Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice


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 seek to have a professionally relevant graduate qualification.

Entry requirements

Graduate certificates and diplomas require a bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. 

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

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

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice (GradDipCJ) students are required to pass 120 points above 100-level from the Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree, and these must include compulsory and optional courses.


Students can study the diploma full-time over a year, or part-time up to a maximum of four years. Students can start in February or July.


Compulsory courses

Optional courses

Students must also complete 30 points from the 300-level courses listed as optional courses for the Bachelor of Criminal Justice or a combination of HSRV 303 and another 15 point 300-level course from the list. Courses are selected from Schedule B of the Regulations for the Bachelor of Criminal Justice.

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. 

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice.

For study planning help contact the School of Law student advisor.

School of Law
College of Business and Law
University of Canterbury
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3888
Email law-enquiries@canterbury.ac.nz