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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Honours)

Prevent crime. Promote justice. With a focus on professional practice and criminal law, learn the skills and knowledge to contribute towards reducing and controlling crime problems that face contemporary society.

Criminology is the scientific study of crime and responses to crime. In preparation for your career as a criminologist, you'll study criminological theory, criminal justice, criminological research methods, global security, criminal law and professional practice in criminology, and criminal justice.

As a criminologist, you'll understand the operations and effectiveness of Australian and international criminal justice systems, and the nature of crime and deviance. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to contribute towards preventing and controlling crime problems that face contemporary society.

Graduates of criminology and criminal justice are sought after in the public and private sectors, advising on evidence-based crime control policies, developing corporate risk management strategies and working in global companies to better manage growing transnational crime problems, including cyber crime.

Program highlights

  • The program has four years of professional practice built into the program, with deep engagement with industry partners including Queensland Police Service, Queensland Corrective Services, Australian Federal Policing, Sentencing Commission and many more.
  • The only undergraduate degree in criminology in the world that has three years of law courses built into the program.
  • The only four year, embedded honours program in criminology in Australia giving students guaranteed honours giving you an edge in the graduate market place.
  • Learn from award winning academics and cutting-edge researchers who will expose you to unique, first-hand perspectives and connect you with industry exposure.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


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Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

2 years of Post-Study Work (PSW) rights to international students post completion of their respective Bachelor's 


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry scores
All international applicants need to have successfully completed Queensland Year 12 (or an equivalent qualification) and meet the minimum entry score for this program.

Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics B; plus two of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Mathematics C or Physics, at least one of which must be Chemistry or Physics.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

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