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Get inside the criminal mind

The field of criminology is diverse and dynamic, examining everything from the causes of criminal behaviour, to the control and reduction of crime. It also deals with issues such as society’s reactions to crime, and the best measures for the rehabilitation of criminals.

Drawing from research in fields like psychology, economics and sociology, it’s a constantly evolving field of study that can lead to a range of rewarding career opportunities.

UNE’s expertise in criminology is unique. We are home to the Centre for Rural Criminology, a world-first hub of collaborative international research on all aspects of rural crime.

When you study criminology at UNE you will gain perspectives on regional, rural and remote issues, as well hands-on experience within the criminal justice system.

Explore our Criminology courses now. 

Courses by study level

Add an area of expertise to your CV and gain an undergraduate qualification — without committing to a full bachelor’s degree. You will develop research, critical thinking, and writing skills in the core units. With the minor and elective units, you tailor the course to your specific interests and career objectives by choosing from an extensive selection of arts, humanities and social science units.

With our Advanced Diploma in Arts you have the freedom to explore related subjects, or a range of different topics. With this flexibility, your advanced diploma can be customised to your aspirational and practical needs. It will also qualify you to go on to a Bachelor of Arts if you’re keen to continue your studies. Consider this course as a springboard towards future proofing your career.

Duration
  • 1.5 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Anticipate and respond to the demands of agricultural industries and businesses in a changing global environment and gain a broad range of in-demand legal skills with the UNE Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Laws. In this double degree you will benefit from UNE’s unique position in regional Australia, with the flexibility to build your capabilities in areas that interest you most. With your acquired legal and agricultural knowledge, advanced research skills and technical skillset, you will graduate with broad knowledge and specialist skills for greater career flexibility.

Duration
  • 5 years full-time
  • Up to 12 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus
Bachelor of Arts

Even though one of our longest-standing degrees, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) is still relevant in today’s rapidly changing world. It equips you with the creative, critical and analytical skills in demand by employers, and is transferable across a range of workplaces.

Majors include: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient History, Ancient Near East, Archaeology, Australian History, Chinese, Classical Languages, Criminology, Cultural Heritage, English, French, German, History, Human Geography, Indigenous Studies, Indonesian, Islamic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Linguistics, Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Music, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Political and International Studies, Physical Geography, Psychology, Screen and Media Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Studies in Religion, Theatre and Performance, and Writing.

When you study a BA at UNE, you will become a specialist in a discipline of your choice, with the freedom to explore related subjects or a range of different topics.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

The UNE Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws is a double degree for the future, designed to be responsive to the needs of rapidly changing workplaces and customised to your areas of interest.  The arts majors allow you to become an expert in a discipline of your choice with the freedom to explore a wide range of subjects. The legal knowledge and practical skills will enable you to pursue many pathways in law, also benefiting from UNE’s expertise in regional, rural and remote legal issues.

Duration
  • 5 years full-time
  • Up to 12 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

With commercial innovation and technological disruption on the rise, the UNE Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws will open the door to a wide range of legal and business career opportunities. This double degree gives you a solid foundation in contemporary legal skills together with well-rounded knowledge in business so you can become a flexible all-rounder in any workplace. Gain valuable financial, critical analysis, decision-making and communication skills, as well as how to write for, research, argue and apply the law – a powerful blend of attributes that allow you to take advantage of many career opportunities in evolving sectors.

Duration
  • 5 years full-time
  • Up to 12 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

In the face of rapid technological change and global disruption, knowledge and skills in law  and computer science open the door to a wide range of career opportunities. By studying the UNE Bachelor of Computer Science/Bachelor of Laws, you will develop advanced competencies in computer science and information technology, and understand how to write for, research, argue and apply the law — a valuable skillset to future proof your career.

