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Bachelor of Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Criminal Justice

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • The BCJ does not require a background in any specific subject at secondary school and is open to all students with entry to the University.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening 
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 550 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42
  • NZCEL:  Level 4 - Academic endorsement

Course Information

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ) is unique in Aotearoa New Zealand, the first degree of its kind that combines multidisciplinary academic study with a strong vocational focus.

Criminal Justice studies take a 360-degree look at the whole criminal justice system and its processes, including governance, enforcement, rehabilitation, and improvement. The degree draws together UC’s expertise in criminology, sociology, developmental and abnormal psychology, policing, criminal law and procedure, and human services.

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Year 1

  • CRJU 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

  • 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

  • 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 or MAOR 165 He Tīmatanga: Engaging with Māori

If enrolled in the double degree BCJ and Bachelor of Laws, LAWS 101 Legal System: Legal Method and Institutions is taken instead of CRJU 150 and CRJU 160.

Year 2

  • HSRV 210 Gender, Crime and Social Theory

  • MAOR 219 Te Tiriti: The Treaty of Waitangi

  • SOCI 293 The History of Gangs in New Zealand

  • PHIL 139 Ethics, Politics and Justice

  • CRJU 201 Crime and Justice or SOCI 218 Crime and Justice

  • CRJU 202 Criminal Law and Procedure (15 points) or if enrolled in the double degree BCJ and Bachelor of Laws and admitted to second year Law, LAW 202 Criminal Law (30 points)

Year 3

  • CRJU 301 Sentencing Theory and Practice or LAWS 366 Sentencing Theory and Practice

  • CRJU 302 Prisons and Corrections or SOCI 358 Prisons and Corrections

Optional courses

Students complete at least 90 points from the prescribed list of course options below. At least 45 points must be at 300-level.

One other 15-point course at 200-level or 300-level can also be chosen from the list, or can be chosen from courses from any other UC degree.

These courses are completed during the second and third years of study.

  • CRJU 210 Special Topic

  • CRJU 211 Forensic Science for Criminal Justice

  • CRJU 304 Research Essay in Criminal Justice

  • CRJU 307 Issues in Policing, Prosecution and Alternatives to Prosecution

  • CRJU 308 The Principles of Evidence

  • CRJU 309 International Criminal Law

  • CRJU 310 Special Topic

  • CRJU 311 Transnational Criminal Law

  • CRJU 312 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Law and Procedure

  • HIST 295 Crime, Criminology and Policing in Modern Europe since 1750

  • HIST 395 Crime, Criminology and Policing in Modern Europe since 1750

  • HSRV 201 Communication in the Human Services

  • HSRV 203 Policy Debates in the Social Services, HSRV 212 Family Violence

  • HSRV 311 Qualitative Research Methods

  • LAWS 378 Genetics, Neuroscience and the Criminal Law

  • LING 225 Forensic Linguistics

  • PHIL 240 Bioethics: Life, Death, and Medicine

  • PHIL 324 Bioethics: Life, Death, and Medicine

  • PSYC 206 Research Design and Statistics

  • PSYC 208 Cognition

  • PSYC 211 Personality

  • PSYC 330 Forensic Psychology

  • PSYC 335 Abnormal Psychology

  • PSYC 336 Industrial and Organisational Psychology

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Master of Criminal Justice
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Graduates of UC's Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree will have an edge over others in the crime and justice job markets in an area of national need and growing international specialisation.

The BCJ will prepare you for a career in all aspects of criminal justice, 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 degree is also relevant to work in many other government departments including prisons, probation and parole; criminal justice policy; forensics; public and private investigation and security; and social work.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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