BCJ Index - School of Law - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Bachelor of Criminal Justice

The University of Canterbury (UC) is offering a unique undergraduate degree in criminal justice, the Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ), which is the first of its kind in New Zealand.
The  three-year degree combines multi-disciplinary academic study with a strong vocational focus, providing students with expertise relevant to careers in areas such as law enforcement, corrections, offender rehabilitation, working with young offenders, criminal law, security and border control.

The new degree will provide students with the first and only comprehensive grounding in the New Zealand criminal justice system.

Never before has there been a vocational degree like it offered at a New Zealand university. The BCJ is a dynamic multi-disciplinary degree that will be of huge benefit to anyone who wants to work or is working in the vast array of vocations associated with criminal justice.

Students undertaking the BCJ will receive a solid grounding in New Zealand’s criminal justice system and its processes, including governance, enforcement, rehabilitation and improvement. Students will learn from UC experts in the fields of criminology, sociology, developmental and abnormal psychology, criminal law and procedure, human services and policing.

The degree does not require students to have a background in any specific subject at school and is open to all students with entry to university. There is also the potential for people to study towards a BCJ while employed in this area, which will help build professional competencies and skills while on the job.

Graduates with this degree will have an edge over others in the crime and justice job markets, which are areas of growing national need and international specialisation.

Director of the Bachelor of Criminal Justice Programme - Dr Heather Wolffram

Degree Stucture and Regulations

Criminal Justice Resources

Criminal Justice Careers

A degree in Criminal Justice can lead to a wide range of careers. You may download a Criminal Justice careers brochure from here.