Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMCrim
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) Web address:


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.
  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This course offers students an opportunity to pursue an advanced coursework program in criminal justice. It provides an overview of local, national and international issues in criminal justice and engages students in criminal justice research. The program examines issues such as criminal justice practice and reform, policing, security and risk management, managing criminal justice, crime prevention and criminal behaviours and enterprises. It places criminal justice issues in historical and contemporary social and political contexts. Students also have the opportunity to pursue independent criminal justice research.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical understanding of key issues in criminal justice practice and reform at the state, national and international level
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of policing, security and risk management matters at the state, national and international level
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of historical and contemporary criminal justice issues at the state, federal and international level
  • undertake independent criminal justice research
  • communicate clearly and persuasively.


This course consists of two core units, level-four electives to the value of 24 points, and 24 points or electives at level five. All units are worth 12 points unless indicated.


Students must complete two level-four core units:

  • APG4417 Policing, security and risk management
  • APG4264/APG5264 Criminal behaviours and enterprises: Individuals, groups and organisations

plus 24 points of elective units at level four and 24 points of elective units at level five from the following:*

  • APG4416 Crime prevention: A global perspective
  • APG4667/APG5667 Fringe politics and extremist violence: An introduction to terrorism
  • APG4762 Management and leadership in human services
  • APG5736 Criminal justice research project (9,000 words)
  • APG5738 Criminal justice dissertation (18,000 words - 24 points), or APG5739 Criminal justice dissertation - Part 1 and APG5740 Criminal justice dissertation - Part 2**
  • APG5741 Supervised reading in criminal justice and criminology

* Students cannot complete the same unit at both levels four and five, e.g. APG4395/APG5395.

** Students will need to have attained both a distinction average in their previous 48 points of study in this course and permission from the course coordinator before they can enrol in any of these units.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may apply to exit after successful completion of:

  • 24 points with a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • 48 points with a Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice and Criminology.


Master of Criminal Justice and Criminology