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Crime is an issue that governments and communities face every day. The meaning of justice and the best way to respond to crime and criminality are the subject of ongoing passionate debate in the media, in parliaments, in court rooms, and in communities, locally and globally.

Criminology is the study of crime, criminality and criminal justice systems, focussing on criminalisation as a process, the causes of crime, the social context of offending, crime prevention, systems of social control, and the punishment and rehabilitation of offenders.

Criminologists critically analyse the policies, practices, systems, culture and relationships at an individual and societal level to improve understanding, advance the evidence base, and develop initiatives and agendas for change.

Why study Criminology?

We offer a range of study options that provide you with the expertise in Criminology, with our students regularly complementing their studies with other disciplines, including sociology, law, psychology, social work, counselling, government, sciences or environmental studies.

Criminological research can result in advances in understanding and interventions for individuals or groups, as well as seeking to resolve important international issues, such as eco-global crime, with the potential to affect current and future generations.

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Career Options

Our graduates regularly find employment in the fields of Corrections, Court and Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Security and Intelligence, Health and Human Services and in government at a state or federal levels.

  • Probation Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Tasmanian Police
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
  • Australian Customs Service
  • Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service
  • Australian Department of Defence
  • Australian Crime Commission
  • Interpol
  • Child Protection
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Correctional Health Service
  • Youth Justice
  • Local Government

Study Options

Students can choose to study through psychological, policy and politics, law, sociological basis before proceeding into areas of forensic investigation, sport and crime, juvenile justice and child protection, policing and case management, environmental crime, indigenous justice, and global conflict.

Interested in studying with us? Explore our course and research opportunities below.

Each course and unit is linked to its own page with more detailed information on the Courses & Units website.


In 2019 the School of Social Sciences is offering the below units, including breadth units, which contain content from this discipline. Please refer to course pages to determine while of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list.


Semester 1

  • HGA101 Sociology: Understanding the Social World
  • HPP101 Introduction to Politics and Policy
  • HSP108 What is Policing?

Semester 2

  • HIR101 Introduction to International Relations
  • HGA102 Sociology: Experiencing Social Life
  • HSP109 Policing in Diverse Contexts

Semester 1

Winter School

Semester 2

Spring School

  • HGA226 HGA326 Sport and Crime
  • HGA321 Special Topics in Criminology
  • HGA338 Preventing Violence Against Women: Theory, Policy and Practice


Our Honours program provides students with an advanced exploration of Criminology Comprised of specialised core units and a research thesis or project, study at the honours level introduces skills and methods involved in independent research.

The Professional Honours course allows students to develop a body of knowledge in Criminology for personal, career or professional development. Students complete core units from their area of interest, and a selection of complementary units. This course is intended for students who wish to further enhance their studies in a discipline, without progressing into higher research degrees.

In 2019, the School of Social Sciences is offering the below units, including breadth units, which contain content from this discipline. Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of units.

Semester 1

HGA422 Understanding Contemporary Societies

HGA518 Criminological Theory and Practice

Semester 1 & 2

HGA403 Reading Course

HGA407 Directed Study

HGA408 Thesis A

HGA409 Thesis B

Your learning experience in Criminology goes beyond the lecture and tutorials.

You will be taught by experts, and gain perspective from guest lecturers and forums; study abroad for a fortnight, a month, a semester or a year, as part of your degree; have options to complete your studies your way, whether on-campus, online, part-time or full-time;  pursue your passion or specialisation with a range of scholarships, bursaries and financial assistance programs, or meet your career goals with our pathway options.

The School of Social Sciences, as part of the College of Arts, Law and Education offers a growing collection of units that are available to be completed either wholly or partially online to enable flexible study.

* The online availability for each unit is indicated on each individual unit page under ‘Availability’, then ‘Attendance options’ by the ‘Off-Campus’ icon .


As a student of Social Sciences both the University and the School provide access to a variety of scholarships and bursaries at a University, College of Arts, Law and Education and Discipline level. The main application period begins in August, and closes on the 31st October the year prior to study commencing.

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The College also offers a financial assistance program for students wishing to undertake Short Term Overseas Study Programs.

Short Term Overseas Study Program College assistance and mobility grants

Don't meet the traditional entry requirements? The School of Social Sciences offers an alternative entry pathway into our undergraduate programs. The Arts pathway is a great introduction into university study, and can assist you in gaining the qualifications and experience you need for your chosen career. This foundation year of study provides students with the skills and knowledge related to studying the arts and social sciences, with additional support and guidance to help you succeed.

Whether you intend to study a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Science, completing this year of foundation study in Diploma of University Studies (Arts Specialisation) (21A) will assist you in achieving your goals.

Pathway Programs at the University

An overseas study program gives you the opportunity to experience different cultures, study languages, undertake work placement or internships, make new friends and explore the world while receiving credit toward your degree. It provides a 'total immersion' experience in a variety of study areas and locations. You can choose a program length that suits you, from a 2-week fieldtrip, a short-term summer program to a full semester (or two).

Overseas Study opportunities at the College of Arts, Law and Education

Applications for the summer 2019/20 round are open 5 August through 30 August.

Are you studying:

  • law or law/business
  • social sciences * anthropology * archaeology * sociology * community development * cultural heritage * education * environmental management * history * human geography * Indigenous studies * media/communications * film * music * creative arts * STEM
  • health science/social welfare * psychology * social work * paramedicine

Aurora Internship Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and graduates

Are you interested in a funded internship in your area of study?

See the Aurora Internship Program Flyer | Indigenous (PDF 2.1 MB ) or speak to your Course Coordinator.

Are you keen to experience working in the Indigenous sector?

Do you have an interest in native title, land rights, policy development, social welfare, legal aid, community/environmental development?

See the Aurora Internship Program Flyer (PDF 2.1 MB) or speak to your Course Coordinator.

For more information go to The Aurora Project Internship Program

Take your passion for ideas further than you ever imagined.

We offer a collegial, supportive environment, with experienced supervision, regular seminar series, research skills training, and many opportunities to work with peers and academics on your areas of interest. We supervise across a range of methodologies and conceptual/theoretical approaches, and encourage scholarship that draws on ideas from across diverse fields.

Choose a research topic that reflects your interests and identify a supervisor with the expertise to guide you in your research. Search for a discipline staff member via our staff profiles, or by their area or expertise through the University Research page.

The School of Social Sciences welcomes qualified applicants to undertake a research degree with us in any of our areas of research strengths and interests.

Masters by Research
Doctorates (PhD)

To find out about application procedures, entry requirements, and scholarships, please visit the Research Degrees web page.


Our research in Criminology focuses in particular on housing and community studies, the environment, health sociology, and criminology. Our diverse research interests include housing, religion, green criminology, Indigenous issues, tourism, sport and leisure, identity, and health and illness. Much research in Sociology and Criminology is applied in nature and has a strong focus on social policy.

Our work is published in leading journals and by top-tier academic presses, we have access to an international network of top-flight researchers, and members of our team have received prestigious research grants and fellowships.

We welcome proposals from qualified applicants to undertake research degrees in PhDs and Masters, and are pleased to discuss research proposals that cross disciplines, including law, science, creative arts, business, economics and health sciences.

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Prof Rob White

Featured Researcher | Prof Rob White

Criminologist Professor Rob White is pioneering the field of green criminology internationally. He has published seven books on the topic. His research examines three interconnected justice-related approaches to environmental harm. Read about Rob's commentary on Criminality and Climate Change

View Rob's full researcher profile Browse our academic staff profiles