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Master of Criminology (274AB)

Masters (Coursework)Year: 2019 Delivered: On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Award titleMaster of Criminology
Year & campus2019 — Parkville
CRICOS code055074E
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeGraduate Coursework
AQF level 9
Credit points200 credit points
Duration24 months full time or 48 months part time

The Master of Criminology offers a curriculum that reflects cutting edge theory while providing specialist training for enhanced professional purposes, usually to graduates working in the fields of criminology, the criminal justice system and social policy and research relating to these areas, but may also be taken for general interest. This course does not necessarily lead to higher degree study, however high achieving students may qualify for entry to a masters by research or PhD.

Students will study contemporary global and local problems such as drug use, international crime, transitional justice, white-collar crime and Indigenous politics, with an emphasis both on the latest criminological knowledge and on new law and policy responses to them. They will understand criminal justice as a contested area of social practice, and the ways in which a public criminology can rethink ways of responding to crime.

Entry requirements

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • an undergraduate degree in any discipline, with at least H2B (70%) weighted average, or equivalent.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance; and
  • relevance of previous studies.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. The minimum English language requirements for this course are Band 6.5.

Applicants with the following may be awarded up to 50 points of credit:

  • an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline, with at least an H2B (70%) weighted average, or equivalent; or
  • an undergraduate degree in any discipline and a Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline, with at least an H2B (70%) weighted average, or equivalent.

Applicants with the following may be awarded up to 100 points of credit:

  • an honours degree in a cognate discipline, with at least an H2B (70%) weighted average, or equivalent; or
  • an undergraduate degree and an Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Criminology, with at least H2B (70%) weighted average, or equivalent; or
  • an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline, with at least H2B (70%) weighted average, or equivalent, and at least two years of documented, relevant work experience.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005) and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF127). For the purposes of considering requests for reasonable adjustments, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the overview, attributes, outcomes and skills of this entry. Further details about how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

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.

Course structure

Students are required to complete the program requirements/structure from the year that they commenced their program. All compulsory, core and capstone subjects must be completed to be eligible to graduate from the program.

200 Point Program

Duration: 2 years full-time/ up to 4 years part-time

First 50 points of the program:

  • one core subject (12.5 points)
  • foundation subjects (37.5 points)

and

Coursework Only Option:

  • three compulsory subjects (37.5 points)
  • graduate elective subjects (112.5 points)

or

Minor Thesis Option:

  • three compulsory subjects (37.5 points)
  • POLS40013 Social Science Research Seminar (12.5 points)
  • minor thesis parts 1 and 2 (37.5 points)
  • graduate elective subjects (62.5 points)

150 Point Program

Duration: 1.5 years full-time/ up to 3 years part-time

Coursework Only Option:

  • three compulsory subjects (37.5 points)
  • elective subjects (112.5 points)

or

Minor Thesis Option:

  • three compulsory subjects (37.5 points)
  • POLS40013 Social Science Research Seminar (12.5 points)
  • minor thesis part 1 and 2 (37.5 points)
  • elective subjects (62.5 points)

100 point program

Duration: 1 year full-time/ up to 3 years part-time

Coursework Only Option:

  • two compulsory subjects (25 points)
  • elective subjects (75 points)

or

Minor Thesis Option:

  • two compulsory subjects (25 points)
  • POLS40013 Social Science Research Seminar (12.5 points)
  • minor thesis part 1 and 2 (37.5 points)
  • elective subjects (25 points)

Capstone Requirement:

Capstone subject options must be completed in the final hundred points of the program. All students are required to complete one Capstone subject option (at least 25 points). This requirement cannot be waived or replaced in any circumstances.

Capstone Stream 1: CRIM90030 Criminology and Sociology Internship Part 1 and CRIM90031 Criminology and Sociology Internship Part 2 (Total 25 points)

Purpose: An opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and skills to solve problems that arise in professional contexts and develop an integrated understanding of theory and practice

Capstone Stream 2: CRIM90028 Criminology Thesis Part 1 and CRIM90029 Criminology Thesis Part 2 (37.5 points total)

Purpose: An opportunity to integrate knowledge and research skills to address a specific criminology research question

Capstone Stream 3: CRIM90010 Crime Prevention: Critical Approaches (12.5 points) and CRIM90017 Violence, Trauma and Reconciliation (12.5 points)

Purpose: an opportunity to develop an understanding of issues arising from mass violence across a range of international examples and an opportunity to explore innovation in crime prevention policies and practice.

External Subject Rule

Student may undertake an external subject (not listed within the program structure) with the permission of the program and subject coordinator. All external subject requests must be for the elective subject requirement, not as a compulsory, core or capstone subject. The maximum external subjects allowed are as follows:

  • 200 point program undertaken at University of Melbourne (2 years): maximum 25 points.
  • 150 point program undertaken at University of Melbourne (1.5 years): maximum 12.5 points.
  • 100* point program undertaken at University of Melbourne (1 year): 12.5 points
  • 50*^ point program undertaken at University of Melbourne (0.5 years): 0 points.

* GC-ARTS, GD-ARTS, GCA-ARTS and GDA-ARTS students are not normally granted permission to undertake external subjects towards their degree.

^ Exception: Students admitted to 50 point programs may apply to take LING90002, Presenting Academic Discourse, as an external subject.

Please note that advanced standing contributes to a student’s remaining points undertaken at University of Melbourne, and may affect how many points the student can undertake outside the enrolled program.

For policies that govern this degree, see the Courses, Subjects, Awards and Programs Policy in the University Melbourne Policy Library. Students also should also refer to information in the Enrolment and Timetabling Policy.

Majors, minors & specialisations

Name Credit Points
200pt Program 200
150pt Program 150
100pt Program 100

Further study

Students who complete the minor thesis may be eligible to apply for the PhD.

Last updated: 23 July 2019