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Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    5 years full-time; up to 12 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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About this course

The Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws from the University of New England (UNE) is a double degree designed to give students a rewarding career in the law or criminal justice fields.

This is a unique qualification that gives students the potential to take an interdisciplinary approach in both areas of study, and in future employment.

Graduates from this course will be legal practitioners equipped with a well-developed understanding of Australian and international law and the principles of criminology, including such areas as forensic science, the criminal process and the sociology of deviance.

While the Bachelor of Laws is a nationally recognised qualification, graduates choosing to work as a solicitor, barrister or legal practitioner will need to complete a further year of professional legal training (PLT) before being admitted to practice.

This course is delivered online as well as on campus, giving students the option to gain a valuable double degree with a flexible off campus study schedule.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws, you could still be eligible to receive a qualification. Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with a Bachelor of Criminology or an Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed Australian senior secondary studies, with two units of English; OR
  • Completed overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications deemed equivalent to Australian qualifications; OR
  • Completed Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualifications; OR
  • Completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
  • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.




Areas of study

In this criminal law course, the subjects you may study include:

Bachelor of Criminology

Core units:

  • Understanding crime
  • The Australian criminal justice system
  • Deviance
  • Researching crime
  • Criminology and justice systems
  • Fundamentals in forensic science
  • Language and the law

Plus two of the following listed units:

  • Archaeology: principles and practices
  • Engaging with literature
  • Approaches to literature and society
  • Evolution in the fossil record
  • What is history?
  • Modern Australia
  • Working with aboriginal people
  • Introductory psychology I
  • Introductory psychology II
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Foundations of society

And an approved selection of electives from the following:

  • Fraud prevention and investigation
  • Sex, gender, crime
  • Forensic science and criminal justice
  • Working with offenders
  • Social problems: crime problems
  • Victimology
  • Boozers and wowsers: alcohol in Australia
  • Policing and social control
  • Prisons and punishment
  • Crime prevention
  • Forensic criminology
  • Crime in rural communities
  • Transnational and organised crime
  • Reading crime
  • Being bad: sinners, crooks, deviants and psychos
  • Crime, protest and reform in the British world, 1780-1840
  • Convict Australia
  • Aboriginal recovery: issues around family violence
  • Aboriginal recovery: counselling for addictions
  • Juvenile justice and child protection
  • Social policy
  • The sociology of youth and delinquency
  • The state, power and violence
  • Mental health and society
  • Work integrated learning - professional skills development

Bachelor of Laws

Core units:

  • Introduction to legal systems and methods
  • Law in context
  • Criminal law
  • Law of contract 1
  • Constitutional law
  • Law of torts 1
  • Law of torts 2
  • Corporation law
  • Law of contract 2
  • Property law 1
  • Property law 2
  • Criminal and civil procedure
  • Evidence and proof
  • Professional conduct
  • Equity and trusts
  • Administrative law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Advanced research, writing and advocacy

And an approved selection of units from the following:

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Indigenous Australians and law
  • Sports law
  • Interviewing for advocacy
  • Succession
  • Advanced criminal law
  • Criminal process, sentencing and punishment
  • Conveyancing
  • Intellectual property law
  • Human rights
  • Industrial law
  • Banking and finance law
  • Local government law
  • Introduction to environmental law
  • Medico-legal issues
  • Taxation law
  • Natural resources law
  • Advanced torts
  • Conflict of laws
  • Public international law
  • Family law
  • Competition and Australian consumer law
  • Information technology law
  • Commercial law
  • Legal practice in rural and regional communities
  • International arbitration
  • Special studies in law (A)
  • Special studies in law (B)
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws from the University of New England.

This professional qualification allows you to practice law in Australia and to gain employment in the criminal justice system . Your employment opportunities include working across the public and private sectors and in the criminal justice sector including policing, corrections, justice, security and crime prevention.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning



Curious about where a career in criminology could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Criminologist
  • Lawyer
  • Crime Investigator
  • Judge

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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