Bachelor of Criminology

The brand new Bachelor of Criminology course is one of the only named criminology courses in Sydney. It is highly recommended for students dedicated to working in the criminology field. It focuses both on the conceptual and the application of those concepts in the real world. With a structured unit list, it provides an immersive and truly relevant experience. There is a focus on research in the third year, with students developing their own research topic, collecting data, analysing the results, and writing up the thesis. This individual research project provides a vital base for a practical career in criminology, as well as for students looking to become policy analysts or research officers. 

Local International
Delivery Mode On campusOn campus
Location Penrith; BankstownPenrith; Bankstown
Duration 3F / 6P3F
Course Code

727030 [Bankstown]; 727033 [Penrith]

1710.2 [CRICOS Code 00917K] 
Entrance Rank

65.00 ATAR [Bankstown]; 65.00 ATAR [Penrith]

Please refer to Admission Requirements

Fee Information

Local Course Fees (opens in a new window)

International Course Fees (opens in a new window)

Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.

A Career in Criminology

As a graduate of the UWS Bachelor of Criminology, your future offers some very rewarding career prospects. Graduates typically find employment in areas such as:

  • crime research and analysis
  • criminal justice system
  • crime prevention
  • law enforcement
  • policy-making
  • community agencies

Your degree may also provide opportunities in the areas of university research and teaching.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a Bachelor of Criminology involve?

A Bachelor of Criminology consists of 240 credit points (or 24 units), which are typically studied over three years (if you are undertaking a full-time study load). The 24 units that students take over that three year period include eight core social science units, 10 core criminology units and six elective units. Refer to the Admission and Unit Information for course structure details.

What are 'core' units?

Core units are those units in the degree that are compulsory for all students. They are the units that are deemed essential to a degree (and by association, career) in criminology. 

What are 'electives' and how do I choose them?

Electives are free choice units. Students have six electives that they need to do in order to complete a Bachelor of Criminology and these can be chosen from any subject area across the University (subject of course to unit prerequisites). Many students choose electives from other social sciences disciplines offered by the School of Social Sciences and Psychology (such as sociology, peace and development studies, geography and urban studies or child and community studies) but others might choose electives on the basis of their personal interests (e.g. in languages, cultural and social analysis, history, Indigenous studies, forensics etc.). In choosing electives you might also like to think about where you would like to work in the future and whether particular types of knowledge or certain skills might be complementary to that. It is also possible to use your elective pool (that is your six elective units) to develop a sub-major in a given field (a sub-major consists of four units).

What does studying criminology involve?

Most units offered within the Bachelor of Criminology are delivered through a variety of online and face-to-face modes of learning (such as lectures, tutorials and workshops). These structured learning activities will typically equate to three hours per week per unit. In addition, students will spend a substantial amount of time engaged in personal study (typically each unit will require an additional five to seven hours of study per week). This might include time spent completing set readings and online learning activities, conducting research for and writing assessments (such as essays and reports) and/or studying for exams.

Where can I work after I graduate?

The Bachelor of Criminology opens doors for employment with government, private and non-for profit organisations that deal with and respond to crime. Some of these organisations include but are not limited to:
  • Corrections NSW
  • Juvenile Justice NSW
  • NSW Ombudsman
  • The Attorney General's Department
  • Police Integrity Commission
  • NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
  • The Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Research centres (e.g. The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre and the Institute for Cultural Studies)

What job titles should I be searching for when looking for work?

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Criminology may be employed as policy analyst, research officers, project officers, program officers, intelligence analyst, correctional officers and juvenile justice officers.

Where can I get more information about criminology and/or criminology career options?

How to apply

All domestic applications for entry to UWS undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window). Step by step instructions are available on the Apply Now pages.

Instructions for international applications are available on the UWS International Admissions pages.

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If you are interested in completing a higher research degree, for example Masters Honours, information is accessible from UWS Research (opens in a new window).