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. 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.
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
Academic entry requirements
Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 Bachelor degree 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
How to apply
Meet our Academics
Dr Wayne Petherick is currently the Head and Associate Professor of Criminology in the Faculty of Society & Design. Dr Petherick teaches in the areas of Alcohol, Drugs, and Crime, Criminal Profiling, Applied Crime Analysis, Criminal Motivations, Crime and Deviance, Forensic Victimology, and Forensic Criminology. Dr Petherick is an author, editor, and coeditor of three textbooks including Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues in Behavioural Profiling, now in its second edition, Forensic Victimology, and Forensic Criminology. These works are published by Elsevier Science, the oldest publisher in the world, who also published Galileo.
His research areas of interest include criminal profiling, with his doctoral thesis Criminal Profiling: A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Methods and Content examining criminal profiles to better understand the nature of logic employed and the types of characteristics offered by the different approaches. Other areas include stalking, where he is developing a Response-Outcome model to better understand the response style of victims of stalking and how this may perpetuate the cycle of harassment. In other work, Wayne is also working on the relationship between self esteem, personality disorder, crime, and criminal (and victim) motivations.
In addition to his teaching and research work, Dr. Petherick also works on a variety of cases including homicides, threat and risk cases, and stalking.
Recent Media Contributions
Dr. Terry Goldsworthy has over 28 years policing experience in Australia as a Detective Inspector. He has served in general duties, watchhouse and as a motorcycle officer before moving to the Criminal Investigation Branch in 1994. He spent eight years as a Detective Senior Sergeant on the Gold Coast in charge of the CIB at Burleigh Heads before moving to the Legal and Policy Unit at Ethical Standard Command. Dr. Goldsworthy has completed a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws, Advanced Diploma of Investigative Practice and a Diploma of Policing.
As a result of his law studies Dr. Goldsworthy was admitted to the bar in the Queensland and Federal Courts as a barrister in 1999. Dr. Goldsworthy then completed a Master of Criminology at Bond University. He later completed his PhD focusing on the concept of evil and its relevance from a criminological and sociological viewpoint. In particular Dr. Goldsworthy looked at the link between evil and armed conflicts using the Waffen-SS as a case study. Dr. Goldsworthy has recently published his first book titled Valhalla’s Warriors, which examines the genocidal actions of the SS in Russia during World War II. He has also contributed a chapters to the tertiary textbooks, Serial Crime and Forensic Criminology, published by Academic Press. He contributed a number of articles to the Australian Police Journal.
Research Partners & Collaborators
Probation and Parole
Gold Coast Drug Council
Gold Coast Centre against Sexual Violence
Recent Media Contributions
Robyn's academic background is in the social sciences with special interest in Aboriginal criminal justice issues. She has lectured at Bond University since 1994 and at other universities in Queensland (UQ, QUT and Griffith). Her research work has been conducted at UQ, QUT, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and Rutgers University in New Jersey. Robyn has experience in academic publishing and worked as Senior Editor at Aboriginal Studies Press in Canberra for five years. She was Managing Editor of the Journal of Sociology and the Australian Journal of Social Issues.
While Robyn has broad-ranging interests in the criminological field, she has focused on the treatment of marginalised groups within the criminal justice system. In particular, her focus is on theoretical developments in the Aboriginal justice arena and concerns around juvenile justice such as the public identification of youth who come before the courts.