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Key facts

Criminology is the study of crime and our responses to crime. UNE’s Bachelor of Criminology investigates factors that cause criminal behaviour and how crime can be prevented within wider society. The course offers a variety of key topics and issues including policing and punishment, rural crime, victimology and how crimes may be prevented in practice and solved through criminal profiling and forensic science. You will get to hone your skills in critical thinking, problem solving and analysis to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
  • Online
  • On Campus
  • Armidale Campus
Entry requirements
  • Guaranteed ATAR: 72.55
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  • Commonwealth Supported Place
    Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

    An Australian Government subsidised university place. Students eligible for admission to a CSP only pay the student contribution amount for their study.

  • International

    Tuition fees for international students, i.e. those not Australian or New Zealand citizens or residents.

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  • 061318F
UNE Course Code

Course information

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Why study the Bachelor of Criminology with UNE?

The Bachelor of Criminology enables you to specialise in a major and choose a number of core and additional elective units. These units examine criminal law and procedures, policing, punishment, prisons, forensic science, theories of crime, rural crime and juvenile delinquency, among others.

You will have the opportunity to undertake training in research methods, apply theory to practice and investigate geographical differences and inequities within crime and criminal justice in Australia and around the world.

UNE is Australia’s oldest regional university and a pioneer in the delivery of distance education. Students consistently award UNE the maximum 5-star ratings for Overall Experience and Student Support in The Good Universities Guide, so no matter whether you choose to study online or on campus, you are in very good hands.

What makes our course different?

We focus on you being able to integrate your academic knowledge into your real world of work. You will have opportunities to:

  • Learn from leading researchers — UNE is a pioneer in the field of rural crime, and is home to the Centre for Rural Criminology, a world-first hub of collaborative international research, which seeks to understand all aspects of rural crime in order to help build safe and resilient communities.
  • Get hands-on experience within the criminal justice system through our WorkReady program. Additionally, through CRIM312: Professional Practice in Criminology you will have the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge learned throughout your degree by working directly with an industry partner such as the New South Wales Police Force to solve criminological problems.
  • Learn to understand and critically evaluate the various agencies of the criminal justice system and explore possible alternative strategies.
  • Study flexibly — on campus, or completely online at home in your own time.
  • Choose from four different majors, with a range of specialised unit choices.
  • Apply your academic knowledge in a relevant professional setting, and have it count towards your degree, developing your professional skills and improving your employability through our Work Integrated Learning Program.
  • Travel overseas and get credit towards your degree by studying at one of our partner universities.

We’re highly rated — UNE’s humanities and social sciences courses were given the maximum 5-star ratings for Overall Experience, Graduate Salary, Student Support and Teaching Quality in the 2021 Good Universities Guide.


  • Criminal Justice
  • Justice and Indigenous People
  • Justice, Politics and Society
  • Policing and Corrections

Study online

Most of our students choose to study online across three study periods with 24/7 tutor support* and fit study around work and family commitments. Uniquely, our online students are mostly over 30 and bring valuable experience with them. They form a community of adults juggling the same challenges and priorities and who bring their life and work experience together to build real world networks for the future.

Study on campus

Many of our students choose to take advantage of the on-campus lifestyle in Armidale, in the beautiful New England region, with access to unparalleled support, accommodation and sporting facilities. These students are often starting their first degree and have left school recently. Through access to academic and career support they get a fantastic start to their careers.

* 24/7 tutor support includes: essay feedback (within 24 hours); live chat 24/7 for generic feedback on academic writing; and subject-specific help at a foundation or first-year level for subjects including mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, business, accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics. There are also a wide range of workshops, resources and courses available in academic skills support to assist you and help you to succeed.


Admission periodMode/location
Trimester 1On Campus, Armidale Campus
Trimester 1Online
Trimester 2On Campus, Armidale Campus
Trimester 2Online
Trimester 3Online

Entry requirements

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Assumed knowledge is any two units in English.

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Fees and scholarships

How much will it cost?

Estimated fees for your first year of study in this course are:

Fee typeCost
Commonwealth Supported Place$14,000*
*The costs will depend on the units you choose to study as the cost of individual units vary. “Estimated fees” are provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking a study load of 48 credit points in the first year of this course. For courses that require less than 48 credit points the fees indicated are based on the total credit points required for completion of that course. For more information, please see fees and costs.


UNE scholarships are open for all to apply and offer financial help while you are studying. If you are commencing your university studies or if you are already a student at UNE, there are a number of scholarships to help you throughout your studies. There are UNE scholarships for students:

  • with high academic achievement
  • from rural areas
  • studying specific degrees
  • in disadvantaged groups
  • who excel at sport
  • living in a UNE residential college.

UNE scholarship applications are free and confidential. You may apply for more than one scholarship.

Course structure

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 144 credit points with not more than 60 credit points at 100-level and at least 36 credit points at 300-level.

144 credit points

For UNE admitted candidates

48 credit points

Complete the following units:

36 credit points

24 credit points

Complete 24 credit points from the following units with at least 12 credit points at 300-level:

12 credit points

And complete 12 credit points from the following units:

48 credit points

Complete ONE of the following Majors:

48 credit points

Complete 48 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 300-level from the following units:

48 credit points

Complete 48 credit points, with at least 18 credit points at 300-level, from the following units:

48 credit points

Complete 48 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 300-level from the following units:

48 credit points

Complete 48 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 300-level from the following units:

12 credit points

Complete 12 credit points of Elective Units.

