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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

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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

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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Try further study on for size at a Postgraduate Test Drive. Meet with a personal Regional Manager on campus or virtually to learn more about studying at Bond, and to explore how a postgraduate degree can support your professional goals. This curated experience considers your unique circumstances, giving you an unmatched opportunity to have all of your questions about postgraduate study answered.

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What our students say

"The best thing about studying a Masters of Criminology at Bond University is the variety of opportunities students must further their knowledge. It is not all about textbooks and theories, but rather the practical experience of what it is like to work as a criminologist. For example, as a part of my studies I was fortunate enough to take a private tour of a correctional centre. The tour served as a practical application of my studies and was an invaluable opportunity that reminded me of the wide-spectrum of avenues in which I can use my degree to help others achieve a better life. It is experiences like this, coupled with a nurturing learning environment, that contribute to the maximization of education at Bond University."

Stephanie Marr Bachelor of Behaviour Management Graduate; Masters of Criminology Student

Key features

  • Learn from leading industry professionals with a wealth of knowledge
  • Graduate sooner with Bond’s accelerated degrees
  • Small class sizes and a personalised approach to learning

About the program

The Master of Criminology program gives you 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 you 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. You 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

ModeOn Campus 
Duration3 semesters (1 year)
Starting semesters
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • September 2023
  • January 2024
  • May 2024
  • September 2024
Program typeMasters Coursework
Study areaSocial Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Program codeHS-23096
CRICOS code078659A
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

View the Master of Criminology Program Structure and Sequencing

Required subjects (7)

Electives (1)

  • Choose 1 elective from the list of available postgraduate subjects from across the University

Research option (40cp)

Students must choose one (1) of the following suites of subjects:


  • Research Project (10cp)
  • Plus three (3) additional general electives (30cp). Students can choose from the list of available post graduate subjects from across the University. 

Teaching methodology

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 the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.

Semester program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2022: $16,413* per semester average
  • Students commencing study in 2023: $16,840* per semester average

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2022: $49,240
  • Students commencing study in 2023: $50,520

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 most other universities.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.

Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.

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

Key dates

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How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.

Future outcomes

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.


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