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Start Date
January, April, June, September

3 year(s) full-time


Time Commitment
10 - 15 hours per week per course

Program Code

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Full-time or part-time

AUD$ 25,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024
AUD$ 27,100 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2025

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
  • IELTS speaking [6.0]
  • IELTS listening [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Gain a holistic understanding of the causes of criminal behaviour, the inner workings of the criminal justice system, and the skills required to advocate for social justice.
  • Explore contemporary approaches to topics such as youth justice, offender rehabilitation and desistance, human rights, cybercrime, victimology and globalised crime.
  • Learn the core principles, approaches and assessment techniques used in industry.
  • Develop analytical and research skills and apply these to real issues and scenarios.
  • Study an award-winning1 degree informed by industry experts, including current and former police officers, high-ranking detectives, researchers working in partnership with the Australian Institute of Criminology, and legal specialists.

1The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) Teaching Excellence Award, 2019.



Study On Demand – this is a 100% online criminology and criminal justice degree designed specifically for online learning. With UniSA Online, you can take full control over your study, access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log in to the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

Crime impacts almost every facet of society, from cybercrime costing Australians billions of dollars each year, to violence and vandalism affecting the safety and liveability of communities.

Understanding the motivations behind criminal behaviour is integral for professionals on the frontline of the justice system as they work to prevent crime, assist those affected by it, and minimise its impact on society.

Informed by the most up-to-date research, current trends, industry experience and digital innovations, this degree provides a holistic understanding of the psychological, sociological and legal factors influencing contemporary criminology and criminal justice. You’ll graduate with highly sought after skills and knowledge, ready to step straight into a rewarding career.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You’ll develop a fundamental understanding of crime and the criminal justice system, spanning policing investigations and intelligence, human rights and social justice, offender desistance and rehabilitation, and justice in practice, coupled with critical research and analytical skills.

Learn from industry experts and criminal justice specialists, and examine policing investigation and intelligence through a custom-made feature film unique to UniSA. You’ll be challenged to apply your knowledge to timely issues, including cybercrime, the over-representation of minority groups in the justice system, crimes related to gender and sexuality, and how policing practices affect Aboriginal Peoples.

Study the same contemporary principles, approaches and assessment techniques used in industry, ensuring you have a competitive edge in launching a new career or advancing in your current field. Our experienced academics have brought together strong industry connections and cutting-edge research to deliver an interactive and industry-recognised degree.

Tailor your learning to your interests with the opportunity to choose a minor in psychology, social policy, community health, ageing and disability or public health, allowing you to gain specialised and in-demand skills.

Graduate with the essential skills and technical knowledge to make a difference in a complex field, advocating for positive change to improve the lives of individuals and communities, and make a lasting impact on real issues.

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.



All assessments, including exams (if required) are 100% online, meaning you’ll never need to travel to submit an assignment or find an exam venue.

Some of your assessments may include:

  • an industry-relevant project
  • an online presentation
  • essays and reports.

Degree structure

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

First year
, Note(s): 1
, Note(s): 1
Second year
, Note(s): 1
UO Youth Justice (JUST 2014)
, Note(s): 1
Third year
UO Victimology (JUST 3008)
, Note(s): 1
UO Globalised Crime (JUST 3010)

Study Criminology and Criminal Justice on demand

Program Director, Associate Professor Ben Livings, gives an insight into what the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice is about, and how the degree has been designed to give future professionals a competitive edge.

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Why Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Why this Degree

Study an award winning1 degree designed to respond to increasing industry demand for criminology and criminal justice specialists, with a curriculum that delves deeper than just process and procedure to examine crime and justice through an interdisciplinary lens.

Criminology and criminal justice professionals have a unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people and the wellbeing of society, whether it be within the local community or on the global stage.

With a focus on applied learning, the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice will equip you with the skills to not just administer or enforce criminal justice, but to understand the causes and effects of crime, how relevant systems could be enhanced, and how to advocate for a more just society.

If you want to help people as they navigate the justice system, contribute to a better understanding of crime and criminal behaviour, improve the outcomes for vulnerable groups through systemic policy change and action, investigate and prevent crime, or advocate for human rights and social justice, a career in criminology and criminal justice could be the perfect way to turn your passion into real impact.

1The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) Teaching Excellence Award, 2019.

