Bachelor of Criminology

Why study the Bachelor of Criminology at UNE?

The Bachelor of Criminology at UNE is an inter-disciplinary degree that draws upon areas of study such as criminology, forensic science, law and criminal justice, and the sociology of deviance. Students are able to choose a number of core and elective units that examine criminal law and procedures, policing, punishment, prisons, forensic science, theories of crime, rural crime and juvenile delinquency. The degree also offers students the opportunity to undertake training in research methods and provides hands-on experience within the criminal justice system through our WorkReady program. Graduates of a Bachelor of Criminology can seek employment in a wide-range of sectors, including: border control, correctional facilities, crime prevention agencies, government and policy agencies, intelligence and security, juvenile justice, police service and welfare.

Graduates with sufficient grades may apply for Bachelor of Criminology with Honours.

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Criminology is an interdisciplinary degree that offers a solid academic grounding and vocational qualification that may lead to a career in policy advice and development; policing and corrections; crime prevention; juvenile justice and child welfare; security industry; crime intelligence services; drug and law support services, environmental and industry regulation.

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Degree Snapshot


3 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time



2016 ATAR / OP

72.55 / 12


Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation BCrim
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 061318F
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 3 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
2016 ATAR 72.55
2016 OP 12
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 144
Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

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

Assumed knowledge is any two units in English.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Candidates may elect to include a work experience unit in their program. This component equips students with hands-on practical experience in the field with local industry and service providers working in the area of criminal justice.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.


The University offers a number of faculty/college and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Academic Colours

Old Rose (BCC 157)

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Criminology in 2017.

Admission to Candidature

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

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) three years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

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.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 60 cps
Listed Units 72 cps
Elective Units 12 cps
Total 144 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Criminology.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Diploma in Arts on completion of 48 credit points.
Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Diploma in Arts must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements for the Bachelor of Criminology. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.


Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

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.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the causes and consequences of crime within Australia, including the role that the media and legal system 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 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;
  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 findings in an appropriate form and at an appropriate level.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of criminology, the Australian 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. 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 Australia's adoption of certain systems, such as policing or prisons and why international events can have such a dramatic impact on our criminal justice system.

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, 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.

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