Social Work (Honours)/Criminology & Criminal Justice


Want to be professionally qualified to create change?

Criminologists work to reduce crime by better understanding it. They look at the context in which crime occurs, drawing from disciplines such as psychology, sociology, law, philosophy, cultural studies.

Social Workers seek practical solutions to reduce stress and improve quality of life work to understand people. They help those going through challenging circumstances such as homelessness, addiction, abuse, mental illness, poverty, aging and discrimination.

A dual degree in Social Work (Honours) and Criminology & Criminal Justice will train you to both the human aspect as well as the complex social issues necessary to make a difference.


The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice is a five-year Dual degree which includes studies in the area of:

  1. Criminology
  2. Social Research and Policy
  3. Social work practice
  4. Social and behavioural sciences


Having skills in both Social Work and Criminology extends yours career options to work in a variety of industries from hospitals, government departments, welfare agencies, industry/corporate, community organisations, or as independent consultants.

Graduates are found working in organisations such as Attorney-General's Department, National Drug, Alcohol and Research Centre, Social Policy Research Centre, State and Federal Government, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), Australian Bureau of Criminology, the courts and prisons.

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) degree qualifies graduates for membership to the Australian Association of Social Works (AASW).


International Exchange

As one of Australia’s most international universities, UNSW offers you the opportunity to spend a term 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.

Social Work Honours

In the fourth year of your Social Work degree you will enter one of two Honours streams:

  • Honours Stream One - You will complete an enquiry based professional portfolio undertaken alongside your fourth year of study which integrates scholarship with your professional social work course and placement context.
  • Honours Stream Two - You will conduct your own small practice, or conceptual research project, and have the opportunity to produce a research-based thesis.

Criminology & Criminal Justice Honours

  • 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.

Vocational placement

Criminology and Criminal Justice students have the option to enrol in an elective internship through the Arts & Social Sciences Vocational Placement (Internship) course. The program provides an exciting opportunity to put theory into practice and gain valuable professional experience.


Degree program structure and academic rules information:

If you are a current student, please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you commenced your degree.