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Master of Criminology (274AB) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

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Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Criminology should:

  • develop a comprehensive knowledge of theories of crime, deviance and social control;
  • acquire advanced skills in research including ability to summarise and critically assess relevant theory and to collect and analyse relevant data;
  • exhibit a capacity to plan and execute original research, and to present sophisticated arguments and ideas in systematic and coherent ways;
  • emerge with a thorough understanding of relevant policy and political issues; and
  • have the capacity to engage in further higher degree research.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have:

  • developed a comprehensive knowledge of theories of crime, deviance and social control;
  • acquired advanced skills in research including ability to summarise and critically assess relevant material; to develop persuasive and cogent argumentation; and to collect and analyse suitable data;
  • exhibited a capacity to plan and execute research, ideas, and to present sophisticated arguments and ideas in systematic and coherent ways;
  • emerged with a thorough understanding of relevant policy and social contexts; and
  • developed the ability to consider issues from a range of perspectives and within local, national and international contexts.

Graduate attributes

Academic distinction

  • An in-depth knowledge of both the disciplinary foundations and new perspectives within the field of criminology and appreciation of contemporary challenges for criminological research;
  • The ability to develop creative and practical solutions to a range of issues and problems;
  • Skills of evaluative thinking, argumentation and persuasion built on evidence, research, and analysis.

Active citizenship

  • A knowledge and appreciation of issues concerning crime and victimisation at local, national and global level and their impact on communities;
  • An ability to work with others, and a willingness to lead in challenging environments;
  • A commitment to making a difference in solving some of the enduring problems of contemporary society.


Integrity and self-awareness

  • Independent thinkers who can work in diverse groups and appreciate alternative perspectives;
  • Ethical and committed individuals with a sense of personal and professional integrity;
  • Passionate problem solvers who seek out new knowledge and creative thinking.