Bachelor of Criminal Justice in The University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury

Campus: Christchurch

Duration: 3 years

Intake: Feb and July

*Fee:  $25,500 approx

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This degree is quite unique as it is the first degree that blends multidisciplinary academic study with a firm vocational focus.

It takes a look at the criminal justice system and its procedure, including rehabilitation, governance and improvement. The degree takes together UC’s expertise in policing, developmental and psychology, sociology, criminal ‌law and procedure, and human products.

Why study at UC?

  • First degree of this kind in the country
  • Links with industries in the crime and justice fields
  • Best teaching and innovative courses
    Course Structure:

  • It requires 360 points. These include:
  • 15 compulsory courses (comprising either 255 or 270 points)
    First year

    You will take 120 points. All 100-level courses are necessary.

    Second year

    Students take either 75 or 90 necessary 200-level points. The leftover 200-level points, to reach a total of 120 or 135 points for the second year, will be chosen from a list of electives. The remaining 100-level points may be included.

    Third year

    At third year there are 45 points, with a choice of 45 points at 300-level from the list of electives, to reach a total of 90 points. The leftover 30 points at 200-level are from the list of prescribed choices.

    Double degrees

    It is feasible to blend a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree with other degrees such as the Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Science. You can complete a double degree in five years and an LLB plus three-year degree in five-and-a-half years.

    Career Outcomes:

    The graduates have advantage over others in the crime and justice job markets.

    The course will make a career in criminal justice, in roles within the New Zealand Police, Ministry of Justice and Department of Corrections. The course is also relevant to work in many other departments including prisons, probation and parole; criminal justice policy; public and private investigation and security.

    Further study Options:

  • Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Laws
  • Master of Laws
  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Eligibility criteria

    Academic eligibility:

    Student must have completed 10+2.

    English language proficiency score:

    1. IELTS score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5
    2. TOEFL Score of 80
    3. PTE required score is 57

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