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Overview

Gain a critical understanding of criminology through a broad selection of interdisciplinary units delivered by some of Australia's leading criminologists. Designed for anyone with an interest in crime, punishment and criminal justice, the Criminology program addresses contemporary questions about crime and control within theoretical and policy contexts.

Scholarships

The John O’Brien Scholarship is available for high achieving students in the Master of Criminology. To find out more visit our Scholarships website.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

As many units of study are taught intensively, admission and enrolment in individual units may be possible year round. 

Closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - not available to international students

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

What you'll study

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Criminology complete 24 credit points, which is equivalent to 4 units of study. There is one compulsory unit of study, Explaining Crime. The remaining units of study can be selected from a wide range of electives.

Refer to the University of Sydney Law School Handbook for further details regarding the award requirements.

Visit the Sydney Law School website for the most up-to-date postgraduate unit of study timetable

View unit of study descriptions using the link below. 

Units of Study

Admission requirement

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria. Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Criminology requires a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney; or an equivalent qualification.

Course opportunities

If you are not ready to commit to undertaking the Master of Criminology but have an interest in studying our coursework units, you can start with a Graduate Diploma in Criminology (GradDipCrim), which consists of four units of study. On successful completion, you may apply for transfer to the master’s degree, which requires a further four units of study.

Career Pathways

Criminology draws on many disciplines and has many applications. People who have studied criminology work in a number of areas and for a host of organisations. While it would be rare to see a job advertisement for a criminologist, you will find criminologists hard at work in the following places: Criminal justice agencies; Non-criminal justice state agencies; Government policy and politics; Border protection and intelligence agencies; Local government; Research institutions; Non-government organisations (NGOs); Consumer groups and advocacy organisations; Private companies; Universities.

Future study

You may wish to continue to the Master of Criminology which requires a further four units of study.

Domestic students

International students

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.