Elective Units can be selected from any unit offered by the University subject to candidates meeting overall course requirements and prerequisite and timetabling requirements for individual units.

144 credit points

For OUA admitted candidates

48 credit points

Complete the following units:

48 credit points

24 credit points

Complete 24 credit points from the following units:

24 credit points

And complete 24 credit points from the following units:

48 credit points

Complete ONE of the following Majors:

48 credit points

Complete 48 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 300-level from the following units:

48 credit points

Complete 48 credit points, with at least 18 credit points at 300-level, from the following units:

48 credit points

Complete 48 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 300-level from the following units:

48 credit points

Complete 48 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 300-level from the following units:

See UNE Handbook for more details. The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course plans, intensive schools, and work placement requirements.

Course outcomes

The Bachelor of Criminology is concerned with understanding social constructions of crime and criminality. It provides graduates with a unique opportunity to develop both theoretical and practical skills and an understanding of criminology within a local and international context.
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the causes and consequences of crime, including the role that the media, legal system, geographical distances and social inequalities play in shaping our understanding of crimes;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the major criminological theoretical perspectives that explain both crime and deviance. Critically analyse, consolidate and apply this theoretical understanding to practical criminological scenarios with a deeper understanding of the issues at hand and a wider knowledge base;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of key research skills and methodologies and be able to apply this knowledge in practice to the study of crime and the practical use of criminological research and study within the criminal justice system to apply research methods and practical skills to their theoretical knowledge of the criminal justice system;
  4. demonstrate a critical understanding of the Australian Criminal Justice System and the key institutions within this system, the key local and international political and social changes that have shaped the progression of the Australian Criminal Justice System, in particular, the degree explores how justice is impacted by social inequalities that affect vulnerable and over-represented populations.
  5. demonstrate an ability to understand and critically evaluate criminological literature, including policy and government documents and media articles and to locate, evaluate and apply information from a variety of academic and non-academic sources in an appropriate manner;
  6. examine criminological research drawing on knowledge of disciplines related to criminology, from either sociology, social work, law, psychology or forensic science; and
  7. apply academic writing skills and communicate oral and written findings in an appropriate form and at an appropriate level.
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of criminology, the criminal justice system, theoretical perspectives of crime, changing policy responses to crime control and the way in which crime is presented in media and political discourse. In particular, graduates will demonstrate an awareness of geographical differences in crime and matters of law and order and understand how issues of equity impact upon offenders and victims. This knowledge will be taught in lectures, unit materials and online activities and assessed throughout the degree through a range of different activities. Graduates will demonstrate a general understanding about a variety of criminal justice systems, and the way that they have developed over time in relation to different political and social contexts. Graduates will be assessed on their capacity to understand how international events have impacted on the development of criminal justice organisations, such as policing or prisons.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have developed skills that enable them to investigate, synthesise and communicate the ideas and information acquired from their study. Communication skills including oral communication skills for application to a diverse range of vulnerable people and contexts, online and written communication skills that are appropriate for graduates to use within the workplace will be taught and practised in lectures, tutorials and online activities.

Problem Solving

Graduates will demonstrate their ability to locate, evaluate and apply information from a variety of sources throughout their degree. Graduates will be able to evaluate and interpret information in a useful manner. Graduates will be assessed on their ability to deconstruct assignment tasks and to integrate theory and literature into their work.

Information Literacy

Graduates will demonstrate their ability to identify relevant literature and their ability to critically analyse the literature. They will be taught, and directed to, relevant criminological literature and how to assess its validity.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will be taught about their professional responsibilities as a researcher to provide balanced and accurate research and data. In addition, graduates will be taught that they have a social responsibility to question and challenge some 'facts'.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will develop their intellectual capacity and critical thinking skills through lectures, unit materials, guided reading and online activities. Through completing the assessments, graduates will be provided with the necessary lifelong skills to be able to research, write and discuss social issues. These are transferable and essential lifelong skills.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will be encouraged to learn and work independently, and where appropriate, to work collaboratively. Teamwork is practised in interactive tutorials and/or online discussion whereby students pose questions, communicate ideas and solve problems in cooperation with their peers and staff. Graduates will thus have learned to collaborate with others in a variety of contexts.

A five-star experience

Teaching Quality
Teaching Quality NSW
Good Universities Guide 2021
#1 in Australia Postgraduate Teaching Quality
Postgraduate Teaching Quality
Good Universities Guide 2021
Student Support
Undergraduate Student Support
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Overall Experience
Overall Experience
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Studying online

At UNE we know it takes more than just being online to be a great online university. It takes time and experience. We pioneered distance education for working adults back in the 1950s, so we’ve been doing this longer than any other Australian university.

We understand the challenges faced by busy adults studying at home. We know that a vital part of online study is your engagement with the learning community. Communication with your classmates, teaching staff and university support staff will enhance your study experience and ensure that your skills extend beyond the subject matter. UNE’s teaching staff are experts in their field which is why UNE consistently receives five stars from students for teaching quality, support and overall experience.*

*The Good Universities Guide

Your career

Career outcomes

You’ll graduate with professional knowledge and analytical skills, ready to adapt to any rapidly changing workplace. Pursue or advance your career in criminology or the criminal justice system, with opportunities including:

  • policing and corrections
  • crime intelligence services
  • crime prevention agencies
  • government and policy agencies
  • juvenile justice and child welfare
  • drug and law support services.
Other career information

Demand for criminologists is expected to grow by 18.1% by 2024, according to the Australian Government’s Labour Market Information Poll.

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I’ve always been really interested in criminology and forensic science.

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