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Broaden your knowledge base in an important field

Gain a critical understanding of criminology and learn from some of Australia’s leading criminologists.

What is criminology?

Designed for anyone with an interest in crime, punishment and criminal justice, our criminology program addresses contemporary questions about crime and control within theoretical and policy contexts, exploring crime in modern Australia and comparing it with a wide range of local and global community concerns. The course of study is particularly relevant if you have a background in social sciences, research or social policy.

The program recognises the importance of research, policy and applied learning, and is useful if you work with public and private criminal justice and social welfare agencies with a focus on psychology and psychiatry, public policy, social research and legal practice.

Postgraduate study in criminology is suitable for legal professionals such as solicitors, barristers, magistrates and judges as well as non-legal professionals such as police officers, correction officers, forensic experts, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, probabion and parole officers, youth workers and policy officers.

Why study criminology with us?

  • Choose from the specialist Master of Criminology course or our flagship Master of Laws (LLM) and benefit from the long history of criminology teaching at the University of Sydney.
  • Experience the expertise of our prominent and dedicated Sydney Institute of Criminology.
  • Join Australia’s largest and most specialised coursework programs in law, with 80 percent of units offered on an intensive basis.
  • Explore the latest developments within the practice and profession of law. Domestic practitioners and international visitors teach 60 percent of the program.
  • Acquire a postgraduate qualification from one of the world’s foremost law schools – ranked 13th in the world in the discipline of law by the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017.
  • Credit your units towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Who will you learn from?

Professor Thomas Crofts

Professor Thomas Crofts

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Dr Garner Clancey

Dr Garner Clancey

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Amanda Rutherford

Amanda Rutherford
Master of Criminology (MCrim)
"I enrolled in a Master of Criminology and did an internship towards the end of my study. This provided me with an invaluable opportunity to see how crime prevention strategies were implemented in real-life situations, bringing to life a lot of the theory I was studying at the time. This degree was part of a career change and it allowed me to network and ultimately get a great job in my chosen field."
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