Bachelor of Criminology

The Bachelor of Criminology program addresses the causes, politics and management of criminality from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The program draws attention to the social dimensions of crime and deviancy and assesses the effectiveness and implications of crime control measures. You will be taught by leading criminological scholars and exposed to cutting edge research in a diverse range of areas.

Topics covered in the program include: understanding offenders, policing, crime control policies, surveillance, crime control technologies, the criminal justice system, illegal drug taking and offending, anti-corruption strategies, causes and effects of genocide, transnational crime, restorative justice, organised crime, criminal behaviour, cybercrime, and terrorism.

Our scholarship programs are designed to support students from diverse backgrounds and abilities, and we automatically consider applicants for some of them upon application.

Criminology at ANU

The ANU has world-leading criminologists and prides itself on excellence in research-led teaching. The Bachelor of Criminology draws upon a range of disciplines to offer the very best in contemporary criminological theory and understanding.

It will appeal to students looking for an engaging and stimulating program of study and wishing to immerse themselves in the exciting field of criminology.

Bachelor of Criminology students learn to:

  • Understand the different dimensions of crime and the societal response to it
  • Apply criminological ideas to everyday examples
  • Understand the social conditions, forces and relations influencing crime and deviance, criminal justice system processes, and crime control interventions
  • Apply the research and analytical skills of criminology and social research more generally
  • Critically evaluate theories, concepts and methodologies relating to crime studies
  • Develop skills in the production of policy relevant ideas and solutions to issues of crime and social inequality.

Flexible Double Degree

The Bachelor of Criminology can be combined with degrees in Law, Business or Science as part of the ANU Flexible Double Degree program. For a full list of degree combinations see

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Key facts

3 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake
Honours option available

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UAC Code: 131150
CRICOS Code: 078937F

Career options

In the Bachelor of Criminology, you will learn about the drivers of crime and how society responds to it.

The breadth of knowledge that you learn during the degree can be applied to various industries and institutions including in the public and private sectors, as well as academia.

Criminology graduates may find work in government policy roles, intelligence, correctional services, court services, social work, police administration, private security, IP protection, fraud investigation, information security, journalism and policy making as well as non-government organisations and international institutions like the United Nations and its specialised agencies.

Hear from our students

Adelaide Bragias
“I chose Criminology because I want to understand how to make our systems and societies fairer, and safer for everyone.”
Adelaide Bragias , Bachelor of Criminology

My brilliant career

The biggest positive to the criminology degree over all the other courses was the calibre of the lecturers and their ability to make every course feel like it was tailored and directed to me as an individual.
Matthew Musgrave , B Criminology '15

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Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.


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