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MSCS - Security and Crime Science as a main subject

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There will be no new enrolments into the Master of Security and Crime Science in 2022. An undergraduate minor in Crime Science is available in 2022 see below.

Learn how to manage real-world crime issues and develop analytical and creative methods to improve security in an ever-changing society.

Crime Science uses evidence-based information together with scientific approaches and methods to reduce crime and threats to security.

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Key information

Years: 1.5
Points: 180
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $11,450 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $37,145 (120 pts) or $55,720 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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Prescriptions for the PGDip(SCS) and MSCS[1]

To complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Security and Crime Science (SCS), students will need to complete 120 points at 500 level consisting of the papers prescribed for the 180 point Master of Security and Crime Science (MSCS) with the exception of the 60 point dissertation.

Unless a student is approved to take CRSCI594, the compulsory papers for the MSCS degree are CRSCI501, CRSCI502, IRSST505, MAORI518, PSYCH544 and the 60 point dissertation CRSCI592.

Students enrolled in a 180 point MSCS will take the compulsory papers and another 45 points of papers from those prescribed in the Security and Crime Science Catalogue of Papers subject entry.

Depending on previous study, students who have an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma may be given a waiver on 15 points of the compulsory taught papers required for the MSCS.

[1] The PGDip(SCS) and MSCS will not be offered in 2022.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX502Cryptography15.022B (Hamilton)
An introduction to cryptographic methods.
COMPX518Cyber Security15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the key topics in the important field of cyber security. It will cover various aspects of defensive, offensive and preventative security. Selective topics from a wide range, such as security vulnerabilities, secure software, intrusion detection and prevention, cryptography, applied cryptography, authentication...
COMPX521Machine Learning Algorithms15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper exposes students to selected machine learning algorithms and includes assignments that require the implementation of these algorithms.
COMPX532Information Visualisation15.022A (Online)
This paper aims to provide an awareness of the potential offered by information visualisation techniques, a familiarity with the underlying concepts, and an understanding and ability to effectively design and apply information visualisations in a given context.
CRSCI501Foundations of Security and Crime Science 115.0No occurrences
This paper introduces key theories and analytical techniques that support security and crime responses by police, government departments, and industry.
CRSCI502Foundations of Security and Crime Science 215.0No occurrences
This paper enables the practical application of Security and Crime Science theories within an operational context by police, Government departments, and industry.
CRSCI592Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton)
Students undertake a research dissertation in the subject area of Security and Crime Science.
CRSCI594Security and Crime Science Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
This is a research project in the area of Security and Crime Science. The research work will be written up in a thesis.
GEOGY538Automated Spatial Analysis using Geographic Information Systems15.022X (Block)
Automated GIS, using programming or scripts, are extremely powerful compared to the 'point and click' environment, and are the most practical method for the spatial analysis of large data sets. GIS professionals are expected have the skills to write their own scripts, as well as execute and manipulate existing scripts. In this pape...
GEOGY558Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning15.022A (Hamilton)
GIS is used widely in a range of industries and government agencies, and graduates competent in GIS are sort after for employment. This paper is designed as an introduction to GIS for graduate students and is co-taught with GEOGY328. It covers all aspects of GIS analysis, including remote sensing and model building. ArcGIS Pro is u...
IRSST507Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare15.022B (Online)
This course examines the political, strategic, legal and economic debates around cyber security and cyber warfare. Particular emphasis is placed on how militaries, national security agencies, and law enforcement are adapting to online threats and incorporating cyber in their strategic planning.
PSYCH580The Psychology of Criminal Conduct15.022B (Hamilton)
Over recent years correctional psychology has been developing into a specialised discipline with strong career paths for clinicians and researchers. This paper is designed to introduce individuals to the theory and practice of psychology applied to the analysis, prevention, assessment, and treatment of criminal behaviour.

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Further information about the subject can be found at Te Puna Haumaru New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science