Preventing Crime by Understanding Crime

The Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNSW empowers you with skills that are critical to your success in the fields of criminal justice, research and policymaking.

Criminology is a unique multi-disciplinary program and is offered jointly by the UNSW Social Sciences and UNSW Law. At UNSW, Criminology is renowned for its innovative fusion of cutting-edge teaching methods, world-class research and a focus on applying knowledge to contemporary issues.

Study Crime & Justice with a Real-World Difference

Studying Criminology at UNSW is so much more than essay writing and sitting in lectures. Our students develop grant applications, conduct crime safety audits, visit prisons and gain insights into the lived experience of the criminal justice system for Indigenous people.

We provide you with practical experience that will help you develop in-demand skills in critical thinking and policy analysis. By engaging in social research projects, you’ll form an understanding of how our communities are directly impacted today. Together, we’ll investigate pill testing, sexual or alcohol-related violence, state and organised crime, and Indigenous justice.

Learn from World-Class Academics Backed by World-Leading Research

Learn from our team of world-class academics who are pioneering global research into crime and criminal justice. This research ranges from gendered and sexual violence and restorative justice to policing and drug policy.

You’ll also hear first-hand stories from agencies such as NSW Police, Corrective Services, Juvenile Justice, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and various not-for-profit organisations who are working with victims and offenders.

Get the Experience that Matters

With Criminology-specific internships at criminal justice and related organisations, you can gain the experience that will benefit your career. We provide internships at Corrections NSW and various victim/offender support services. You also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in our interdisciplinary Centre of Crime and Law and Justice. Criminology at UNSW is also home to world-leading researchers and our student-led Criminology Society.

Build a Career with Real Impact

Studying Criminology at UNSW opens the door to a multitude of career options. Our graduates pursue career paths with coveted agencies like the Attorney-General’s Department, NSW Police, The Australian Federal Police and The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, as well as other non-government agencies.

There are opportunities to work across a broad scope of specialisations, including:

  • Policing
  • Crime Prevention
  • Intelligence
  • Insurance
  • National Security
  • Customs
  • Corrections
  • Child Protection
  • Research & Analysis
  • Global Digital Technology
  • Criminal Law & Law Enforcement
  • Terrorism

Study with Us

Our innovative Undergraduate degrees investigate the causes and consequences of complex crime and criminal justice issues. By examining the bigger picture, we dig deep into the core dynamics of criminality, and the way society responds to criminal behaviour.

We help you develop the ability to evaluate critical problems affecting today’s world, including victimisation, drug-related harm, organised crime and issues of community safety. You’ll focus on problem-based scenarios, take field visits and learn from key influencers of change within the crime prevention industry.

Ultimately, UNSW will equip you with the foundation to forge a career that makes a meaningful difference in the lives of those impacted by crime.

Our Degree Options

Set yourself apart as an expert in the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Admission to Honours in the Criminology specialisation is available to students who have a grade average of 70% in a particular program of study.

Honours is a year-long program and involves a thesis, advanced coursework and research training. In this extra year of study, you’ll work closely with a Criminology staff member to develop and deliver a project on a topic of your choice.

UNSW Arts and Social Sciences offer our Postgraduate Research candidates the opportunity to undertake higher-degree research. This research is supervised by leading scholars to produce an original body of work. In Criminology, students can choose from a Doctor of Philosophy or a Masters by Research.

Our higher degree research students undertake original, dynamic research that examines critical issues in criminology and criminal justice including offending, victimisation, youth offending, Indigenous justice, alternative justice, international crime and corrections.

Key concerns include the nature of criminal behaviour, what is defined as crime and how crime is measured, media reporting and portrayal of crime, the causes of crime and how societies might respond.

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