Interested in crime and justice? A degree in criminology examines the complexity of crime and the way society responds to it, seeking to better understand the dynamics of criminality by looking at the big picture. A Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice covers a broad range of topics including justice, conflict, risk, security, policing, state crime, alternative justice systems, criminalisation and regulation, all while engaging contemporary real-word issues such as victimisation, drug-related harm, organised crime and community safety. Key study areas include the nature of crime, how crime is defined and measured, media reporting and portrayal of crime, and what factors lead people to commit crime.

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Degree Structure

You will be part of a unique cross-faculty program taught by UNSW Law & Justice and UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture. You will study 16 courses in Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Science, and a further 8 elective courses.

Sample courses

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • Explaining Crime
  • Issues in Policing
  • Crime, Politics and the Media
  • Indigenous Perspectives in Criminal Justice
  • Prison and Punishment
  • Young People and Juvenile Justice
  • Violent and Sexual Offenders
  • State Crime and Human Rights
  • Restorative Justice
  • Psychology and Law
  • Issues in Drug Policy
  • The Criminal Trial
  • Public Health and Corrections
  • Explaining Punishment
  • Criminology Work Integrated Learning Placement
  • Crime and Punishment in Historical Perspective
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Double degree options

Dual mode (96 UOC) made up of

  1. Criminology Core (36 UOC)
  2. Social Science Core (42 UOC)
  3. Prescribed Criminology Electives (18 UOC) Dual mode is available in 4034 Social Work (Honours)/Criminology & Criminal Justice and 4763 Criminology & Criminal Justice/Law.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates go on to make a difference in a range of key fields of criminology and criminal justice, including work in the following areas:

  • Research and analysis
  • Policy design and advising
  • Project management
  • Crime prevention
  • Courts and Corrective Services
  • Federal and State Police
  • Security and intelligence
  • Insurance
  • Finance
  • Risk assessment and management

Practical experience

The Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNSW is committed to ensuring students can translate knowledge into practice. We don’t just deliver the standard university lectures, but always look for ways to animate classroom discussions with real-world case studies and back this up by offering a range of experiential learning opportunities. We visit courts, prisons, hear first-hand from justice involved people and provide work placement opportunities with a range of criminal justice agencies and not-for-profits through our Criminology Work Integrated Learning Placement course.

We want you to channel your passion into action, so you will also have the opportunity to bring together the research and analytical skills necessary for research and policy-related work, including preparation of a research proposal, literature review and the completion of a research project embodying the results of your research.

Crime and justice research networks

UNSW has a wide range of world-leading research centres undertaking criminological research. As a student, you will have the opportunity to engage with these networks and build your profile within the sector. Students can attend seminars, conferences, workshops and undertake internships with the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ), The Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN), the Institute of Human Rights, the Centre for Social Research and Policy (SPRC), the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) and the Kirby Institute. These are rare and exciting opportunities to be a part of a cutting-edge research culture and engage with others interested in pressing issues of crime and justice.

International exchange

As one of Australia's most international universities, UNSW offers you the opportunity to spend a term or more overseas studying at one of our partner institutions as part of your degree. UNSW manages a large and active exchange program with over 200 different student exchange opportunities in 38 countries.

Criminology Work Integrated Learning Placement

Eligible Criminology and Criminal Justice students have the option to enrol in an elective to gain practical experience and deeper understanding of the criminal justice and related agencies through a supported work placement. Students have been placed at key local criminal justice agencies, including the NSW Department of Justice, NSW Police, NSW Corrective Services, the Attorney General's Department, the Inspector of Custodial Services, Juvenile Justice, alongside a range of local NGOs working with young, at-risk and justice-involved people.


A fourth year honours program is available for high achieving students in the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Honours is an intensive study program that provides the opportunity to engage in specialised and extended research, to further develop research and analytical skills and expand graduate options.

Be Career Ready

The program aims to prepare you for your dream career. We integrate career readiness training into our program through our Criminology Capstone course, alongside the provision of mentoring programs, job-seeking modules, and professional career support opportunities.

Entry requirements

2020 Lowest Selection Rank 1


2021 Guaranteed Entry 2


2020 A levels 3


2020 IB Diploma 4


2020 Lowest ATAR 5


1. 2020 Lowest Selection Rank

The 2020 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2020.

2. 2021 Guaranteed Entry

Find more information on Guaranteed Entry here.

3. 2020 A levels

The 2020 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.

4. 2020 IB Diploma

The 2020 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2020. It is to be used as a guide only.

5. 2020 Lowest ATAR

The 2020 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band 4

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

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