Duration
  • 5 years full-time
  • Up to 12 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

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.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

By studying law and criminology at UNE, you will gain a broad portfolio of knowledge and skills to future proof your career in a wide variety of professions.  In this comprehensive program of study, you will develop contemporary skills in how to write for, research, argue and apply the law, combined with an advanced understanding and capabilities in contemporary criminology topics and issues. Benefiting from UNE’s regional, rural and remote legal and criminology expertise, you will graduate with broad knowledge and specialist skills for greater career flexibility.

Duration
  • 5 years full-time
  • Up to 12 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

With economics and law influencing almost every aspect of society, the UNE Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws will equip you with a valuable portfolio of knowledge and skills relevant to a wide range of careers. You will graduate with knowledge and skills in the most recent theory and practice of law and an in-depth practical understanding of how the economy works, as well as transferable critical thinking, problem solving and analysis skills to apply to many industries. Study online in a timeframe that suits your lifestyle and get job-ready practical skills to future proof your career.

Duration
  • 5 years full-time
  • Up to 12 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

The world requires skilled scientists and innovators to develop the solutions to the complex environmental problems facing a rapidly changing planet. Combined with a contemporary understanding of the theory and practice of law, the UNE Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Laws will open the door to a wide range of evolving career opportunities. Our double degree provides you with a professionally accredited law degree with a comprehensive grounding in regional, national and global environmental science and natural resource issues. You will graduate with broad knowledge and technical skills to apply to a wide range of professions, and benefit from UNE’s specialist regional, rural and remote perspective in both fields.

Duration
  • 5 years full-time
  • Up to 12 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Develop the advanced knowledge and practical skills you need to take advantage of a wide variety of legal careers with the UNE Bachelor of Laws (4 years). With the support of UNE’s School of Law and academic leaders delivering a well-rounded program of study, you’ll be equipped to tackle the complex legal challenges of today and give your career a competitive edge. In this degree, you will extend your skills across a range of non-law units, from business to computer science, depending on your interests and career goals. You will also develop your practical skills through problem-based learning projects, research training and practical courtroom experience.

Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus
Bachelor of Science

Constant technological disruption and new discoveries in science influence every aspect of our lives, meaning that there has never been a better time than now to safeguard your future career with scientific knowledge and practical skills. With 20 majors to choose from, UNE’s Bachelor of Science is flexibly delivered by experts in research and teaching. Tailor your degree towards generalist or specialist science, while developing a broad scientific base and refining your abilities in critical analysis and complex problem solving. Our majors span the pure and applied sciences, with specialisation available in traditional disciplines and emerging fields.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Studying the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws at UNE will equip you with an extensive portfolio of knowledge and skills to future proof you career. In this comprehensive program of study, you will develop contemporary skills in how to write for, research, argue and apply the law, as well as explore a full breadth of contemporary science topics and issues. You will graduate with knowledge and skills to apply to a wide range of professions, benefitting from UNE’s regional, rural and remote expertise in both fields to ensure you are ready to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world. 

Duration
  • 5 years full-time
  • Up to 12 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

By studying UNE’s Bachelor of Social Science degree you will develop a comprehensive and valuable understanding of human societies and social thought, behaviour and relationships in their varied social, psychological and political manifestations, with potential for a rewarding career in social science related areas.  You will get a thorough grounding in sociology and psychology, plus you can choose from a broad range of majors including political studies, philosophy, international studies, and criminology to satisfy your interests, research and work. The skills you will learn in research, critical analysis and evaluation are transferable across a range of employment opportunities, future proofing your career.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

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.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

As a high achiever, honours is an extra year of study after completing your undergraduate degree. UNE’s Bachelor of Social Science with Honours allows you to extend your studies in psychology or sociology, to build on knowledge and skills in social science theory while undertaking research in your chosen topic.

Honours is a valuable, additional qualification that improves career prospects, plus you'll have the option to proceed to higher degree studies — either a masters or PhD. With an honours degree, your skills in critical analysis and research will be transferable across a range of fields, future proofing your career.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Adapt to an evolving workplace and open the door to new career opportunities with UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice. Whether you want to create more career choices, hone your specialist skills, or take a new career direction, we will work with you to customise a course to match your skills and aspirations.

