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Bachelor of Arts - Criminology and Criminal Justice

New Zealand

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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Arts prepares you for a huge range of careers, and you can build your degree in a way that suits you – study a single or a double major, select from a wide range of minors or add elective papers from another area of study. Throughout your Bachelor of Arts you’ll develop effective communication, critical thinking and analysis skills, as well as the ability to research and present professionally. These skills are key to any professional role.

Criminology is the study of crime and its effects on victims and society, and the workings of the criminal justice system including the police, courts and prisons. Criminology is a great choice if you want a career in an organisation associated with the criminal justice system.

In the Criminology major you develop a sound understanding of criminology in national and international contexts. You explore crime and policing in New Zealand and overseas, approaches to crime prevention and punishment, restorative justice and critical issues facing the criminal justice system. Throughout the major, you develop problem-solving skills related to criminology and criminal justice.
Key features:

  • Explores crime and its effects
  • Workplace experience in an organisation related to criminology or criminal justice
  • Strong links with: NZ Police, Community Probation, Mason Clinic, Rethinking Crime and Punishment, and local councils
  • A great choice if you want a career in an organisation associated with the criminal justice system

Career opportunities:

  • Department of Corrections
  • Local authorities
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • National and international human rights organisations
  • New Zealand Customs
  • New Zealand Police
  • Non-governmental community groups

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Culture and Society

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$31,000.00 (US$ 19,582) per year
Fees are subject to change year to year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 February 2023, 17 July 2023

Venue

Auckland University of Technology

AUT City Campus,

55 Wellesley Street East,

AUCKLAND,

Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have three A-levels including at least one C grade or better. A result in general studies cannot be included among the 3 on which the application is based. English Language Requirements: IELTS score 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; TOEFL iBT score 80; Minimum overall score of 52 in CAE prior to 2015 or a score of 169 in CAE from 2015; or a score of 50 in Pearson (PTE); or B/B+ in Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS); or grade B in GIE.

For international students

All applicants need to meet AUT’s minimum entry requirements qualification equivalent to New Zealand year 13 or University Entrance.

Useful New Zealand school subjects

All subjects are useful, in particular Art History, Classical Studies, English, Geography, History, Media Studies and other languages.

English Language Requirements:

Minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 80; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with B/B+ grade; GIE with B grade; CAE minimum overall score of 169; PTE minimum overall score of 50.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Taylors College Auckland
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About Auckland University of Technology

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  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world
  • Ranked 1st in New Zealand for its international outlook
  • AUT has over 60 research institutes and centres
  • A network of 100,000+ alumni across 80 different countries

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