Bachelor of Criminology
Make a career out of crime
Criminology is the study of crime and deviance – seeking to understand the causes of crime, the extent and consequences of crime, as well as methods of crime prevention.
What will you do?
Our Bachelor of Criminology prepares you to think critically about crime and the criminal justice sector, as you:
- examine criminal and anti-social behaviour
- debate the causes and consequences of crime
- investigate policing and crime prevention techniques
- question justice and corrections systems
- learn how to conduct research on emerging threats, such as cybercrime, organised crime, and terrorism.
Where could it take you?Criminology graduates are empowered to pursue a wide range of different employment opportunities. You may choose to work in an operational role in the criminal justice system, or within one of the critical external organisations supporting the sector. You may follow a path into other professional settings, such as policy-making, research, analysis or education. You could combine your degree in criminology with other degrees, majors or minors, to pursue a career in law, forensics or psychology, amongst others.
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SATAC Code 324931 2019 CSP ATAR 65.1 2019 CSP IB 24 Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 70 Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 24 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students team
2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 54.8 Median ATAR to receive an offer 72.85 Highest ATAR to receive an offer 97.35 Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 65.1 Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 76.78 Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 98.55 Minimum eligibility score 65 Additional criteria considered Selection rank only Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), 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 2018). 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. Other Entry PathwaysSATAC Code: 324931
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019 Number of students Percentage of all students (A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
13 9.5% (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/A (C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
25 18.2% (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
<5 N/A International students <5 N/A All students 137 100.0%
CRICOS 089645E Intake February and July
English Language Requirements
Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169 Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry Requirements
Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 75 International Baccalaureate (IB) 27 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 18 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70 British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.8 Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 80 ISC & CBSE [India] 70% ISBE [India] 80% SAT (in conjuction with American High School Diploma) 1200 AP (in conjuction with American High School Diploma) 7 Abitur 3.4 Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.5 Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5 STPM or Matrikulasi 2.78 Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 74 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74 Eynesbury Foundation Program 360 ANU Foundation Studies 66 Monash Foundation Year 70 Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 72 UNSW Foundation Year 7.0 University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.7 Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 59 University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.2 Non-Go8 Foundation Score 74 Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $7,205
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Career ReadinessOur 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.
Counsellor, Police Officer, Statistician, Intelligence Officer, Jury Consultant, Parliamentary Adviser, Parole Officer, Correctional Officer, Court Officer, Crime Analyst, Criminologist, Cyber Defender, Rehabilitation Program Worker, Social Inclusion Officer, Forensic Psychologist, Forensic Scientist, Fraud investigator, Government Policy Advisor, Youth Worker, Judicial Associate, Community Services Officer
A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.
Study Abroad and ExchangeIt 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to receive further information and advice.
There are many universities to choose from, however specific exchanges are available for Bachelor of Criminology students:
> University of Oslo (Norway)
> North Carolina State (US) (limited availability)
> Simpson College (US)
Degree StructureStudents can take a major or minor in:
- Forensic Medicine (minor only)
- Public Health
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 1 S1 CRIM 1001
Criminology ClosedElective Level I
Elective Level I Elective Level I S2 CRIM 1002
Crime, Control and Criminal Justice
The Enquiring Mind
Elective Level I Elective Level I Year 2 S1 CRIM 2002
Culture, Communication and the Carnival of Crime
Criminology Closed Elective Level II Elective Level II S2 CRIM 2001
Surveillance, Deviance and Crime
Information Systems (GIS)
Elective Level II Elective Level II Year 3 S1 Criminology Closed Elective Level III Criminology Closed
Elective Level III
Elective Level III Elective Level III S2 CRIM 3002
Elective Level III Elective Level III Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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Last updated: Thursday, 17 Oct 2019