Student Central The University of Western Australia(M355) 35 Stirling Highway Perth Western Australia 6009
(+61 8) 6488 3939
1800 653 050
Frequently asked questions
Events you may be interested inShow more events
Careers and further study
This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.
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.
- Attention to detail
- Creative thinking
Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this major. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or your desired course.
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
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.
How to apply
Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.
About the course
- Available 2020/2021
- Perth (Crawley campus)
- Albany (Regional campus)
- Semester 1, Semester 2
- 3 years (BA);4 years (BPhil [Hons])
Student Exchange & Study Abroad
Crime and Society
“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
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.
Learn how to spot a psychopath
You’ve seen Walter White go from bumbling chemist to successful drug lord. You’ve gawped as Dexter’s mixed crime fighting with serial killing. And you’ve probably watched Villanelle finish off another target with nothing but a hairpin and a smirk.
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.
Meet a criminologist
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.
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.
Major coordinator 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.
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:
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.
Western Australia's premier Law School
The UWA Law School is ranked in the top 100 law schools in the world (QS 2019). 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.