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Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice
Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice

Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice

  • ID:UC640030
  • Level:2-Year Undergraduate Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • Entry to the Graduate Diploma requires a bachelor's degree, which does not need to be in the same area of study. If you gained your qualification overseas, this will need to be assessed to ensure it is of an equivalent standard.
  • Acceptance for the programme will depend on the standard and relevance of your previous studies. All students need to be approved by the Dean of Law.

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

This Graduate Diploma offers students an opportunity to complement and extend their undergraduate studies with further study in Criminal Justice.

It is ideal for those who are seeking employment in a range of criminal justice sector occupations, and also for those currently employed within the sector who seek to have a professionally relevant graduate qualification.

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Compulsory courses

  • CRJU 201 Crime and Justice

  • CRJU 202 Criminal Law and Procedure

  • CRJU 301 Sentencing Theory and Practice

  • CRJU 302 Prisons and Corrections

  • MAOR 219 Te Tiriti: The Treaty of Waitangi

Optional courses

Students must also complete 30 points of optional courses chosen from the list below; or can choose to instead complete one of the below courses and HSRV 310 Gender, Crime and Social Theory.

  • CRJU 300-level courses

  • LAWS 378 Genetics, Neuroscience and the Criminal Law

  • PHIL 324 Bioethics: Life, Death, and Medicine

  • PSYC 330 Forensic Psychology

  • PSYC 335 Abnormal Psychology (30 points)

  • PSYC 336 Industrial and Organisational Psychology

  • HIST 395 Crime, Criminology and Policing in Modern Europe since 1750 (30 points)

  • HSRV 311 Qualitative Research Methods (30 points)

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Master of Criminal Justice
  • Master of Laws
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Graduates will be equipped with a graduate 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 Graduate Diploma 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.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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