Be inspired by the cutting edge, award-winning research in criminology at Monash. This important and exciting area of study is delivered by a team of internationally recognised academics, and provides you with critical perspectives on issues of crime, justice, security and risk. The sophisticated skills and knowledge you’ll acquire from studying criminology at Monash will open up careers in a variety of sectors at local and international levels.

Available as a major or minor.

What is it?

Criminology addresses how we construct crime, its possible causes and how society should respond. It explores a broad range of topics including policing, punishment, gender, race and ethnicity, victimisations and barriers to accessing justice within local and international contexts. It investigates various perspectives and methodological approaches, and develops a sound basis for independent, critical thinking about some of society’s most pressing issues.

Crime is an issue which all citizens and governments confront on a daily basis. Many thousands of people in the public and private sectors are employed to deal with the prevention and consequences of crime. They make important decisions about the daily lives and freedoms of thousands of citizens. The causes of crime and how it should be dealt with are the subject of intense debate.

The Criminology program provides students with the skills to understand the complexities of crime, to learn about the various stages of the criminal justice system, to critically analyse its workings and tensions and to explore alternative strategies.

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.


Exciting Career Prospects

Criminology graduates possess in-depth knowledge and broad skills enabling them to enter a number of professions within and beyond criminal justice.

Many of our Criminology graduates have continued on to a range of areas of employment in government and non-government organisations, and within the private sector. In the criminal justice field, graduates have been employed in diverse roles within the police, corrections, Department of Justice, Attorney General’s department, human and social services, legal centres and community and human rights organisations.

Study Abroad

Criminology offers opportunities to study in Europe – at the Prato Centre in Italy. Some of our students also take units in degree programs offered in US universities.

Opportunities for work experience

If you choose to pursue Honours after your undergraduate course, you have the option to undertake an internship in the Border Crossing Observatory and engage in hands-on learning.