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Graduate Diploma of Criminological Research Studies
Graduate Diploma of Criminological Research Studies

Graduate Diploma of Criminological Research Studies

  • ID:GU610021
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Diploma of Criminological Research Studies, a student must:

  • hold an undergraduate degree in a related discipline from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (using a 7.0 point scale) over the last two years of the Bachelor degree

  • OR hold a Masters degree in a related discipline from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing)

  • OR evidence of qualifications or learning equivalent to either of the foregoing categories.

As a condition of acceptance into the program, students will be required to find a suitable supervisor or supervisors and have their research project approved by the supervisor/s and the Program Director. Students requiring assistance in finding a suitable supervisor should contact a HDR Convenor in that discipline. The supervisor/s will be responsible for assessing and recommending applications for admission into the program and plans for programs of study and will act as the nominated student contact for any concerns and issues that arise in their study. The Program Director will have final approval for admissions into the program.

English Requirements

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0

  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL

  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)

  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)

  • OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)

  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.


Course Information

The Graduate Diploma of Criminological Research Studies is an 80 credit point program designed to provide graduates in the criminology and criminal justice discipline with the opportunity to undertake advanced study in research methodology and to undertake supervised research work in the discipline area appropriate to their research trajectory.

The program provides the necessary preparation for entry into a higher degree research program (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or equivalent program) for applicants who do not possess the required qualifications for direct admission into these programs. The program will also be available to students who wish to undertake advanced studies in the identified disciplinary fields but who may not wish to progress to MPhil or PhD study.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply for admission to MPhil or PhD candidature subject to fulfilment of the requirements for candidature as specified in the Higher Degree Research Policy and successful completion of the confirmation procedure. The grade achieved will determine eligibility for admission to either a PhD or MPhil candidature.

The Program Director will be responsible for the overall supervision of students in the program and for monitoring their progress throughout the program.

Students may choose to exit the Graduate Diploma program (after successfully completing the specified courses) with the Graduate Certificate in Criminological Research Studies.


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  • Managing Research Projects - 6008CCJ

  • Research and Evaluation Methods - 7022CCJ

  • Quantitative Skills for Criminologists - 7036CCJ

  • Qualitative Skills for Criminologists - 7037CCJ

  • Justice and Crime - 7040CCJ

  • Contemporary Perspectives on Crime - 6009CCJ

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

The research capabilities developed through the program will be appropriate for students seeking employment in research fields.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 609 ($) AUD per year

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