As a Criminology student you will gain a critical understanding of crime and justice issues in our society including victimisation, juvenile justice, drug-related harm, community safety, Indigenous justice and organised crime.

You will be challenged to understand how research and policy can be applied to develop a greater understanding of criminological issues and also how they can assist in bringing about social change to benefit communities. The criminology programs are taught jointly by the School of Social Sciences and Faculty of Law.


Undergraduates will gain an informed understanding of crime and justice issues in contemporary society. You will use a variety of methods and insights from the disciplines of law, philosophy, psychology and sociology to evaluate key issues. Your lectures and tutorials will feature problem based scenarios, field visits and guest lecturers.

Degree Options

Sample courses

Introduction to Criminology; Introduction to Criminal Justice; Explaining Crime; Young People, Risk and Harm; Violent & Sexual Offenders; Disability in the Criminal Justice System


A Criminology Honours degree is available to students who have a grade average of 70% in a particular program of study, involves both coursework and advanced research training, and has an extra year of university study devoted to it.

Postgraduate Coursework

Criminal Justice and Criminology

An interdisciplinary program that takes an advanced look at criminal justice law, policy, theory and practice taught jointly with the UNSW Faculty of Law offered as a Masters, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate.

Postgraduate Research

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

Key concerns include the nature of crime, what is defined as crime and how crime is measured, media reporting and portrayal of crime, why people commit crime and how societies might respond.