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.

What is a Bachelor of Criminology?

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.

Jobs with a Criminology degree?

On completion of this Bachelor of Criminology degree, 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

Subject prerequisites
English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • 3 years (full time)
  • 6 years (part 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 study master's level units in their third year and accelerate their future studies in an Arts master's course. Learn more 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 degree 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.

    Bachelor and Master’s Program

    Take advantage of the most extensive bachelor and master’s program offering in Australia. Monash Arts offers you the opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s degree plus a master’s degree in just four years – instead of five.

    Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

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


    Equivalent Australian Year 12

    Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

    For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this criminology degree, use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

    English requirements

    Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

    University entrance requirements

    Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

    What does a Criminology degree involve?

    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)

    Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

    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.

    Commonwealth supported place (CSP)


    Fee assistance

    As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

    Full 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.