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Bachelor of Criminology

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

  • Location:


  • Career Outcomes:

    Sociologist | Youth Worker | Criminologist | Federal Police Officer | View all

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About this course

This online Bachelor of Criminology course offered by the University of New England (UNE) is a fascinating interdisciplinary degree that provides the knowledge and practical skills you'll require to pursue a career within the criminal justice system or related sectors.

Drawing on science, history, the law and sociology, this degree course will develop your understanding of crime and criminality in both a local and international context. You'll learn about the institutions of the criminal justice system and the policies and events that shape it.

Practical industry experience

In this degree, you can elect to complete the Work Ready Unit to help you graduate with a strong mix of practical experience to complement your learning.

Honours program

This course allows you to undertake an optional Honours year for students who would like to extend the depth and breadth of their undergraduate studies. Completing Honours studies helps improve your problem-solving and research skills, and demonstrates a more wide-ranging understanding of your chosen discipline to prospective employers.

High-achieving students with a GPA that meets the eligibility criteria for this course may be able to complete an additional one-year degree program, and graduate with a XXX with Honours.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Bachelor of Criminology, you could still be eligible to receive an undergraduate qualification.

Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with the Diploma in Arts.


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

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
  • Have completed, or part-completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
  • Have 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.

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English.

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

Areas of study

In this criminology course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

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

Listed units:

  • Archaeology: principles and practices
  • Engaging with literature
  • Approaches to literature and society
  • Evolution in the fossil record
  • What is history?
  • Modern Australia
  • Introduction to legal systems and methods
  • Criminal law
  • Introduction to psychology (I, II)
  • Working with Aboriginal people
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Foundations of society
  • 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
  • Electives selected from any unit offered by UNE
University of New England 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.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • New South Wales: Armidale

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

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

This degree opens up a variety of career opportunities in the following sectors and organisations:

Policy advice and development; Policing and corrections; Crime prevention; Juvenile justice and child welfare; Security; Crime intelligence services; Drug and law support services; Environmental and industry regulation; Border control; Correctional facilities; Crime prevention agencies; Government and policy agencies; Police service and Welfare

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:

How Much Will It Cost?

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 $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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