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.
Possible qualification structure for Certificate in Criminal Justice
Optional courses from the Bachelor of Criminal Justice
Each block represents a 15-point course.
For full course requirements, see the Regulations for the Certificate in Criminal Justice.
The Certificate of Criminal Justice is made up of 60 points (four courses) at 100-level, including CRJU 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, and three optional 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:
- CRJU 150 Legal Method in the Criminal Justice Context
- CRJU 160 Legal Issues in the New Zealand Criminal Justice System
- HSRV 103 Violence in Society
- HSRV 104 Youth Realities
- PHIL 139 Ethics, Politics and Justice
- PSYC 105 Introductory Psychology – Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
- PSYC 106 Introductory Psychology – Social, Personality and Developmental
- MAOR 108 Aotearoa: Introduction to New Zealand Treaty Society
- MAOR 165 He Tīmatanga: Engaging with Māori
Graduates will be equipped with a unique 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 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.
For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Certificate in Criminal Justice. For more information on facilities, resources, and staff, see the College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture.