Bachelor of Criminology



Delivery Mode On campus
Location Penrith; Bankstown
Duration  3F / 6P
Intake Information Semester 2 - (Spring); Semester 1 (Autumn)
Apply Direct Code 1710.2
UAC Code 727030 [Bankstown]; 727033 [Penrith]
Entrance Rank 68.30 [Bankstown]; 68.05 [Penrith]
Fee Information

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Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.



Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationPenrith; Bankstown
Intake informationSemester 2 - (Spring); Semester 1 (Autumn)
Course Code1710.2 [CRICOS Code 00917K] 
Entrance Rank

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Fee Information

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Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.


The Bachelor of Criminology degree from Western Sydney University gives you the opportunity to study criminology, crime and criminal justice in a critical and applied way. The method of study stresses the legal, social and cultural definitions of criminality and the reactions to these. Areas of focus include: criminal justice institutions and practices; the development of criminology as a discipline; forms and patterns of victimisation; crime prevention strategies and debates; aspects of juvenile justice; offending, prisons and different forms of punishment; law enforcement and surveillance; violence, gender and crime; restorative and international criminal justice; cultural depictions of crime and contemporary debates in criminology.

The degree will equip you with the specialist skills and knowledge that a new graduate needs on entering the professional workforce or on proceeding to advanced university study.

Our students may also complete a sub-major in another social science. These sub-majors include: Child and Community Studies; Geography and Urban Studies; Heritage and Tourism; Peace and Development Studies;  Psychological Studies; and Sociology.


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Career opportunities for Bachelor of Criminology

Community development worker

Working in community development involves collaborating to make collective decisions about how a particular community can move forward in a beneficial way. You work with individuals and families as well as whole communities to provide advice, services and plans for them to achieve particular goals. Often, community development workers act as a link between volunteer organisations and the community.

Police Officer

With further training and/or qualifications, you may become a registered police officer. Police officers may specialise in certain areas including counter-terrorism, child protection or investigation to name a few. They are responsible with enforcing the law and detecting and preventing crime.

Casework and case management

A caseworker provides individuals with advice, services and direction that relate to their interests. Caseworkers work for a variety of government, non-government and voluntary organisations usually in the areas of child protection, drug and alcohol services or community health.

Correctional officer

Correctional officers work in prisons and correctional centres to ensure the safe supervision of inmates. Their duties involve observing prison behaviour, providing advice, administering first aid, assessing risk factors and preparing reports.

Youth Worker

Youth workers support and advise young people on their behaviorial, environmental or developmental needs. The work involves writing reports, assessing needs and risks as well as conducting programs amongst other things.

Policy development

Policy development involves researching, compiling and analysing a range of facts specific to a community and creating it as a policy that will benefit the wider community. You may specify in the area of crime and crime prevention.


With further qualifications, you may become a lawyer specialising in criminal law.

Academic Profile

Professor Stephen Tomsen

Stephen Tomsen is Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at the University of Western Sydney. Previously he was the Associate Dean / Research Training, Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle, Deputy Director of the Sydney Institute of Criminology at the University of Sydney, and he has held visiting fellowships in the United Kingdom (Birkbeck, Keele and Westminster), the University of Wash…

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How to apply

All domestic applications for entry to Western Sydney University undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window). Step by step instructions are available on the Apply Now pages.

Instructions for international applications are available on the International Admissions pages.