Course Description

Honours in Criminology is an intensive year-long program that enables students to research a topic they are passionate about. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own original research project and conduct empirical or theoretical research under the guidance of a supervisor who is a specialist in the relevant field. It is the final year of undergraduate study for most students and provides students with an avenue into postgraduate study or into a career as a professional researcher or academic. Students who complete honours can demonstrate to future employees that they have important job skills such as the ability to produce high quality work with minimal supervision, the capacity to engage with criminal justice agencies and important project management skills.

Honours can be one of the most enjoyable and challenging years of a student's undergraduate degree. Honours is a rare opportunity for students to dedicate an entire year to one area of study that is important to them and often allows students direct access to areas of the criminal justice system that interest them. In addition, honours offers students the experience of utilising all the skills they have learned through their undergraduate degree to produce a 15,000 to 20,000 word dissertation.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $9,352 total course cost.
International Students: $26,250 per year full-time


1 - 3 years full time, 10 years part time

Starting dates

February, June, October

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences undergraduate courses at University of New England (UNE) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 76.9% (national average 75.7%)
Improved skills: 78.8% (national average 83.3%)
Overall satisfaction: 87.9% (national average 85.4%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from University of New England (UNE). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences undergraduate courses at University of New England (UNE) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 64.2% (national average 61.3%)
Studying full time: 16.3% (national average 32.0%)
Median full time salary: $62,900 (national average $55,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 064575J

Entry Requirements

1. Admission to candidature shall be determined by the Head of School on the recommendation of the Course Coordinator. 2. Excepts as provided in Rule 3, a candidate for admission to the honours course shall have: (a) satisfied all requirements of an AQF level 7:
   (i) Bachelor of Arts majoring in Criminology or Bachelor of Criminology from the University of New England, or
   (ii) Bachelor of Criminology in the Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Engalnd, and(b) achieved a grade point average of 5. 0 (Credit), and (c) attained at least Distinction standard in 18 credit points at 300 level in criminology including CRIM344 Criminological Perspectives or equivalent, and(d) passed units to the value of at least 48 credit points in the subject in which the candidate wishes to proceed, and(e) have fulfilled any addtional requirements prescribed and published by the School or area concerned,3.