Postgraduate Course

Master of Criminology

Gain a competitive edge and learn specialised knowledge and advanced skills needed to respond to a wide range of tasks in the criminal justice system and the field of criminology. 

What type of student are you?

Murdoch code
M1314
Study mode
Part Time or Full Time
Duration
2
Selection rank
CRICOS code
103447A
First year fee (domestic)
$23,280
First year fee (international)
$30,840
Full course fee (domestic)
$46,560
Full course fee (international)
$61,680
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The fees provided are indicative and intended only as a guide. They are based on a typical full-time enrolment for a first year student at Murdoch University of 24 credit points. The indicative fee is based on the applicable Commonwealth Supported Fee.

Overview

This course will provide you with the skills to understand the fundamental matters of criminology. Whether you have graduated with a degree in criminology or from another discipline area, you will gain in-depth knowledge and skills to analyse contemporary issues challenging today’s criminal justice system. This course also has the option of completing a thesis, giving you the opportunity to specialise in an area of criminology you're passionate about whilst demonstrating your readiness for PhD studies.

As a criminology professional, you will need multidisciplinary and applied skills to investigate complex and evolving issues. You will gain an understanding of criminal behaviour and investigate complex crimes such as cybercrimes and terrorism. You will understand developing criminal justice issues, including how criminal law and evidence responds to new crimes, particularly in the business environment. Learn how this benefitted Ashlyn by advancing her ability to put theory into practice in real-world settings. 

If you have industry experience, a graduate certificate or graduate diploma, you can use this to obtain an advanced standing into the Master of Criminology, so you can gain your qualification quicker. 

3 reasons to study a Master of Criminology at Murdoch

  1. Murdoch is the only university in Western Australia to offer this unique course.
  2. Study the latest developments in criminology theory with critical thinking skills in the context of domestic and international policing.
  3. Learn from leading academics who have significant real-world experience to ensure that your learning is at the forefront of professional practice. Some of our academics have worked in prisons treating criminal behaviour, as senior personnel in the Australian Federal Police and with the FBI and other foreign authorities.

Develop your skills

  • Gain advanced knowledge of criminological issues, concepts and theories in a range of contexts.
  • Develop applied methods to meet practitioner and real-world demands.
  • Apply specialist discipline knowledge in practical contexts and gain effective communication skills for the workplace.
  • Apply interdisciplinary and intercultural perspective to criminological issues.
  • Build professional development skills through optional units in business, research and work placements.

Your future career

A Master of Criminology could see you working in public and private sectors nationally or internationally.

Other opportunities of employment include law enforcement, corrections, intelligence, international and cognate entities as well as a range of providers in the broad sphere of criminal justice.

Some career pathways could include:

  • Criminologist
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Intelligence Officer
  • State or Federal Police Law Enforcement Officers

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Unit code Unit name Credit points
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Entry requirements

Select which option best describes your path to university :
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
Pre-Law

Successful completion of

Pre-Law course

with a 60% average.

Successful completion of

Pre-Law course

with a 60% average.

University study

For Criminology:

Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA)

For Law :

Successful study at AQF level 7 (or equivalent) achieving either one semester with a minimum 70% GPA; or two semesters with a minimum 67% GPA. Applicants via this pathway may be requested to attend an interview.

For Criminology:

Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA)

For Law :

Successful completion of at least one year.

Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) courses

For Criminology:

Successful completion of one of the following:

· Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.

  • MUPC (1 Trimester).

· Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.

For Law :

Successful completion of one of the following:

· Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum average mark of 78% or higher with a minimum of 70% in the ‘Introduction to Academic Communication’ unit

Foundation Studies Course with a minimum average mark of 78% or higher.

For Criminology:

Successful completion of one of the following:

· Murdoch University Preparation Course

· Introduction to Academic Communication unit

· Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.

For Law :

Successful completion of one of the following:

· Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum average mark of 78% or higher with a minimum of 70% in the ‘Introduction to Academic Communication’ unit

Foundation Studies Course with a minimum average mark of 78% or higher.

Enabling courses

For Criminology:

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • OnTrack Flex, OnTrack Sprint or K-Track at Murdoch University.
  • Murdoch FlexiTrack High program in Year 12.
  • TLC - Learning for Tomorrow in Year 12.
  • an enabling or bridging course at another Australian University

For Law :

No direct entry

For Criminology:

Successful completion of the course.
 

For Law :

No direct entry

Pre-Law

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of

Pre-Law course

with a 60% average.

Minimum english requirement

Successful completion of

Pre-Law course

with a 60% average.

University study

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA)

For Law :

Successful study at AQF level 7 (or equivalent) achieving either one semester with a minimum 70% GPA; or two semesters with a minimum 67% GPA. Applicants via this pathway may be requested to attend an interview.

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA)

For Law :

Successful completion of at least one year.

Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) courses

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of one of the following:

· Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.

  • MUPC (1 Trimester).

· Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.

