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Key facts

Would you like to help contribute to making the world a safer place? When you study UNE’s Bachelor of Criminology with Honours you will complete a major research project in an area of criminology that you choose, for example organised crime, child exploitation, the illicit drug trade, or rural crime. Whatever topic you delve into, you will be on track to a rewarding career that could play a key role in informing debate on crime and justice issues in Australia and beyond. You will also acquire skills in critical thinking — skills that are transferable and in demand across a range of professions thereby future proofing your career.

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
  • Online
  • On Campus
  • Armidale Campus
Entry requirements
  • Guaranteed ATAR: Not applicable
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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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  • 064575J
UNE Course Code

Course information

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Why study the Bachelor of Criminology with Honours with UNE?

UNE is a pioneer in the field of rural crime and 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 in a rapidly changing world.

The intensive year-long program studying UNE’s Bachelor of Criminology with Honours is an opportunity to develop your original research project and conduct theoretical and empirical research under the guidance of a supervisor who is a specialist in the relevant field. You will utilise all the skills you have learned throughout your undergraduate degree to produce a 15,000 to 20,000-word dissertation.

Honours can be one of the most enjoyable and challenging years of your undergraduate degree, a rare opportunity to dedicate yourself for an entire year to one area of study that you are passionate about. It is an ideal way to gain direct access as a professional to areas of the criminal justice system that interest you.

What makes our course different?

You will learn from thought leaders in the field of rural crime who will support you through this rewarding course that allows you to:

  • Demonstrate to future employees that you have critical job skills, such as the ability to produce high-quality work with minimal supervision, the capacity to engage with criminal justice agencies, and valuable project management abilities.
  • Choose from three different teaching periods to start your degree – in March, June or September.
  • Study flexibly — the course can also be studied on campus, or completely online at home in your own time.

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.

UNE is Australia’s oldest regional university and a pioneer in the delivery of distance education. We are proud that year after year, our students award UNE the maximum 5-star ratings for Overall Experience and Student Support, so no matter whether you choose to study online or on campus, you are in very good hands.

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 have:
(a) Admission to candidature shall be determined by the Head of School on the recommendation of the course coordinator.
2. Except as provided in Rule 3, a candidate for admission to the honours course shall have:
(a) satisfied all requirements of an AQF Level 7:
    (i) Bachelor of Arts majoring in Criminology or the Bachelor of Criminology from the University of New England; or
   (ii) Bachelor of Criminology in the Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws from the University of New England; and
(b) achieved a grade point average of 5.0 (Credit); and
(c) attained at least Distinction standard in 12 credit points at 300-level in Criminology and CRIM244 or equivalent; and
(d) passed units to the value of at least 48 credit points in the subject in which the candidate wishes to proceed; and
(e) fulfilled any additional requirements prescribed and published by the School or area concerned.
3. With the approval of the Head of School a person who has fulfilled the requirements for an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification of a university or other institution and who meets requirements considered by the School to be equivalent to those specified in Rule 2 (b), (c), (d) and (e), may be admitted to the honours course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Criminology with Honours.

Candidates admitted under Rule 2(a)(ii) shall have completed all requirements for admission to the degrees of Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws before being awarded the Bachelor of Criminology with Honours.

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

No advanced standing will be granted for the dissertation component.

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$14,500*
*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 a single unit to the value of 48 credit points comprising an advanced course work component and a dissertation component in the relevant subject.  

48 credit points

Complete the following unit:

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 with Honours 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. produce a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation that demonstrates original thinking, a high level of research skills and the ability to write critically;
  2. demonstrate the practical use of criminological research and study within the criminal justice system, through conducting empirical or theoretical research that contributes new knowledge to a particular criminological field of knowledge. Graduates will demonstrate the necessary skills to complete empirical research, and where applicable, will produce an ethics application;
  3. demonstrate an ability to understand and critically evaluate criminological and legal literature, including policy and government documents, legislation and media articles. Locate, evaluate and apply information from a variety of academic and non-academic sources in an appropriate manner; and
  4. apply advanced academic writing skills and communicate findings in an appropriate form and at an appropriate level.
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will have coherent and advanced knowledge of one particular area of criminology that the student has selected to study. They will also appreciate that they are part of a community of scholars and recognise the cultural context of current knowledge. Students will gain a global perspective of their particular area of criminological study when conducting a literature review. Students will be guided by their supervisor to identify important resources that will be used as the basis for their dissertation. This knowledge will then be assessed throughout the degree through a range of written assessment tasks, including the dissertation.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have high level communication skills and be able to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences. Students' communication skills will be enhanced by their supervisor. Students will be required to demonstrate their high level of communication skills when completing ethics applications, contacting potential research participants, conducting empirical research and writing the results in a dissertation. These skills will include oral and written communication skills that are appropriate for students to use within the workplace.

Problem Solving

Graduates will have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence. With initiative and judgement these skills will enable students to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts. During the course of their studies, students will need to locate, evaluate and apply information from a variety of sources throughout their degree. Students will be taught how to evaluate and interpret information in a useful manner. Students will be assessed on their ability to deconstruct relevant literature and how to integrate theory and literature into their work.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be directed to relevant criminological literature and taught how to assess its validity. Students will be assessed on their ability to identify relevant literature and on their ability to critically analyse the literature.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

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

Lifelong Learning

The development of intellectual capacity and critical thinking skills will be fostered throughout the honours program. Through completing the assessments and dissertation, students will be provided with the necessary lifelong skills to be able to research, write and discuss social issues. These skills can be transferred to any discipline and will be useful in any research positions.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will be able to exercise responsibility and accountability for their own learning and professional practice as well as the ability to work collaboratively with others within broad parameters. Students will be required to participate in professional, respectful and ethical discussions with their supervisor on issues associated with criminology. In addition, students who will be conducting empirical research will need to work with various criminal justice agencies and practitioners to collect and present their research.

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
Good Universities Guide 2021
Overall Experience
Overall Experience
Good Universities Guide 2021
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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 and to seek employment in a wide range of sectors including:

  • policy advice and development
  • policing and corrections
  • juvenile justice and child welfare
  • crime intelligence services
  • drug and law support services
  • education and research.

For many, this course is also the final year of undergraduate study and provides you with an avenue into postgraduate study or into a career as a professional researcher or academic.

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 studied law and criminology both on campus and online, and now am studying psychology and criminology honours completely online.

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