Career outcomes


Your career

Careers within the criminology and criminal justice sector encompass a diverse range of opportunities and pathways, including roles in government agencies, law enforcement, intelligence, social welfare, research, rehabilitation, corrections and not-for-profit organisations.

Careers to consider:

  • Criminologist: Work with law enforcement agencies to develop crime prevention strategies and policies; analyse and interpret emerging trends in crime, antisocial behaviour and sentencing; research issues related to crime and the justice system, including victim impact, offender rehabilitation and social justice; examine the causes of criminal behaviour, and the psychological and sociological influences on offenders.
  • Policy adviser: Develop and analyse policies guiding the design, implementation and modification of government or commercial operations and programs; conduct environmental scans to identify and develop options to address topical and emerging issues, trends, risks and opportunities in the criminal justice system; research, analyse and prepare papers, briefings and reports on a range of criminal justice issues.
  • Strategic policy and planning manager: Lead policy development and planning activities to help inform the ways in which criminal justice activities occur; provide authoritative policy advice on complex and potentially sensitive strategic matters; possess an understanding of the criminal justice system, key stakeholders and contemporary challenges, as well as government functions and processes; inform the community about changes to legislation and reform.
  • Police officer (with further training): Investigate crime and respond to community safety concerns; enforce the law to maintain public order, including patrolling public areas or making arrests; attend critical incidents and emergencies and assist victims of crime and accidents; gather evidence, interview victims, witnesses and offenders, and prepare detailed reports.
  • Intelligence and policy analyst: Gather, analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources; determine the significance and reliability of incoming information; establish and maintain intelligence records and files; develop and analyse policies to guide the design, implementation and modification of government and commercial operations and programs.
  • Correctional services officer: Undertake a frontline role in the prison system, and be responsible for a wide range of duties relating to the safety, security and welfare of prisoners; manage day-to-day issues and contribute to the ongoing rehabilitation of offenders; develop and deliver rehabilitative and training programs for offenders; write clear and concise reports, statements and records; assess and counsel offenders in matters affecting their welfare, security, behaviour and routines.
  • Child protection officer: Respond to the concerns regarding the safety and wellbeing of children; help families strengthen their capacity to provide care and safety for children and other family members; manage alternative care for children and young people removed from unsafe environments.

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Your study experience and support

Study On Demand

Our online career-focused degrees give you full control and ultimate flexibility over your study. It’s Study On Demand, on your schedule, on your terms.

  • Designed specifically for your online learning
    Designed by a team of academic and online experts, our course materials are delivered in an interactive way using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources.
  • Study when it suits you
    Our online degrees support students who lead busy lifestyles. With four start dates a year in January, March, July and September there is no need to interrupt your life.
  • Take control of your study schedule
    With all content available from day one of your course, you have the power to plan your study schedule in advance. 
  • Finish each course in 10 weeks
    Our courses are delivered within 10-week terms to keep you motivated throughout your degree. Study two courses a term or just one.
  • 100% online study
    You won’t need to come onto campus for coursework, assessments or exams. Complete all study for your degree where it suits you.
  • Get the help you need
    Whether you need help with course content or assessments, we offer the academic support and services you need to be successful in your studies.
  • Adjust your study to your life
    There’s no need to interrupt work and family life or spend money on travel and student accommodation. Organise study around your life.
  • Learn from world-renowned academics
    Get a degree that’s designed and taught by leading academics and industry professionals.
  • 100% online interactive learning environment
    Our interactive online learning environment supports all your study needs. Log in anytime, on any device, wherever it suits you.
  • Access a library of over 700,000 digital resources
    Access a library of more than 700,000 digital resources including e-books, videos and journal articles. Our Ask the Library virtual service can help you locate, access, evaluate, use and reference a range of information resources.

Why UniSA Online?

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Our graduates get jobs

UniSA is ranked as the number one university in Australia for graduate employability.1 Join a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA Online degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career or take it to the next level.

Specifically designed for online learning

Our team of academic and online experts have created interactive and media-rich course material using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. Every degree has been specifically designed for online learning to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge for your future career.

Backed by industry

Every UniSA Online degree is overseen by an experienced industry advisory board. We've also consulted with industry experts with a wealth of experience to design course content that reflects the most cutting-edge developments in your field. Our industry connections will enrich your online study experience - you'll be presented with industry problems that real organisations face. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge that industry are telling us they need in graduates.

