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Master of Criminology


Faculty of Arts
Master of Criminology (MCrim)
Admission Requirement:
• Bachelor degree in Criminology or cognate discipline or equivalent work experience as assessed by the program director
• GPA of 4.00 (out of 7.00)
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each band or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Internal, External
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 1 year - 1.5 years depending on RPL granted
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
External — Session 1 (February)
External — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 1.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 48
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Organised Crime (4)
The Crimes of the Powerful (4)
Strategic Law Enforcement (4)
International Policing Systems (4)
Cyber Policing and Intelligence (4)
Advanced Criminology Theory (4)
Applied Criminology Practice and Policy (4)
24cp from
Terrorism (4)
Police Leadership and Governance (4)
Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare (4)
Research Methods (4)
Foundations of Modern Intelligence (4)
Internship (4)
Counter Terrorism (4)
Terrorism Dynamics (4)
Civil Wars and Insurgencies (4)
Cyber Crime (4)
International Policing Systems (4)
Practice of Modern Intelligence (4)
Supervised Project in Security Studies (4)
Cyber Security (4)
Geopolitics and Geostrategy (4)
Transnational Security (4)
Transnational Security in Asia (4)
Special Topic in Security Studies (4)


Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
AQF Level Level 9 Masters by Coursework Degree
CRICOS Code 092009G
Overview and Aims of the Program This degree develops your skills in advanced criminology theory, applied criminological research and criminal justice policy analysis. The core units, provided through the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, focus on synthesising the latest developments in criminology theory with critical thinking skills in the context of domestic and international policing, as well as in the operation of Australian criminal courts and corrective services. Electives allow students to focus on other areas of criminology, including terrorism studies, cyber terrorism and border security.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of advanced criminology theories
- Apply disciplinary knowledge to explain the development of real world crime problems
- Use disciplinary knowledge to evaluate and critique aspects of criminal justice policy in the areas of domestic and international policing, Australian courts and corrective services
- Formulate new polices and strategies related to the operation of the criminal justice system to address contemporary crime problems
- Demonstrate understanding of specialist areas of criminology, such as terrorism studies, cyber terrorism and border security
- Apply ethically and socially informed judgements to the use of criminological research and criminal justice policy
- Communicate disciplinary and criminal justice policy knowledge to professional and academic audiences
Learning and Teaching Methods The degree assists students to develop advanced discipline-specific knowledge in the field of criminology, as well as a range of analytic, evaluative and communications skills and to critically apply their knowledge to real world criminal problems and the operation of the Australian criminal justice system.

Students will develop a range of communication skills. This includes traditional academic writing skills, presentation skills and report and policy based writing. This reflects a pedagogy grounded in praxis, where theoretical knowledge is informed by contemporary experience, and can then inform action in a specific social context of criminology research and criminal justice policy.

Most units involve lecture and discussion classes, or seminars.
Assessment Assessments methods for this program include: conventional academic analysis in the form of written essays, oral presentations, critical evaluations of criminal justice policies, and the formulation of new anti-crime strategies and policies.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Graduates will be equipped to work in a range of government, non-government and private employment, including:
- State and federal policing agencies
- Federal intelligence services
- Australian Border Force
- Criminal justice administration
- Corrective services
- Cyber security
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148