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 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.
Students with English as an additional language are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
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Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice (GradDipCJ) students are required to pass 120 points of compulsory and optional courses.
The Diploma will take 1–2 years full-time, or up to 4 years part-time, to complete.
Students must also complete 30 points of optional courses chosen from the list below; or can choose to instead complete one of the below courses (excluding HIST 396, HSRV 302, and HSRV 305) and HSRV 303 Women Offending and Victimisation Perspectives.
- CRJU 300-level courses
- LAWS 378 Genetics, Neuroscience and the Criminal Law
- PHIL 324 Bioethics: Life, Death, and Medicine
- PSYC 335 Abnormal Psychology
- PSYC 336 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
- HIST 395 Crime, Criminology and Policing in Modern Europe since 1750 (30 points)
- HSRV 302 Qualitative Social Research or HSRV 305 Quantitative Research Methods for the Human Services
UC offers a Master of Criminal Justice, as well as other qualifications in similar subjects, such as Law and Psychology.
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 New Zealand Police | Ngā Pirihimana O Aotearoa, Ministry of Justice | Tāhū o te Ture, and Department of Corrections | Ara Poutama Aotearoa.
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.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice.
For study planning help contact the School of Law | Te Kura Ture or the College of Business and Law:
College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
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