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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMCrim
CRICOS code048452J
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Caulfield)
Contact details


Telephone: +61 3 9905 2107


The Master of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers students an opportunity to pursue an advanced coursework program in criminal justice. It provides an overview of local, national and international issues in criminal justice and engages students in criminal justice research. The program examines issues such as criminal justice practice and reform, policing, security and risk management, managing criminal justice, crime prevention and criminal behaviours and enterprises. It places criminal justice issues in historical and contemporary social and political contexts. Students also have the opportunity to pursue independent criminal justice research.


Students successfully completing the Master of Criminal Justice and Criminology will be able to:

  • demonstrate an ability to critically analyse and evaluate arguments
  • demonstrate critical understanding of key issues in criminal justice practice and reform at the state, national and international level
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of policing, security and risk management matters at the state, national and international level
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of historical and contemporary criminal justice issues at the state, federal and international level
  • undertake independent criminal justice research
  • communicate clearly and persuasively.


Students complete two core units, level-four electives to the value of 24 points, and 24 points at level five. All units except where indicated are worth 12 points.


Students complete two level-four core units:

  • CJM4030 Criminal justice practice and reform
  • CJM4002 Policing, security and risk management

and 24 points of elective units at level four and 24 points of elective units at level five from the following:*

  • CJM4001 Crime prevention: A global perspective
  • CJM4004/CJM5004 Criminal behaviours and enterprises: Individuals, groups and organisations
  • CJM4040/CJM5040 Managing criminal justice issues
  • CJM5000 Criminal justice research project (9,000 words)
  • CJM5005 Criminal justice internship
  • CJM5050 Criminal justice dissertation (18,000 words - 24 points)**
  • CJM5060 Supervised reading in criminal justice and criminology
  • HSM4302 Management and leadership in human services
  • PLM4340/ PLM5340 Fringe politics and extremist violence: An introduction to terrorism

* Students cannot complete the same unit at both levels four and five, eg CJM4040/CJM5040

** Part time students take CJM5050A (12 points) followed by CJM5050B (12 points). Students will need to have attained both a Distinction average in their previous 48 points of the Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice and permission from the course coordinator before they can enrol in CJM5050 or CJM5050A and CJM5050B.

Alternative exit(s)

Students who have completed studies in this course to the value of:

  • 24 points may apply to exit with a related graduate certificate
  • 48 points may apply to exit with a related graduate diploma.


Master of Criminology