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 previous studies in a relevant bachelor's degree. 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 above 100-level from the Bachelor of Criminal Justice Schedules, including 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 from the 300-level courses listed in Schedule B of the Bachelor of Criminal Justice; or a combination of HSRV 303 Women Offending and Victimisation Perspectives and another 15 point 300-level course from Schedule B.
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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