Choose from a full breadth of subjects. Avoid getting bogged down in a lengthy, traditional course, and instead, play to your natural strengths, refine your skills and draw on your experience to prepare for the future. And do it all with the support of an expert academic success advisor with 1:1 guidance from start to finish.

Duration
  • 0.5 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online

Design a bespoke course and prepare for a rapidly evolving workplace with the UNE Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice. Whether you want to advance your career, hone your skills or embark on a new career direction, we’ll work with you to design a course to match your skills and aspirations. You will have the freedom to assemble your course from a full breadth of subjects, play to your strengths and draw from your experience to achieve your goals. Learn in a way that suits your timeframe and do it all with the support of an expert academic success advisor — with one-on-one guidance from start to finish. You’ll be paving your pathway to the next stage of your career.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
Master of Laws

Through an interdisciplinary approach, the UNE Master of Laws enables you to broaden your legal knowledge and enhance your independent, critical thinking and research skills. You will achieve a high standard of professional writing and research relevant to current issues in law and practice.

Our course gives you the opportunity to choose units of interest or specialise by undertaking units from a particular area of law. It will equip you with advanced legal knowledge and skills and the advanced research skills to make a difference in an increasingly interconnected world.

Duration
  • 1 or 1.5 or 2 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

A Doctor of Philosophy is the pinnacle of academic study. Using rigorous and systematic research, combined with critical analysis, you will add to society’s understanding of complex issues at the cutting edge of your discipline or profession.

When you complete your PhD at UNE, you will be recognised as an expert in your area of study. Your original discoveries and innovations will be applied to benefit society and industry in Australia and worldwide.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
Start
  • Research Period 1
  • Research Period 2
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

High quality research and analysis allows us to better understand the complex issues we face in industry and society. With UNE’s Master of Philosophy by research, your original findings and insights will add to the body of knowledge and inform decision making in your specialist area.

You will work independently, with personalised support from recognised experts in your area of study every step of the way. Expand your expertise, hone your research skills, and immediately apply your knowledge in a research topic of your choice.

Duration
  • 1.5 or 2 years full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Research Period 1
  • Research Period 2
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus
  • Bespoke Graduate Certificate: design your own 4 unit postgraduate course and have your work experience recognised in the process.
  • ‘Fundamental’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four fundamental units from a traditional degree. If you are planning a new direction, or adding a new set of skills to your portfolio, you may want to start with this option. These units provide a foundation, or a ‘base camp’, to return to if you want to later progress to a full degree.
  • ‘Advanced’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four advanced units from a full degree. This is a great strategy for staying current in your field, or advancing your knowledge.
  • ‘Critical Content’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four units from any of the available units in a degree to create a Critical Content Bespoke Course. This option lets you get the knowledge you need without the time and cost of a full degree.
  • ‘Mix and Match’ Bespoke Course: combine two, three or four units from different degrees and disciplines to design your mix and match Bespoke Course. This option lets you diversify your knowledge.

What our students say

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Course material is interesting and relevant, lecturers are engaging and passionate, and specialisation is promoted through assessments that allow you to focus on key interest topics of your choice!

Sarah-Jane Bowers, Bachelor of Criminology with Hons, Bachelor of Psychological Science student

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Where studying Criminology can take you

A qualification in Criminology from UNE can lead to a career in:

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

A career in Criminology

Get inside the criminal mind with a qualification in criminology. With a better understanding of crime and its causes, you can help to make society safer and look forward to diverse employment opportunities in the public and private sector.

Dispute resolutions, Australian Taxation Office
Emily Sherwood

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

Program Coordinator, UNE Discovery Voyager
Andrea Jaggi

Choosing to continue into postgraduate study at UNE was an easy decision. My study experience throughout my undergrad was supportive, engaging and prepared me to further my education.

President, UNE Law Students' Society
Morgan Robins

My most rewarding experience has been as President of the Law Students’ Society. All the law staff have been more than willing to include me in discussions and given me guidance when needed.

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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