Pursue a career in Criminology
Criminology is fast becoming a vital discipline! A career in criminology explores the motives behind criminal behaviour and analyses the criminal justice system. A Master of Criminology at Bond prepares graduates for a career in the industry. Graduates are given the skills and training necessary to understand crime, justice, and forensic issues. Graduate sooner with Bond’s accelerated degrees!
Learn from industry professionals
Students in the Master of Criminology program are taught by leading industry professionals, with a wealth of knowledge. Our Academics continue to actively work on cases, conduct regular research and are often featured in local publications. These attributes allow students to be immersed in criminology and learn first-hand from professionals active in the industry. Students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a career in criminology.
Intensive mode delivery (Postgraduate)
The Master of Criminology is delivered in intensive mode. Intensive Mode Delivery is a compact and time efficient way to complete a postgraduate qualification with minimal impact on professional and personal lifestyles. Subjects are generally delivered in either standard intensive or mixed mode. Standard Intensive delivery is generally scheduled over two weekends during the semester with two sets of three-day sessions per subject, usually scheduled Thursday to Saturday (approximately six to eight contact hours per day) with a break of four or five weeks between session one and session two of each subject. Mixed mode subjects will include a mixture of compulsory online activities and on-campus workshops. International students are required to be on campus every week. This mode of delivery will not impact the duration of the degree length.
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About the program
The Master of Criminology program gives students skill development and training as well as scholarly appreciation of crime, justice and forensic issues. The program provides an understanding of a broad range of issues involving criminology theories, contemporary information on crime prevention, the theory and practice of punishment, criminal offenders, the police, courts and correctional institutions, including current crime and deviance issues. Show more
The Master of Criminology program gives students skill development and training as well as scholarly appreciation of crime, justice and forensic issues. The program provides an understanding of a broad range of issues involving criminology theories, contemporary information on crime prevention, the theory and practice of punishment, criminal offenders, the police, courts and correctional institutions, including current crime and deviance issues. Students will be provided with both knowledge and research skills and techniques required for the analysis of criminological issues and an understanding of how to critically evaluate published research. Show less
|Duration||3 semesters (1 year)|
|Program type||Masters Coursework|
|Study area||Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
The Master of Criminology program enables students with an existing knowledge or early career in Criminology to develop research skills as they relate to various areas of criminological enquiry, and communicate the results of any research findings to both technical and non-technical audiences. It will equip graduates with the critical thinking skills and strategic development required to expand their criminology careers.
The Master of Criminology comprises 12 subjects, as follows:
Core subjects (2)
- Research Methods in Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMR71-100)
- Epistemology and Theory of Knowledge (HUMR71-110)
Foundation subjects (6)
- Politically Motivated Violence (INTR71-315)
- Forensic Criminology (CRIM71-320)
- Genocide: A sociological and criminal approach (CRIM71-105)
- Crime Analysis and Profiling (CRIM71-102)
- Security and Strategy in the 21st Century (INTR71-102)
- Transnational Crime (CRIM71-103)
Dissertation/Elective option subjects (4)
Students must choose one (1) of the following suites of subjects:
- Major Dissertation/Portfolio A (20 credit points) (HUMR72-701)
- Major Dissertation/Portfolio B (20 credit points) (HUMR72-702)
- Minor Dissertation/Portfolio A (HUMR71-705)
- Minor Dissertation/Portfolio B (HUMR71-706)
Plus two (2) elective subjects taken from the Faculty of Society & Design list of available postgraduate subjects. (CRIM71-700 Criminology Internship and Portfolio and further minor dissertation/portfolio subjects are available as elective subject options).
Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.
Available research topics for dissertation / portfolio
The Faculty of Society & Design has highly skilled academic staff who can provide supervision to students in the following research areas:
- A Critical Examination of the Criminal Justice System and Why Mistakes Happen
- Analysis of an Effective Response to the Illicit Drug Problem
- Analysis of Regulations Pertaining to Crime and Criminal Justice
- Case Analysis of Miscarriage of Justice
- Comparing Efficiency of Different Methods of Criminal Profiling
- Consequences of Wrongful Convictions
- Copycat Crime and New Media
- Corruption and Bribery in the Justice System
- Criminal Justice and Youth Crime
- Cyber Bullying – Where Does the Responsibility Lie?
- How Stalking Victims Prolong the Intensity or Duration of Stalking
- Indigenous Crime and Justice
- Looking at Criminal Investigations and Understanding the Social and Criminological Context Within Which These Operate
- Measures to Prevent Violence in the Workplace
- Media Coverage of a Topical Crime Genre
- Preventing Assaults on Drivers of Public Transport
- The CSI Influence on Juries
- The Link Between Self Esteem and Crime
- Understanding the Role Victims Play in the Criminal Justice System
The below fees are based on an average per semester cost, fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester:
- 2019 fees: $13,320 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
- 2020 fees: $13,807 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
Price may vary depending on elective discipline choice.
When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.
This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.
Academic entry requirements
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent at an approved institution in either criminology, sociology, legal studies, psychology, humanities/arts or business studies.
Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information