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Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation

A single 1.5 year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Criminology
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Criminology

Program Requirements

The Masters of Criminology, Justice and Regulation requires completion of 72 units.

Minimum of 12 units from completion of Introductory Criminology, Justice and Regulation courses:

CRIM6001 Professional perspectives on crime and prevention

CRIM6002 Organised Crime: Understanding a Global Phenomenon

CRIM6003 Controversies in Crime Control 

CRIM6006 Young People and Crime: Developmental Criminology and its Discontents

CRIM6009 Corruption in our world

CRIM6010 Cybercrime: An Introduction

HIST6232 Crime and Justice: Historical Dilemmas

SOCY6064 Surveillance and Society

24 units from completion of the following Compulsory courses:

REGN8001 Methods in Interdisciplinary Research

REGN8005 Restorative Justice in the World

REGN8013 Criminology

REGN8052 Regulation and Governance

A minimum of 6 units from completion of the following list on Criminology, Justice and Regulation courses:

REGN8002 Governance and Social Theory

REGN8007 Violence Against Women in Australia, Asia and the Pacific

REGN8011 Reforming Law and Justice in Asia and the Pacific


A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from any of the following lists of Thematic courses:

Regulatory Theory and Practice

LAWS8033 Prisons, Prisoners and the Law

LAWS8587 Legal Framework for Regulation

LAWS8034 Law and Regulation

REGN8010 Masterclass in Criminology, Justice Regulation

REGN8012 Special Topics in Criminology, Justice and Regulation


Conflict, Development and Governance

LAWS8566 International Criminal Law

POGO8072 Development Theories and Themes

POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption


Security and Terror

MEAS8102 Islamic Radicalism

MEAS8111 Islam, the West and International Terrorism

NSPO8007 National Security: Concepts and Challenges

NSPO8017 Malicious Networks: Transnational Terrorism and Crime

NSPO8021 Statecraft and National Security in Cyberspace

STST8021 Intelligence and Security

STST8027 Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in an Age of Terror

POLS8027 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism


Data Analysis and Methods

SOCR8001 Statistics for Social Scientists

SOCR8002 Survey Data Analysis

SOCR8004 Special Topics in Social Research

SOCR8006 Online Research Methods

SOCR8008 Qualitative Social Research

SOCR8009 Quantitative Social Research


Negotiation Skills

DIPL8044 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

LAWS8323 Strategic Negotiation Skills

A maximum of 24 units from completion of a research project or thesis:

REGN8008 Thesis (24 units)

REGN8009 Criminology, Justice and Regulation Research Topic (6 units)


A maximum of 6 units from completion of Experiential courses:

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)

CRWF7001 Editor’s practicum: online public engagement, academic blogging and digital disruption

VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity

VCPG6002 Mobilising Research

VCPG6003 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World

VCPG6004 Creating Impact

VCPG8001 Dealing with Wicked Problems

VCPG8002 Ignorance!

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.

Cognate Disciplines

Anthropology, Criminology, Development Studies, International Relations, Law, Political Science, Policy Studies, Psychology, Security Studies, Sociology

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.

Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.

However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes.

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Application for course credits

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree, Bachelor degree with Honours, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The operational challenges for policing, justice, regulatory and security agencies in Australia and the broader Asia Pacific are increasing in our mobile and technologically networked world. This unique Masters degree by coursework applies regulation and governance insights to combat criminal threats to economic well-being, social equity and cohesion, environmental sustainability and national security. The program is distinguished by its interdisciplinary outlook, Asia-Pacific orientation, stimulating curriculum, master classes with distinguished practitioners, internships, global networks and multiple career pathways. It is designed to lead into careers in regulatory policy and the management of illegal activity in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region in organisations such as: state justice departments; policy units in government; state policing and corrections; NGOs delivering law and justice reforms in development; international organisations tasked with peacekeeping and peacebuilding.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications until second semester, 2020

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2020

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the causes and consequences of deviance at the micro and macro levels.

  2. Gain a deep knowledge of the key theoretical debates in criminology, restorative justice, governance and regulation.

  3. Apply the above theories to the practical challenges combating crime and regulating illegal activity in Australia, within Asia and the Pacific, transnationally and globally.

  4. Gain quantitative and qualitative research techniques and data analysis customised for professional, evidence-based approaches to crime, governance and regulatory policy.

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