Bachelor of Criminology (Honours)

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

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 3BH075
Deferment Yes - 2 year


Selection Criteria
Higher Education Study

A completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a 24 unit major in Criminology, or a completed Bachelor of Criminology at a Distinction average (GPA of 6.0). An Honours Nomination Form must be submitted at the following website: Further information on Honours in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics can also be found at this site:

Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
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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: Monday, 18 Sep 2023