Honours Degree of Bachelor of Criminology

Turn high-achieving into a higher degree

An honours degree is a one-year program that builds upon undergraduate study by introducing the challenge of an extended project.

There are many reasons we encourage graduates to apply for an honours year. You might want to build the necessary foundations for postgraduate research. You could be seeking answers to questions no one else is asking in criminology. Perhaps you’re keen to develop deeper insight into emerging crime forms to gain an employability edge for the future.

Our prerequisite for the Bachelor of Criminology (Honours) is a Distinction average in a Bachelor of Criminology or other bachelor degree with a Criminology major. Applications are called for in October and November each year.


What will you do?

  • Attend regular classes for advanced coursework, with an emphasis on research training and critical thinking.
  • Partner with an academic mentor who’ll support and encourage your intellectual development.
  • Produce an extended piece of work (thesis) on a chosen topic.

Further details on honours are available from schools and disciplines in the faculty. 


  • Demonstrate your advanced capabilities with a Honours degree
  • Research the big questions and influence social policy creation
  • Be part of a community of world-leading academics

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 3BH075
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
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Selection Criteria
Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor's degree, or equivalent. The prerequisite for Honours study is at least credit standard in a specified major.

Expressions of interest are called for by Departments/Disciplines in October and November each year. Further details on Honours and the expression of interest form are available at the following website: https://arts.adelaide.edu.au/study-with-us/honours#how-to-apply.

Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3BH075

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.


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

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Career Readiness

Our graduates will go on to a wide range of rewarding careers. Many find employment amongst the various operational professions that make up the criminal justice system, such as in policing, security, intelligence, corrections and court administration. 

Elsewhere, graduates choose employment across the vast array of other hands-on and critical welfare and support roles that enhance outcomes for victims, offenders and the community at large. Other graduates take on policy-making, research, education or entrepreneurial roles for a diverse cast of employers including Commonwealth, state or local government agencies, universities, schools and various other training or service providers.

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

Potential careers

Judicial Associate, Jury Consultant, Parliamentary Adviser, Parole Officer, Police Officer, Correctional Officer, Counsellor, Court Officer, Crime Analyst, Criminologist, Cyber Defender, Rehabilitation Program Worker, Social Inclusion Officer, Statistician, Forensic Scientist, Fraud investigator, Government Policy Advisor, Intelligence Officer, Youth Worker

Degree Structure

Example Study Plan

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.


I hope to change the world. I will use my knowledge and skills to make the world a more accepting and supportive place for people who are disadvantaged, socially excluded and doing it tough.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021