For Law :

Successful completion of one of the following:

· Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum average mark of 78% or higher with a minimum of 70% in the ‘Introduction to Academic Communication’ unit

Foundation Studies Course with a minimum average mark of 78% or higher.

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of one of the following:

· Murdoch University Preparation Course

· Introduction to Academic Communication unit

· Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.

For Law :

Successful completion of one of the following:

· Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum average mark of 78% or higher with a minimum of 70% in the ‘Introduction to Academic Communication’ unit

Foundation Studies Course with a minimum average mark of 78% or higher.

Enabling courses

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • OnTrack Flex, OnTrack Sprint or K-Track at Murdoch University.
  • Murdoch FlexiTrack High program in Year 12.
  • TLC - Learning for Tomorrow in Year 12.
  • an enabling or bridging course at another Australian University

For Law :

No direct entry

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of the course.
 

For Law :

No direct entry

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)

For Criminology:

70​​

For Law :

90 ​

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only)​.

Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)

For Criminology:

CPS 54 or higher.


For Law :

CPS 70 or higher.​

For Criminology:

50% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).

For Law :

65% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).

Portfolio entry

For Criminology and combined Criminology courses

A successful portfolio application that demonstrates relevant aptitude and ability in a related learning area.​ Find out more about the Portfolio Entry Pathway.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

For Criminology:

Total score of 24 or higher.

For Law :

Total score of 33 or higher.

For Criminology:

Higher level (HL): 3 or better.

Standard Level (SL): 4 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

​ 

For Law​:

Higher level (HL): 5 or better.

Standard Level (SL): 6 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Extenuating circumstances

We'll consider applications from prospective students whose education has been compromised due to genuine hardship, resulting in them falling short of entry requirements for an undergraduate course. Find out more.

Case-by-case assessment.
Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

For Criminology:

Overall Position (OP) of 13 or lower.

For Law :

Overall Position (OP) of 6 or lower.

For Law and Criminology:

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:​

  • English
  • English Extension (Literature)
  • English for ESL Learners.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Law Start

Successful attendance and completion of LAW START, an ability and aptitude Evaluation Pathway. Note this course is not available to students on a Student Visa.​

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

or interstate equivalent, or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.​


GCE A Levels

For Criminology:

Minimum of 6 points taken from the best 2 or 3 subjects where A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points e.g. A=2.5, B=2 etc.) or higher.

For Law :

Minimum of 12 points taken from the best 2 or 3 subjects where A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points e.g. A=2.5, B=2 etc.) or higher.

For Criminology:

A Levels: D in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

AS Level: C in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

For Law :

A Levels: C in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

AS Level: B in one of the following:

  • English Language

English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

Overseas Year 12
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

70​​

For Law :

90 ​

Minimum english requirement

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only)​.

Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

CPS 54 or higher.


For Law :

CPS 70 or higher.​

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

50% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).

For Law :

65% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).

Portfolio entry

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology and combined Criminology courses

A successful portfolio application that demonstrates relevant aptitude and ability in a related learning area.​ Find out more about the Portfolio Entry Pathway.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

Total score of 24 or higher.

For Law :

Total score of 33 or higher.

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

Higher level (HL): 3 or better.

Standard Level (SL): 4 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

​ 

For Law​:

Higher level (HL): 5 or better.

Standard Level (SL): 6 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Extenuating circumstances

Minimum academic requirement

We'll consider applications from prospective students whose education has been compromised due to genuine hardship, resulting in them falling short of entry requirements for an undergraduate course. Find out more.

Minimum english requirement

Case-by-case assessment.
Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

Overall Position (OP) of 13 or lower.

For Law :

Overall Position (OP) of 6 or lower.

Minimum english requirement

For Law and Criminology:

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:​

  • English
  • English Extension (Literature)
  • English for ESL Learners.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Law Start

Minimum academic requirement

Successful attendance and completion of LAW START, an ability and aptitude Evaluation Pathway. Note this course is not available to students on a Student Visa.​

Minimum english requirement

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

or interstate equivalent, or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.​


GCE A Levels

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

Minimum of 6 points taken from the best 2 or 3 subjects where A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points e.g. A=2.5, B=2 etc.) or higher.

For Law :

Minimum of 12 points taken from the best 2 or 3 subjects where A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points e.g. A=2.5, B=2 etc.) or higher.

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

A Levels: D in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

AS Level: C in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

For Law :

A Levels: C in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

AS Level: B in one of the following:

  • English Language

English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

Overseas Year 12

Minimum academic requirement

Please refer to the information under the country of study.

Minimum english requirement

Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
Diploma or Advanced Diploma AQF level 5–6

For Criminology:

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

For Law :

No direct entry

For Criminology:

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

For Law :

No direct entry

Certificate IV AQF level 4

For Criminology:

Successful completion of a Certificate IV.

For Law :

No direct entry

For Criminology:

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

STAT Written English score of 140 or higher (145 if prior to May 2010).

 ​

For Law:

No direct entry​

Diploma or Advanced Diploma AQF level 5–6

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

For Law :

No direct entry

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

For Law :

No direct entry

Certificate IV AQF level 4

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of a Certificate IV.

