The UNSW Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice is a three-year, full-time (or six-year part-time) degree designed to critically explore topics such as criminal justice, crime prevention and law enforcement. Our Criminology program obtained a rating of four out of five in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia results, higher than any other university in Sydney for Criminology.

Graduates are equipped to progress into specialist fields in the criminal justice sector, including work with federal and state police, prisons and probation, or working as policy analysts in research. By undertaking a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice you’ll learn to think expansively and develop key skills critical to success in the field. Your education will draw from disciplines such as psychology, sociology, criminal law, philosophy, cultural studies and history.

This degree fuses innovative teaching with a focus on the real-world. During your study, you’ll develop grant applications, conduct crime safety audits, visit prisons and gain insight into an Indigenous person’s lived experience in the criminal justice system.

Real-World Experience

This degree provides practical experience and develops in-demand skills in critical thinking and policy analysis through major social research projects. You’ll study areas such as pill testing, sexual violence, alcohol-related violence, state and organised crime, victimisation and Indigenous justice.

Our teaching staff conduct world-leading research into crime, policing and the media, alternative forms of justice, gendered and sexual violence, alcohol and other drugs, and nightlife. Through your study at UNSW Law and Justice, you’ll be exposed to industry leaders and experts from agencies such as NSW Police, Corrective Services, Juvenile Justice, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and not-for-profit organisations who work with victims and offenders.

Our degree also offers real-world experience through Criminology-specific internships at various criminal justice and related organisations, including Corrections NSW and various victim/offender support services. You can get involved in the workings of our interdisciplinary Centre for Crime, Law and Justice alongside world-leading researchers as well as our student-run Criminology Society.

Your Career

Our graduates can be found working in the Attorney General’s department, NSW Police, The Australian Federal Police, The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, as well as various government and non-government agencies.

Career opportunities for our graduates include the roles in the following:

  • Courts and corrective services
  • Crime prevention
  • Insurance and customs
  • Intelligence
  • National security
  • Policing
  • Policy design and advising
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Research and analysis
What Our Students Say

One of the best aspects of my degree was the ability to work closely with some intelligent academics who were once in my position and were able to guide me in both uni work and my personal life. I have learnt that adaptability is key when it comes to criminology. You need to be able to adjust yourself and your skills to suit different tasks and projects, and this skill has taught me the importance of versatility.

– Pipiena Sofia Hehea, Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice alumna. 

Double Degree Options

Program Duration
4034 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Criminology & Criminal Justice 5 years
4763 Bachelor of Laws/Criminology & Criminal Justice 5 years
Course Outline

2021 Guaranteed Entry



Degree type


Bachelor Degree



3 years full-time


Commencing terms

Term 1, Term 2, Term 3


Program code



Delivery mode

On Campus


Domestic / International