Crime Science

Crime Science is a multi-disciplinary, evidence-based problem-solving field that focuses on understanding the drivers of crime, to provide tools and information that will reduce victimisation and increase the safety and quality of life for New Zealanders.
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Why study Crime Science?

Students will develop specialist knowledge in security and crime topics, and transferrable skills such as the ability to think like scientists, critically analyse theories and research, and identify and solve practical problems using a scientific approach.

Students will gain knowledge of various types of data analysis, and of ethical, legal, human rights and civil liberties issues.

Students will understand the relevance of the Treaty of Waitangi in addressing crime in New Zealand, and will be able to apply what they have learned across security, law enforcement and criminal justice organisations.

Employment prospects include police, security agencies, the private sector (e.g. fraud and cybersecurity specialisms) and throughout the criminal justice system.

Crime Science can be studied as a minor in any undergraduate degree at The University of Waikato.

Career Opportunities

  • Crime Prevention
  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Crime Analyst
  • Policy Analyst
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Government Researcher
  • Data Scientist
  • Cybersecurity Professional

Crime Science can only be studied as a minor subject. This can be taken in many of our undergraduate degrees at the University of Waikato, alongside your selected Major.

Study in Tauranga

Tauranga students can study via the online options.

Subject requirements

To complete a minor in Crime Science, students must complete 60 points, including CRSCI101 and CRSCI201, with 30 points from the other papers listed for Crime Science (of which, 15 points need to be above 100-level).

For more information about subject requirements please refer to the Catalogue of Papers for the most up to date information.

Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Crime Science papers


If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone:

Lisa Thomson

at New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science (NZISCS)