Certificate in Criminal Justice
For those wanting a career change into the criminal justice fields, or who are only available to study part-time, or not wanting to study the full Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree, this Certificate is the best option for you.
The Certificate in Criminal Justice (CertCJ) is also a professionally relevant qualification for those already employed within the sector who wish to enhance their current skills and knowledge.
Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For information on the enrolment process, please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.
Certificate in Criminal Justice – example degree structure
Each block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.
This diagram is an example only – other combinations are possible. For specific course requirements, see the Regulations for the Certificate in Criminal Justice.
The Certificate of Criminal Justice is made up of 60 points of courses at 100-level, including CRJU101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, and three elective courses from the Bachelor of Criminal Justice.
It can be completed in a minimum of one semester full-time (6 months), or up to a maximum of 4 years part-time.
Credit from your completed courses can be transferred to the Bachelor of Criminal Justice, provided you have not graduated with the Certificate beforehand.
The Certificate is made up of the following courses:
Plus another three courses chosen from:
- CRJU150 Legal Method in the Criminal Justice Context
- CRJU160 Legal Issues in the New Zealand Criminal Justice System
- HSRV103 Violence in Society
- HSRV104 Youth Realities
- PHIL139 Ethics, Politics and Justice
- PSYC105 Introductory Psychology – Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
- PSYC106 Introductory Psychology – Social, Personality and Developmental
- MAOR108 Te Patu a Maui: The Treaty of Waitangi – facing and overcoming colonisation
- MAOR165 Tuakiri: Culture and Identity
The CertCJ is a good pathway into the full Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree.
Graduates will be equipped with a unique qualification that will prepare them for a career in the criminal justice fields, in particular roles within police and the justice sector.
The Certificate 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.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2023||60||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$3,282|
|2022||60||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$3,194|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$14,400||$12,522|
|2023||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$15,000||$13,043|
For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Certificate in Criminal Justice.
For study planning help, contact a Student Advisor.
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