Course Description

This one-year program is designed to develop the skills of justice innovators and critically reflective leaders in the criminal justice sector and academia.

Building on the capabilities you acquired at undergraduate degree level, you’ll design and develop a research project and complete a scholarly thesis as you undertake advanced coursework, which provides a firmer grounding in the field and in research methods.

You will:

  • Enhance your sense of professional identity and widen your learning horizons through exposure to a greater range of professional and research practice.
  • Engage with the academic world of criminal justice by becoming part of a network of talented students providing fresh insights and information to the justice industry through deeper analysis.
  • Become familiar with a variety of criminal justice professional environments, enabling you to add value to organisations and improve practice. Employers value an honours degree as it demonstrates higher-order research, analysis and writing skills.

Many honours students continue to develop an academic research career through further Master or PhD studies.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,566 total course cost.
International Students: $26,880 per year full-time


1 year full time, 2 years part time

Starting dates

February, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Law & Paralegal Studies undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 61.2% (national average 56.9%)
Improved skills: 81.3% (national average 83.7%)
Overall satisfaction: 71.7% (national average 81.1%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Law & Paralegal Studies undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 62.8% (national average 74.1%)
Studying full time: 24.2% (national average 20.3%)
Median full time salary: $47,500 (national average $60,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 055811K
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Code: BH060

Entry Requirements

The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.

Applicants with Higher Education study

You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a relevant discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (out of 4.0).

Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)

Secondary education (Year 12) is not considered for entry into this program.