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Bachelor of Criminology

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324931

CRICOS 089645E

The Bachelor of Criminology offers courses in criminological theory and its application in criminal justice policy and broader society. While the degree is primarily focused on criminology as the study of the sociology of crime and deviance, students will also take subjects that form part of the growing field of crime science, such as considering crime reduction strategies using statistical data analysis and geographic information systems. Students will also gain a basic grounding in Australian law.

Through their study, students will develop the ability to apply criminological knowledge and research methods to a variety of real world contexts, while demonstrating a capacity to employ a ‘criminological imagination’ by thinking critically about social structures and power. Central
to this will be an understanding of the link between policy and research, and an ability to make policy recommendations on the basis of research findings. Given the growing national and international focus on security, social order and well-being, the Bachelor of Criminology will place graduates in an excellent position with regards to the job market and contributing towards society as experts on criminological issues in a range of social, cultural and scientific contexts.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 324931
    2016 CSP ATAR 72.25
    Adelaide Approved Score 70
    2016 CSP IB 25
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. GPAs earned from non-award study within the Faculty of Arts are also considered.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Credit Estimator
      The Credit Estimator is an application that provides information about the possible credit you may receive at the University of Adelaide based on your prior learning.
    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324931

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 75
    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 089645E
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 75
    IB 25
    A-Level 7
    UEC [Malaysia] 20
    SAT [US] 1200
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] [1] 80%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    Bradford Foundation Program 74
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $7,075

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $29,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Corrections system; fraud investigation / prevention; forensics; judicial system / courts; media; policing; rehabilitation; security services; youth programming and counselling.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Potential careers

    Academic, Lecturer, Counsellor, Police Officer, Statistician, Tutor, Intelligence Officer

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    It is recommended that you take any global study in year 2 of your degree. If you are studying a language (at beginners’ level) as a major or minor, it is recommended you take your global study in year 3 of your degree. Contact to receive further information and advice.

    There are many universities to choose from, however specific exhanges are available for Bachelor of Criminology students:
    > University of Oslo (Norway)
    > North Carlolina State (US) (limited availability)
    > Simpson College (US)

  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan for commencing students
    Year 1S1 CRIM 1001
    Understanding Criminology
    Criminology Closed Elective Level I or II Elective Level I Elective Level I
    S2 LAW 1100
    Introduction to Law
    ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind:Freedom and Media (semester 1 or 2)
    Elective Level I Elective Level I
    Year 2S1 CRIM 2002
    Culture, Communication and the Carnival of Crime

    GEOG 2132
    Social Science Techniques
    Criminology Closed Elective Level II Elective Level II
    S2 CRIM 2001
    Surveillance, Deviance and Crime
    GEOG 2129
    Introductory Geographic Information Systems
    Elective Level II Elective Level II
    Year 3S1 CRIM 3002
    Criminological Research (6 units)

    Elective Level III Elective Level III
    S2 Criminology Closed Elective Level III Criminology Closed Elective Level III Elective Level III Elective Level III
    An optional minor in Psychology is available in this degree. Please refer to the Faculty of Arts website for a study plan.

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Last updated: Thursday, 30 Mar 2017


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