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Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice

The University of Canterbury
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Graduate diploma / certificate
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Program description

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 seeks to have a professionally relevant graduate qualification.

Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice (GradDipCJ) students are required to pass 120 points above 100-level from the Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree, and these must include compulsory and optional courses.


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 (if already passed, then 15 points at 200-level or above from the Bachelor of Criminal Justice)

Optional courses

Students must also complete 30 points from the 300-level courses listed as optional courses for the Bachelor of Criminal Justice or a combination of HSRV 303 and another 15 point 300-level course from the list.

Career opportunities

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 Police, Ministry of Justice and Department of Corrections. 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.

Admission requirements

Graduate diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.

IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.

PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

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The University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury is a prestigious destination that is ranked in the world’s top 250 universities, with 15 subjects ranked in the world’s top 200 (QS World University Rankings). What’s more, UC has been awarded with a 5-star ranking for...

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