Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation (Advanced)

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

MCJR (Advanced) students proceed to this degree from successfully completing the first part of the MCJR. The research thesis at the core of the MCJR (Advanced) is an opportunity to carry out an extended piece of independent, supervised research that has salience for your professional career, or that can be a pathway to the RegNet PhD.

MCJR (Advanced) 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 organizations in the Australia, the Asia Pacific region and globally.

Why choose this degree?

The operational challenges for policing, justice, regulatory and security agencies in Australia and the broader Asia Pacific are increasing in our mobile and technologically networked world.

New and existing anti-social behaviours, illicit activities, cyber threats and criminal and terrorist organizations create risks to personal and national security, as well as to our well-being, social cohesion, economic prosperity, health and environmental sustainability.

Professionals who work in crime control, justice, policing, regulation and development need to better understand the technologies, cultures and physical geographies that enable new forms of crime and risk, and the physical and virtual worlds through which these are distributed. They also need to be aware of the theoretical and practical tools and approaches to combat such threats, and the evidence base that supports them.


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).

Hear about the program from the course leaders in this short video

The Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation (Advanced) 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 organizations 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.

The Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation (Advanced) comprises coursework and a research project, and gives students an opportunity to research in depth topics such as personal crime; corporate, serious and organized crime; financial crime and money laundering; corruption; cyber-security and cybercrime; the internet of things; environmental crime; and transnational and terrorist crime. It is particularly relevant to those who wish to benefit from the research strengths of ANU.

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 three mandatory courses, and then a choice of electives and professional internship courses.

Mandatory (18 units/ 3 courses):

  • CRIM8001: Theories of Crime and Justice
  • REGN8001: Methods in Crime, Justice and Regulation
  • REGN8052: Regulation and Governance

Choice of 6 units (1 course) from:

  • REGN8002: Governance and Social Theory
  • REGN8007: Violence in the Contemporary World

Further elective options include:

  • CRIM8002: Cyber-security and Cybercrime
  • CRIM8003: Transnational and Organised Crime
  • CRIM8004: White Collar Crime: Fraud, Money Laundering and Corruption
  • REGN8004: International Criminal Justice
  • REGN8005: Evidence-based restorative justice
  • REGN8009: Criminology, Justice and Regulation Research Topic
  • REGN8010: Masterclass in Criminology, Justice and Regulation
  • REGN8011: Reforming Law and Justice in Asia and the Pacific

More information on electives is available via ANU Programs and Courses

This degree is available as part of the Flexible Vertical Double Degree (FVDD) pathway at ANU.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent is required, with a minimum GPA 6/7.

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Cognate disciplines

Anthropology, Criminology, Development Studies, International Relations, Law, Political Science, Policy Studies, Psychology, Security Studies, Sociology.

Domestic applications

You will need to submit your application through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applications generally take between 4-6 weeks to assess.

All offers made through UAC and are released on a rolling basis. You can access your offers and correspondence by logging into your UAC account. UAC will send you an email to let you know if you need to check for offers and correspondence. It is important that you provide an email address that you check regularly and you can easily access.

Key dates:

  • 15 February 2019: closing date for applications and acceptance deadline for Semester 1, 2019

  • 12 July 2019: closing date for applications and acceptance deadline for Semester 2, 2019

International applications

You will need to submit your application directly to the ANU. Navigate to the program in the Program & Courses website, then click the ‘Apply’ button to access the application portal.

Applications to the University are assessed on an ongoing basis. The ANU will contact you about the result of your application as soon as possible. Applications usually take between 4 - 6 weeks to assess.

All offers are issued to your email address so it is important that you provide an email address in your application that you check regularly and you can easily access.

Key dates:

  • 31 May 2019: application deadline for international students, Semester 2, 2019

  • 30 June 2019: acceptance deadline for offshore international students, Semester 2, 2019

  • 10 July 2019: acceptance deadline for onshore international students, Semester 2, 2019

Please email if you are planning to apply as an international student.

Fees and scholarships

Annual indicative fee for international students: $42,480.00

  • 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 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 my housing options in Canberra?

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

  • 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. There are three childcare services on university campus:

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