Studying criminology

Studying Criminology






Career Opportunities in Criminology: (Australian Institute of Criminology)

Study Criminology at UNSW:


The Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice is offered through the School of Social Sciences. It is a joint venture between the School of Social Sciences  - the administrative centre of the degree, and the Faculty of Law. The degree was established in 2000 and had its first intake in 2001. The degree is an ideal preparation for a career in policy and planning, social research, project design and management in relation to crime and criminal justice.

A concurrent degree in Social Work and Criminology and Criminal Justice is also offered. This combined degree program provides students with an opportunity to obtain two degrees of professional importance to the public sector, criminal justice and community services.

Criminology is taught at the School of Social Sciences as a collaborative initiative between the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Law. Teaching staff are drawn from many disciplines.


UNSW's Master of Criminal Justice and Criminology degree is now well established, and a Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice and Criminology is also available.

Open to students from a variety of disciplines, the programs are jointly offered by the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - drawing on the acknowledged excellence in research and teaching of criminal justice and criminology in each faculty.

Students have the opportunity to select courses from several different schools and disciplines including law, criminology, social policy, politics and international relations, and forensic mental health.

Courses within the Criminal Justice and Criminology stream straddle topical and important criminal justice and criminology issues in a national context from policy to penology, and also in international, comparative and commercial/corporate contexts.

The criminal justice and criminology team consists of internationally regarded authors and experts, many participating closely in law reform and government policy development.

For further information, please visit the School of Social Sciences or The Faculty of Law


Faculty of Medicine: Forensic Mental Health

The Forensic Mental Health Program has been developed to enhance the knowledge and skills of a broad range of professionals working at the interface of human services and criminal justice systems.

While the program content is based in forensic psychiatry, the disciplines of forensic psychology, nursing and law contribute to this exciting new frontier. Our academic contributors are also leading authorities in their clinical fields which allow for participation of students in the challenges of the forensic workplace. In addition, the expert knowledge and experience of our academic staff relate to both the Australia-wide and international forensic context.

For more information see website


Faculty of Science

Master of Psychology (Forensic)

The Masters degree in Forensic Psychology is a two year course and provides graduate training for psychologists who intend to pursue a career in forensic settings. Forensic psychology is involved with all professional aspects of the interface between psychology and law.

Combined PhD/Master of Psychology (Forensic)

The PhD / MPsychol degree (Forensic–Program code 1405) is designed to train a select group of postgraduate students to undertake high calibre research. These degrees are not available to overseas students holding an IPRS or UIPA.

The combined degree requires a minimum of four full-time years for completion. Students are requires to complete: a research project that satisfies the requirements for a PhD; and the coursework and professional practice requirements for the Master of Psychology in Forensic Psychology.

For further information, please visit the School of Psychology