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Best Criminology Degrees Online in Australia

The leading criminology programs, including bachelor's and master's degrees.

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You can study criminology online with Australian universities. Criminology can be taken as a major within social science programs. Universities also offer specialist degree courses.

  • Criminology is a large study field which is connected to social science, psychology, law and science.
  • Graduates of online courses pursue careers in crime prevention, detection and justice.

Criminology can be combined with the study of other subjects. As a bachelor degree student, you can choose units from social science and other fields to support your career goals.

Contemporary criminologists investigate a broad range of topics including justice, conflict, deviance, security, policing, drugs and violence. Key concerns include the nature of crime, how crime is defined, why crimes are committed and how society responds to criminal behaviour.

Online Bachelor Degree Courses

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Australian online universities offer high-quality courses in the social sciences, including criminology.

  • You may be able to start a degree with criminology as one of multiple possible majors. You may not have to settle on a single major until the 2nd or 3rd year of a bachelor program.
  • By choosing complementary elective units from other disciplines, you can construct the ideal program to further your career goals.

Here are the best bachelor degrees. We've chosen the top courses based on program depth, job relevance and grad survey ratings (where available).

Deakin University - Bachelor of Criminology

Deakin University's Bachelor of Criminology explores criminal behavior, justice systems, and societal impacts of crime. Developed with industry bodies like Victoria Police, the program emphasises practical experiences through work-integrated learning. Offering a blend of compulsory and elective units, it prepares students for diverse careers in criminology. Available at Burwood, Waurn Ponds, or online, the course requires an ATAR starting at 60 and can be completed in three years full-time.

University of New England - Bachelor of Criminology

The University of New England offers a specialist Bachelor of Criminology. The degree covers aspects of forensic science, criminal law, the criminal justice system, and the sociology of deviance. It also provides practical experience via its WorkReady program, which partners with industry leaders such as the NSW Police Force. Graduates work in border control, corrective services, government agencies, intelligence and security, juvenile justice, policing, and social welfare.

Griffith University - Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University is a 1.5-year full-time or 3-year part-time program. It covers advanced criminological theories, research methods, and justice systems, preparing students for roles in law enforcement, policy development, and academia. The course offers flexible online delivery and the option to focus on areas like cybercrime or forensic psychology. Graduates are ready to lead and innovate in the criminal justice sector.

† Online courses are available in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Gold Coast, Newcastle. Australia-wide.