For Law :

No direct entry

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

STAT Written English score of 140 or higher (145 if prior to May 2010).

 ​

For Law:

No direct entry​

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
For Criminology: Multiple Choice score of 135 (145 if taken prior to May 2010). For Law : No direct entry – consider Pre-Law pathway.

For Law and Criminology:

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).


Portfolio entry

For Criminology and combined Criminology courses

A successful portfolio application that demonstrates relevant aptitude and ability in a related learning area.​ Find out more about the Portfolio Entry Pathway.

Mature Age Pathway (MAP)

For Criminology:

MAP involves an interview and a portfolio submission to be assessed by the Academic Chair of the course. Admission is based on relevant work and life experience. Applicants must also meet the English Language Competency requirements for the course. Email us for more information .

For Law :

No direct entry – consider Pre-Law pathway.

For Criminology:

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Must be met according to the respective courses standard ELC requirements, STAT Written English 140, etc.

 

For Law:

No direct entry​

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology: Multiple Choice score of 135 (145 if taken prior to May 2010). For Law : No direct entry – consider Pre-Law pathway.

Minimum english requirement

For Law and Criminology:

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).


Portfolio entry

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology and combined Criminology courses

A successful portfolio application that demonstrates relevant aptitude and ability in a related learning area.​ Find out more about the Portfolio Entry Pathway.

Mature Age Pathway (MAP)

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

MAP involves an interview and a portfolio submission to be assessed by the Academic Chair of the course. Admission is based on relevant work and life experience. Applicants must also meet the English Language Competency requirements for the course. Email us for more information .

For Law :

No direct entry – consider Pre-Law pathway.

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Must be met according to the respective courses standard ELC requirements, STAT Written English 140, etc.

 

For Law:

No direct entry​

As per normal admission requirement

English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which for most courses can be demonstrated by providing evidence that you have completed Year 11 and 12 in Australia at any level if you are a domestic student, or through either English proficiency tests, university preparation courses, English language courses, previous tertiary study or vocational education.

Other Requirements

Admission to the Master of Criminology is available to students who have a Bachelor's degree in any area. A student’s advanced standing is assessed at the time of application, taking into account higher level of study and/or professional experience. Up to 12 points of advanced standing is available to students with: • A Bachelor degree in Criminology or a Bachelor degree with a major in Criminology; or • A Bachelor degree in an unrelated discipline and a Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Criminology or cognate discipline; or • An Honours degree or equivalent in an unrelated discipline; or • A Bachelor degree in an unrelated discipline and two years of relevant documented professional experience Up to 24 points of advanced standing is available to students with: • An Honours degree or equivalent in Criminology; or • A Graduate Diploma in Criminology

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai  and Singapore campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai  and Singapore campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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Fees and scholarships

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Make the most of your university experience by reducing the financial costs with a scholarship.

Whether you’re a high achiever or have experienced hardship, we offer a wide range of scholarships and awards to students from all walks of life. Explore our scholarships to find the ones you could be eligible for as a new Murdoch student as well as what's available throughout your degree.

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How much will it cost?

Instead of paying an overall course fee, you pay for the individual units you enrol in. The total course cost will vary depending on the units you choose.

Following your successful application, you’ll receive a Letter of Offer which will contain specific course and fee information.

If you are applying for an undergraduate course, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Postgraduate programs are full fee paying, unless indicated otherwise in your Letter of Offer.

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Course fees vary depending on the level of study and the year of commencement. Use our Fee Calculator to estimate the cost of your course.

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Scholarships

Make the most of your university experience by reducing the financial costs with a scholarship. Our International Welcome Scholarship offers eligible students between $8,000 and $11,000, depending on the course you study.

The Australian Government also offers scholarships to students from developing countries through the Australia Awards Scholarship program.

Explore our scholarships and find out if you’re eligible to apply.

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Your Document Checklist

Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Completed official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion
  • A recent Curriculum Vitae

Your Document Checklist

Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have some or all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Complete or incomplete official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion – both original and English translated versions
  • English Language Proficiency Document (if available)
  • A copy of your passport (if available)
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All fees are indicative and are provided as a guide only. The actual fees will depend on the individual units you enrol in. You should refer to your Letter of Offer for specific course and fee related information.

The first-year indicative fee is based on a typical full-time enrolment at Murdoch University of 24 credit points.

For domestic students, including Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens, the indicative fee is based on the applicable Commonwealth Supported fee.

Indicative fees for international students are based on applicable full fee paying rates.

The estimated, indicative fee covers tuition fees only, and certain additional fees and charges may apply, depending on the course and units you choose. It also does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries for which you may be eligible.

The estimated, indicative fee assumes no fee increases or indexation. Over time, fee increases or indexation may occur and will affect the estimate. If you are a full fee paying student, this may occur at the start of your second and each subsequent year of study. In the case of Commonwealth Supported students, this will occur for each new calendar year in line with Government policy.

All fee estimates are provided in Australian dollars.