Undergraduate

Criminology

Are you fascinated by crime and the human mind? Crime, psychology, ethics and law are just some of the areas you will explore as you seek to better understand people and the criminal justice system.

Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Career Pathways

The transferable skills of critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity will hold you in good stead in any number of career paths. Criminology graduates can pursue a wide range of employment opportunities, from operational roles in the criminal justice system, to policy-making, research, analysis or education.

The transferable skills of critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity will hold you in good stead in any number of career paths. Criminology graduates can pursue a wide range of employment opportunities, from operational roles in the criminal justice system, to policy-making, research, analysis or education.

This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Further Study

A major in Criminology can lead to further study at honours and/or postgraduate level. You could choose to apply for courses such as the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology.
A major in Criminology can lead to further study at honours and/or postgraduate level. You could choose to apply for courses such as the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology.

4 reasons to do Honours

  • Boosts analytical, critical, problem solving skills and project management.
  • Regarded highly by future employers in wide range of sectors: business, law, government, semi-government.
  • Leads to higher earnings and better career advances.
  • Increases admission chances of highly-sought graduate degrees domestically and internationally, including the Juris Doctor and the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Graduate outcomes

  • Attention to detail
  • Creative thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving

Fees and scholarships

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Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

The Criminology major challenges you to apply criminological theory to analyse contemporary challenges relating to crime, victimisation, crime prevention and the criminal justice system. Criminology will see you study crime and criminal justice while drawing on knowledge and perspectives from a range of disciplines, including law, psychology, history, anthropology and geography.

About the course

Criminology allows you to study crime and criminal justice while drawing on knowledge and perspectives from a range of disciplines including Law, Psychology, History, Anthropology, Forensic Science, and Geography. The criminology major will challenge students to apply criminological theory to analyse contemporary challenges relating to crime, victimisation, crime prevention, and the criminal justice system. 
Criminology

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2020/2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
  • Albany (Regional campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-CRIMN
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA);4 years (BPhil [Hons])
Criminology
Status
  • Available 2020/2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
  • Albany (Regional campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-CRIMN
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA);4 years (BPhil [Hons])
Honours Available
  • Yes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Faculty
  • Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education - Arts

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Student testimonial

Crime and Society

Law student Tamara Alderice

“When I took the unit 'Crime and Society' with Dr Joe Clare, it was really interesting: my preconceptions that I had around what crime is, who the criminal is and how crime interacts with society, versus the facts - what it is in reality - and learning that I found really thrilling.”

--Tamara, current student

Student testimonial

4 reasons to do Honours

  • Boosts analytical, critical, problem solving skills and project management.
  • Regarded highly by future employers in wide range of sectors: business, law, government, semi-government.
  • Leads to higher earnings and better career advances.
  • Increases admission chances of highly-sought graduate degrees domestically and internationally, including the Juris Doctor and the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Course Structure

Our undergraduate degrees offer you a broad range of options allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests. 

 

Popular combinations

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What you'll learn

  • An understanding of the breadth of issues in contemporary criminology and the criminal justice system.
  • How to critique crime and criminal law.
  • Transferable creative thinking, teamwork and problem-solving skills.
 
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Meet a criminologist

Professor Harry Blagg

Professor Harry Blagg teaches criminology in the UWA Law School. He has a national and international reputation as a leading criminologist specialising in Indigenous people and criminal justice, young people and crime, family and domestic violence, crime prevention, diversionary strategies, policing and restorative justice.

 

Professor Harry Blagg

Professor Harry Blagg teaches criminology and is Associate Dean (Research) in the UWA Law School. He has a national and international reputation as a leading criminologist specialising in Indigenous people and criminal justice, young people and crime, family and domestic violence, crime prevention, diversionary strategies, policing and restorative justice.

He has developed a specific focus on remote communities – particularly in the Kimberly Region of WA and the Northern Territory. His current research includes diversionary responses to the problem of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) on Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley, and the role of Aboriginal women in community Night Patrols.

Your degree options

This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor's degrees.

Meet the faculty

Major coordinator Dr Joe Clare

Dr Joe Clare

"I’m committed to evidence-based decision-making for emergency first responders and focused on using administrative data to make prevention-focused policy and practice decisions."

Dr Joe Clare coordinates the Criminology major. A criminologist, award-winning lecturer and researcher at the UWA Law School, his research interests include body-worn cameras by WA police, crime prevention, and academic misconduct.

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Take a second major

Employers seek graduates with a breadth of knowledge from multiple complementary areas. Have you considered taking a second major to increase your skills and experience?

Criminology pairs well with these other majors:

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4 reasons to study Criminology

1. It's interdisciplinary and varied: in the Criminology major you'll take units from a wide range of areas, including Law, Psychology, Finance, Anthropology and Sociology, Geography and History.

2. It's fascinating: learning about crime and criminal law is interesting. From understanding the criminal justice system to tracking the history of crime and punishment in Britain, you'll be constantly surprised and intrigued along the way.

3. It's practical: whether you're majoring in Criminology itself, or taking it as a second major, it works well in combination with Psychology, Law and Society and History in particular.

4. It's well regarded by employers: you'll develop the capacity to think critically, integrate theory and research to practice, and communicate effectively in written and oral forms, all of which are excellent skills to have upon graduation.

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Western Australia's premier Law School

The UWA Law School is ranked in the top 100 law schools in the world (QS 2021, THE 2020). You will join and contribute to 90 years of excellence: we were the first law school established in WA and the fifth oldest in Australia.

Our graduates include a Prime Minister, a Governor of Western Australia, State Ministers, Justices of the Supreme Court of WA, a Young Australian of the Year, Rhodes Scholars, and more.

While we have a long and proud history, we're also a closely-knit, creative and progressive Law School, fostering critical thought, ethical scholarship and practice, a deep connection to our Indigenous past and present, and supportive student culture based upon wellbeing and inclusion.