Expand your professional network from wherever you are

Online study doesn’t mean studying on your own. You’ll connect with a community of other like-minded students – you’ll be able to share, debate and collaborate ideas through virtual classrooms, online chat, video conferencing, and online communication tools.

1 QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey, 2020-22 – Employability Skills Indicator. Public universities.

Student support

Student services

Studying can be challenging, especially when you’re also juggling work and other life commitments. You’re not studying 9-5, Monday to Friday, which is why we provide personalised, extended hour support services – including on weekends – so you can get help when you need it. 

Dedicated Student Adviser support

Our Student Advisers will be an important part of your student journey – they’ll help you enrol, discuss your study goals, communication preferences, and will be your first point of call for all your general study questions. They’ll link you to an extensive range of support services and resources across the University and will help schedule appointments with specialised services if required.

Online academic support seven days a week

You’ll be supported by our highly experienced academic team of Online Course Facilitators and Online Tutors. Our academics will guide you through your learning and ensure you have an outstanding, high-quality education.

They can help you with your course materials and assessments, provide feedback on your work, assist you with referencing as well as answer any other course-specific queries. You’ll be able to contact your academics via email, online discussion forums and live messages in the online learning environment. You can also communicate in real-time and chat face-to-face with your academics online.

24/7 tech support

Our IT Help Desk is available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, student email, software requirements and other UniSA apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support no matter what time it is.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment supports all your study needs. You’ll be able to track your progress through the student dashboard, plan your study schedule, receive reminders on due dates for tasks and assessments, as well as collaborate and network with a community of other like-minded students.

Using innovative technology in online education, your study experience will be highly personalised based on your learning activities throughout your degree. Just like your own personal study coach, you’ll get tailored feedback to enhance your learning outcomes and ensure you’re successful in your studies.

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What others are saying

As a Case Management Coordinator, I am tasked with informing prisoners of their rehabilitation program requirements as a part of their individualised plan. I field questions from prisoners on a daily basis regarding SA Police, prosecutions, court, sentencing, programs, home detention and parole among other things. A holistic understanding of the criminal justice system is very important in order to give prisoners accurate information as they inevitably interact with each agency within the system.

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Kelly Fox

Bachelor of Criminal Justice


Kelly Fox

Bachelor of Criminal Justice

I've found the experience of studying online with UniSA to be well above my expectations. I’m able to attend online classes with ease and find answers to many of my questions in the online student forums, and study at my own pace while still being pushed. Studying for my degree and achieving high grades has given me a real sense of accomplishment. I plan to eventually pursue a career in law enforcement or the legal sector where I can combine all the knowledge I’ve learnt and really make a difference, and I want to prove to people that I might have a disability, but anything is possible if you put your mind to it!  

Justin Jackson

Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Justin Jackson

Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

IT Requirements

Generally, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Microsoft Edge, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)
  • Some UniSA Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible). 
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them. 
  • Get free access to LinkedIn Learning - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as: the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Microsoft Teams, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime. See if your degree requires specialised software.

Check your device

Our computer system test will determine if your device has the base system resources and software required to study online. It'll also check the speed of your internet connection.

See if your computer, laptop or device is all set up and ready to go – it takes just a few seconds.

How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

  1. Submit an online enquiry

    If you're ready to apply, the first step is to fill out and submit our online enquiry form. Here you'll be asked a series of questions to see if you're eligible. Following your online enquiry, one of our Degree Advisers will contact you at your preferred time to discuss the application process.

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  2. Speak to a Degree Adviser and start your application

    If you're eligible, you'll receive an email outlining the entry requirements and the relevant documentation you need in order to be considered.

    In order to verify your academic qualifications, you'll need to upload relevant documents like your official parchment, certificates or transcripts. If you have work experience, you will need to upload your CV as well as any other documents like work references, professional recognition or accreditation or your training certification.

    Your email will contain information on the specific documents you need to provide as well as a link to begin your application. You'll be asked to create an account and set your own password.

  3. Complete your application and send through your documents

    In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

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Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

Online Course Facilitator

I have 20 years of experience working as a police officer in the South Australian Police (SAPOL) service and have spent the past 12 years working in criminal justice and police education. I’ve developed and delivered educational programs for local communities as well as corporate, judicial and policing environments. In addition to my industry background, I hold qualifications in adult education, management, government and justice administration.

Bec Medhurst

Online Course Facilitator

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Bec Medhurst

Online Course Facilitator


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