Specialist Certificate in Criminology (Forensic Disability)

Course GC-CRIMFD (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 25 credit points taken over 6 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Dr Frank Lambrick


School of Melbourne Custom Programs

Currently enrolled and future students:

Course Overview:

This course will incorporate two existing 12.5 point Masters level subjects.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • develop an advanced understanding of the psychology of offending behaviour and the criminal justice system;
  • develop their knowledge of the appropriate professional skills to be utilised with different types of offenders and in diverse forensic contexts;
  • emerge with an advanced understanding of relevant cultural, legal, policy and political issues;
  • have confidence in their capacity to undertake PhD and other advanced research.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

The course is based on a points structure with students required to accumulate 25 points in order to receive the award. The subject for the Specialist Certificate is offered at Masters level.

Subject Options:

Core Subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Entry Requirements:

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
• either
– an undergraduate degree in medicine, an allied health profession, science or social science, and two years of documented relevant work experience, or
– at least five years of documented relevant professional work experience which demonstrates the capacity to undertake the course successfully.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking and/or assessing applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
• prior academic qualification and performance; and/or
• the professional experience.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability

Further Study:

Applicants who meet the entry requirements for the following MCRIM programs, who have successfully completed the Specialist Certificate in Criminology (Forensic Disability) or the Specialist Certificate in Criminology (Sexual Offender Management), will be eligible for:

- Advanced Standing of 25 points upon entry into the 200 point program
- Advanced Standing of 25 points upon entry into the 150 point program
- Advanced Standing of 25 points upon entry into the 100 point program

Graduate Attributes: None
Professional Accreditation:


Generic Skills:


Links to further information: http://www.commercial.unimelb.edu.au/forensicdisability/

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