Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Political and Social Inquiry


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Crime, its causes and its consequences directly impacts on all public and private sector institutions and on every member of society. The discipline of criminology interprets, analyses and evaluates critical aspects of crime, social control and the criminal justice process.

This area of study is aimed at people interested in pursuing research into the criminal justice system and related criminological issues. All relevant research topics will be considered, subject to the availability of supervision. Joint interdisciplinary supervision can be arranged.

Current academic strengths relevant to the criminology discipline include:

  • border policing and sovereignty
  • causes of crime
  • crime and human rights
  • gender and the criminal justice system
  • histories of policing
  • people trafficking
  • policing
  • punishment and incarceration
  • restorative justice
  • state crime
  • surveillance
  • terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • transnational crime.


For a list of units in this area of study refer to the requirements for courses listed under 'Relevant courses'.

Relevant courses

  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.