Faculty of Arts


Postgraduate study in Criminology

Postgraduate study in Criminology allows you to advance your knowledge of criminological literature, theories and methods while you develop your own research interests.

Sociology in the School of Social Sciences


Criminology is based in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences. We are among the best regarded sociology departments in the southern hemisphere.*  Our teaching and supervision reflects our vibrant research culture. You will work with staff who are passionate about criminological enquiry. We have expertise in qualitative, quantitative and other research methods. We have extensive research and policy experience in New Zealand and abroad.

*2012 QS World University Rankings.

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Postgraduate study opportunities in Criminology


Criminology considers various perspectives and responses in criminology and criminal justice both within New Zealand and internationally. We offer courses and research possibilities in criminological theory, criminal justice practice and crime policy.

Criminology staff research and publish in the following areas:

  • theories of crime causation (eitology) and control
  • social responses to crime
  • punishment, prisons and corrections
  • indigenous and restorative justice
  • crime and social stratification (including race, social class and gender);
  • critical legal theory
  • crime and intelligence
  • drugs, violence, deviance and more.
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Postgraduate careers


Postgraduate study in Criminology can prepare you for a position in policy, academic research, law enforcement and corrections, as well as for further study at PhD level (a PhD in Sociology is available). A PhD could lead to a career in advanced public and private research, public policy and advocacy, or in academia.

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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology


The BA(Hons) is a stand-alone degree at postgraduate level. It may be taken after a completed BA and is awarded as a separate qualification. The BA(Hons) may be used as the entry qualification for the one-year MA.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Criminology or approval of the Head of School or nominee. You must have an average grade of B or higher in 45 points above Stage II in the major.

Required course of study

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for the courses you may take and how to structure your study.

Master of Arts (MA) in Criminology


In 2012 there are two separate MA options, depending on your entrance pathway.

120-point (one-year) MA

The 120-point MA requires one year of full-time study, with admission from a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts. The MA in Criminology is available as a research masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Criminology with an average grade of B or higher. There are higher requirements for some research options.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

240-point (two-year) MA

The 240-point MA requires two consecutive years of full-time study, with admission from a BA or approved equivalent qualification. The MA in Criminology is available as a research masters.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Criminology, or approval of the Head of School or nominee. You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.

To progress to the second year of the MA

In the first 120 points of MA enrolment, you must achieve:

  • An average grade of B, or
  • For a research masters, any grade specified for enrolment in a thesis or research portfolio.

If you do not achieve the required grade, enrolment for the MA cannot continue.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

 

Apply and enrol


To apply and enrol for postgraduate study, visit our page on how to apply.

 

 

Contact a Graduate Adviser


For more information on postgradute study in Criminology, contact an Adviser.