Criminology - A2008

Crime, how we define it, how we understand its causes, and the ways we respond to it provides a window into a society’s challenges, values and aspirations. The Bachelor of Criminology offers a world-leading program to equip you with the professional skills, specialist knowledge and key capabilities relevant to careers in a wide range of Criminology related fields.

Throughout your course, you’ll learn to identify credible evidence, to understand how to measure and analyse the impact of policy, and you’ll be challenged to apply abstract knowledge and to develop solutions to real-world problems of crime and justice.

The Bachelor of Criminology offers options to develop specialist knowledge of specific criminal concerns such as sexual violence, gendered violence, punishment, criminal justice processes, marginalisation, drugs, cybercrimes, risk and surveillance, victimisation and perpetration, youth crime and crime prevention and transnational justice practices. You will also have opportunities to travel internationally to meet criminal justice experts across Asia, Europe and the Americas; to undertake field trips; and to participate in internships. Examples of previous internships include the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS), Monash City Council, City of Casey, the National Coronial Information System (NCIS), Neighbourhood Watch Victoria, the Refugee Legal Centre, and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.

Along the way you’ll develop informed, independent thinking and problem solving skills. You’ll consider the local, national and global aspects of crime and justice, and become familiar with a range of lenses for considering and assessing the efficiency and impact of society’s changing understandings and responses to crime. You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of victimisation and perpetration, inequality and its impacts, and approaches to understanding crime and difference. You’ll learn about crime committed by individuals, groups, organisations and states, and the mechanisms of the criminal justice system including police, courts and corrections.

On completion, you’ll be prepared to work in a broad range of professional domains, including: the Police Force, the Courts system, the Office of Corrections, Department of Justice, Anti-Corruption organisations, Attorney-General’s Departments, Community Legal Centres, Human Rights Organisations, International Criminal Justice Organisations, a range of private companies responding to issues of crime, and a range of non-governmental organisations in which Criminology specialist skills will provide a key competitive advantage.

Our Advisory Board is made up of industry experts with direct links to government, community and research. Our current board members are Associate Professor Anna Eriksson (Director, Bachelor of Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University), Kevin Casey (Assistant Commissioner, Victoria Police, People Development Command), Professor Arie Freiberg (Chair of the Sentencing Advisory Council, Victoria and Tasmania), Dr Mark Shaw (Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime), Dr Emma Cassar (Commissioner Corrections Victoria, Department of Justice and Community Safety), and Professor Rebecca Wickes (Director, Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University).

At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time
  • 3 years (full time)
Start date
First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Bachelor of Criminology
Course Handbook

High achieving students in the Bachelor of Criminology may have the opportunity to transition into one of our Masters degrees in the third year of study. Learn about Bachelor/Masters degrees.

Combat crime with a Bachelor of Criminology

Understand crime as a truly global phenomenon while developing the skills, knowledge and networks to help change the world.

Where could this degree take you?

You could be working for a wide range of organisations with a Bachelor of Criminology as a:

  • Criminal profiler
  • Forensic anthropologist
  • Cyber-security specialist
  • Hear how Monash Arts graduate Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon uses the skills she learnt through her Arts degree to combat one of our nation’s most insidious issues: family violence.

    Kate is Director, Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre.

    Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements (International students)

    You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

    At the time of enrolment in a course at Monash University, you must be at least 17 years of age.

    View all minimum age requirements.

    All Monash undergraduate courses require you to have successfully completed a minimum of an Australian Year 12 qualification (or equivalent) and achieve the required academic entry score. Most Monash faculties generally use your most recent studies for admission however other guidelines may apply where your prior qualification may be considered.

    Entry requirements for each qualification level are as follows:

    All Monash undergraduate courses require you to satisfy English entry requirements in one of the following ways:

    If you do not meet the above English proficiency test scores, consider Monash English Bridging. Some Monash courses however do not accept Monash English Bridging.

    The English measures outlined above must be completed within 2 years prior to the Monash course commencement date (other time limitations may apply as outlined in the Monash University Procedure). If you have completed several measures of English proficiency over a period of time, the highest valid measure will be accepted.

    Monash University reserve the right to ask students to complete an English proficiency test to meet English course requirements upon request.

    Further information can be located at English language requirements.

    All Monash University undergraduate courses require you to have previously studied and achieved required Australian level standards in certain specific subject known as prerequisite subjects.

    You must satisfy the following prerequisite subject requirements for this course:

    Meeting prerequisite subject requirements from other international qualifications:

    You can still meet the above prerequisite subject requirements if you have completed other international qualifications. These subjects will be assessed on a case by case basis when you apply.

    Alternative pathways

    If you don't satisfy the requirements for direct entry consider these pathway options.

    The course develops through three themes that combine to underpin criminology studies: Part A.Expert knowledge, Part B. Global reach and focus and Part C. Collaboration and innovation. Part D involves free elective studies.

    Partner with another course

    Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take up to two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.

    Making the application

    Future students

    Semester one (February)

    Students currently studying an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate in Australia, should apply online through VTAC etc.

    Apply through VTAC

    Semester two (July)

    Apply directly to Monash using course code A2008


    Current Monash students

    You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

    Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

    Self assess for credit eligibility

    Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


    Fees are subject to change annually.

    International fee

    Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.



    We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

    Other fees

    The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

    Enrolment Obligations

    International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

    CRICOS code: 096756F