences or visit the Criminology Discipline Hub to learn about our research, staff and events.


Compulsory courses

All students in the Master of Criminal Justice and Criminology are required to complete the compulsory course ‘Explaining Crime’ in the first year of study.

Non-law graduates must also complete the following compulsory courses:

  • Explaining Crime 2
  • Conceptualising Criminal Laws
  • Legal Concepts Research

Please note: this program does not lead to a professional qualification for legal practice.

Entry requirements

Eligible applicants for the Master of Criminal Justice and Criminology must have an appropriate undergraduate degree from UNSW or from another university or tertiary institution.

Entry score calculator

Not sure if your past academic achievements are equivalent to a UNSW credit average?

Use the UNSW postgraduate coursework Entry Score calculator to convert and scale other types of grading schemes into a percentage relatable to UNSW entry requirements.

The results will help you determine whether your undergraduate grades make you competitive for entry to postgraduate coursework programs at UNSW.


Graduates of the Master of Criminal Justice and Criminology go on to gain employment in a wide range of areas, these include:

  • private, public and NGO sectors
  • agencies such as the Attorney – General’s Department, ASIO, Corrective Services NSW and community justice


Crime & Justice Research Network

As a Criminal Justice and Criminology student you will be able to access the UNSW Crime & Justice Research Network.

The network hosts visits from leading scholars and presents a series of successful workshops and seminars.

Network members remain up to date with industry developments and forge strong links with alumni and criminal justice professionals.

UNSW handbook

Degree program structure and academic rules information:

If you are a current student, please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you commenced your degree.

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