Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation

Welcome to the Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation (MCJRE) – a unique Masters degree by coursework that applies regulation and governance insights to combat criminal threats to economic well-being, social equity and cohesion, environmental sustainability and national security.

MCJRE students participate in an education program based at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) that draws on all of the strengths of the Australian National University. It is distinguished by its interdisciplinary outlook, Asia-Pacific orientation, stimulating curriculum, master classes with distinguished practitioners, internships, global networks and multiple career pathways.

Whether your background is in anthropology, criminology, development studies, history, international relations, law, political science, psychology, public health, sociology or another social science, this degree gives you the critical theory, research and communications skills you need to solve complex problems faced by legal, justice and development organisations in the Australia, the Asia Pacific region and globally.

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Why choose this degree?

From street violence and petty offending to organised crime and white-collar crime, from understanding the social context of violence to reforming justice systems in post-conflict settings, the Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation is a truly unique degree that equips graduates with a refined understanding of problems faced by legal, justice, and development organisations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Delivered by RegNet, the renowned ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance, it applies interdisciplinary regulatory insights to modern dilemmas about criminology, justice and regulation. Repressive strategies impose a price—usually the threat of punishment—on offending. Growing prison populations and prison over-crowding are consequences of relying on such policies. The RegNet Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation takes a more comprehensive approach, moving away from placing repressive strategies as the centrepiece of justice policy and instead exploring inclusionary strategies like restorative justice.

Students benefit from multi-disciplinary learning in small groups led by academics and practitioners specialising in international and comparative research across a range of issues including legal institutional reform, security and surveillance, restorative justice, and violence against women.


Students will be taught by an unparalleled group of researchers and practitioners with specialist knowledge of crime, justice and regulation in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East.

Master classes will be conducted by internationally renowned experts and practitioners from leading employers of skilled policy professionals in criminology, justice and regulation (including the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade).

The Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation is designed to lead into careers in regulatory policy and the management of illegal activity in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region in organisations such as:

  • Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department

  • Australian Federal Police

  • State justice departments

  • Policy units in government

  • State policing and corrections

  • NGOs delivering law and justice reforms in development

  • International organizations tasked with peacekeeping and peacebuilding

Internship opportunities

Students will have the opportunity to undertake professional internships in partner organisations in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and internationally that are tasked with regulatory oversight of crime, compliance and illegal activity.


Students will gain a deep knowledge of the key theoretical debates in criminology, restorative justice, governance and regulation and how these apply to the practical challenges combatting crime and regulating illegal activity in Australia, within Asia and the Pacific, transnationally and globally.

Students will receive training in quantitative and qualitative research techniques and data analysis customised for professional, evidence-based approaches to crime, governance and regulatory policy.

Students have the flexibility to choose from a wide range of courses, both within RegNet and across campus. The degree is structured so that students take a choice of introductory courses, a set of four mandatory courses, and then a choice of electives and professional internship courses.

Introductory (minimum 12 units/ 2 courses):

Choose from an extensive list of course available online:

Programs and Courses

Mandatory (24 units/ 4 courses):

REGN8001: Methods in Interdisciplinary Research

REGN8005: Restorative Justice in the World

REGN8013: Criminology

REGN8052: Regulation and Governance

Minimum of 6 units (1 course) from:

REGN8002: Governance and Social Theory

REGN8007: Violence Against Women in Australia, Asia and the Pacific

REGN8011: Reforming Law and Justice in Asia and the Pacific

Further elective options include courses from the following Thematic Areas:

• Regulatory Theory and Practice

• Conflict, Development and Governance

• Security and Terror

• Data Analysis and Methods

• Negotiation Skills

• Experiential Courses, including digital disruption, leadership and influence, mobilising research and Internship opportunities.

More information on electives is available via:
ANU Programs and Courses

  • Can I study part time?

    Yes, you can opt to study on a part-time basis when submitting your application.

    You can also opt to reduce your enrolment from full-time to part-time once you commence studying.

  • Do I need a visa to study at the ANU?

    International students are required to have a valid visa at all times. Applying for a visa can be a long process, so please take a look at the information on visas on the ANU website as early as possible.

  • Do I need overseas health cover?

    Yes, all international students are required to purchase overseas health cover (OSHC) in order to obtain a visa. Price of OSHC can vary greatly by providers, so it is worth doing your homework to find the cover that suits you. Compare OSHC benefits and costs at OSHC Australia.

  • What are my housing options in Canberra?

    Please see the Housing Online website (a free service to help ANU staff and students find rental accommodation)

  • What is the cost of living like in Canberra?

    The cost of living in Canberra is quite high relative to other cities in many other countries. There is information on cost of living available on the ANU website which will give you an idea of the cost of everyday items, and housing rental costs in particular.

  • What are the childcare options close to ANU?

    There are a number of childcare providers on university campus. However, due to the high demand in Canberra and particularly at the university childcare centres, if you need childcare during your studies it is best to put your child on a wait list as soon as possible. For more information visit Childcare services on university campus.

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet