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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Program code: 40270

Study Criminology

If you’re interested in how individuals and societies are regulated, social responses to crime, and preventing crime, the Bachelor of Criminology is for you.

This program draws on Criminology, Psychology and Legal Studies to give you an in-depth understanding of crime, with a strong focus on social justice.

This is a practical, hands-on degree that will qualify you to work in criminal justice and allied fields, including careers in law enforcement, courts and corrections, policy, victim’s advocacy, human welfare and more.

Why study with us?

  • Hands-on learning – with placement built into the degree to ensure that you gain professional experience related to your career aspirations
  • Strong job growth: the job market for related professions in Criminology is projected to grow 10.9% in the five years to May 2024
  • Graduate work-ready with experts guiding you through the program, including well-regarded academic staff, guest lecturers, and opportunities to engage with industry partners
  • Options to specialise in Legal Studies or Psychology with two majors built into the program
  • Develop in-demand skills transferrable across industries, like advanced understanding of social research techniques, high-level communication and problem-solving, socio-cultural awareness, and teamwork.

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What you will study

The Bachelor of Criminology is a practical program that will provide you with the knowledge and skill set to work in criminal justice and allied fields. You will develop a foundational knowledge of Criminology through core courses that will introduce you to all aspects of crime, including criminal justice, victimology, power relationships between institutions of the state and citizens, and criminal psychology, as well as placement courses to gain practical experience.


Within the program, you have the option to take a major area of study, or support your core courses with electives that interest you. The two majors on offer are Legal Studies and Psychology, which will provide you with the opportunity to explore criminology from a different perspective and deepen your knowledge of human behaviour or the legal system as it relates to crime.

Advanced study options

If you are interested in studying a combined Bachelor of Criminology / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree you can graduate with two degrees in just five years of full-time study.

If you are interested in studying a combined Bachelor of Criminology / Bachelor of Psychological Science degree you can graduate with two degrees in just fours years of full-time study.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Criminology will offer a clear and attractive degree pathway for students looking to move into careers such as:

  • law enforcement
  • courts and corrections
  • policy
  • victims’ advocacy
  • human welfare, and more.

Practical experience

Practical experience

Practical learning is embedded into every stage of the Bachelor of Criminology, from case studies in class to guest lectures and work placements.

All students will undertake a core placement course in their third year with a host relevant to their career aspirations. For students wishing to get additional experience in a workplace, there is an extension course that will provide you with more placement hours, and the opportunity to gain experience in more than one career pathway.