Deakin University

Master of Criminology

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00113B

Studying the Master of Criminology will challenge you to think laterally about emerging discourses in power, harm and justice. You'll develop a deeper understanding of how we can approach criminal behaviour, crime policy and prevention as a society.Deakin's postgraduate criminology courses are designed with input from a variety of industry partners and relevant stakeholders including police, policy and regulatory agencies, so you can be confident that the skills you develop studying Deakin's Master of Criminology will be relevant to your future or existing career.You'll push the boundaries of the way we currently look at justice and creatively examine three key areas of ongoing and emerging criminological concern: the state, the digital and the environment. Get ready to engage and debate pressing issues of local, national and global concern.To understand the balance of state and private control, you'll dissect how corporations have become embedded in the development and delivery of security, prevention and other traditionally state-run criminal justice roles.The cyber world and the rise of robotics, artificial intelligence and new technologies within online and virtual platforms have created immense opportunities for criminal enterprises and challenges for regulatory authorities. You'll critically examine the ways in which digital technologies are shaping offender and victim relationships, while posing challenges for authorities in the fields of detection, prevention and prosecution.You will explore the importance of security and sustainable development of the natural environment in the context of local, national and global governance and how damage and threats to the natural environment create complex challenges.


8 credit points of study comprising 4 credit points of core units, plus 1 research option totalling a further 4 credit points


  • Cyber Crime and Digital Surveillance
  • Environmental Crime and Regulation
  • Populism and Policing Futures
  • Research Design
  • Environmental Offenders and Victims
  • Human Rights in World Politics
  • Governance and Fraud
  • Computer Networks and Security
  • The Carceral Society and Prison Futures

Standard entry requirements

  • Bachelor honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline
  • OR Bachelor degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience
  • OR Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline
  • OR Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Cloud(online) No
  • Part-time : 2 years
  • Online/Off-campus : 1 year

Fee comments

Campuses: Cloud(online).

Course fee shown is indicative and actual fees may vary.

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