Understand the problems created by crime and seek out solutions to address crime and deviance.
Research cybercrime, organised crime, and terrorism
Use critical and creative thinking to solve crime-related problems and discover the influence crime has on policy and public opinion.
Investigate policing and crime prevention techniques
Research surveillance practices in contemporary society. Find out how analysing big data is challenging the way we gather intelligence on criminal behaviour.
Explore practical crime prevention tactics
Examine and debate criminal and anti-social behaviour.
Think critically in the study of crime and deviancy
As a student of criminology, study the growing field of crime science crime and deviancy from different perspectives including sociology, cultural studies and law.
A career path with multiple opportunities
- Operational professions in the criminal justice system (policing, security, intelligence, corrections and court administration)
- Critical welfare and support roles which enhance outcomes for victims, offenders and the community at large
- Policy-making, research, education or entrepreneurial roles for a diverse cast of employers including Commonwealth, state or local government agencies, universities, schools and various other training or service providers
- In addition, you can choose to combine your studies in Criminology with Psychology, Law, Forensics Medicine, Digital Media, or Environmental Policy and Management and chart a career that takes advantage of both unique skill sets (e.g. psychologist, lawyer, forensics).
"The assessments have been really interesting and engaging, whether assessing how the economics of crime and culture relate to criminal culture, or the opportunity to analyse crimes in the media, I have been able to apply my experience and skills, practically and theoretically. The lecturers and teaching staff are also very supportive, taking the time to share their knowledge, experiences and are accessible and happy to spend time with students."
"Studying the Bachelor of Criminology has allowed me to learn about different areas of crime and deviance from both a social and scientific perspective. My degree has increased my knowledge in an area which I’m fascinated in, making my life at university enjoyable and rewarding."
How can I study criminology?
You can choose Criminology as an elective in most University of Adelaide degrees, or as a major or minor in the following:
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)
- Bachelor of Arts (Criminology)
- Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management
- Bachelor of Peace and Conflict Studies
- Bachelor of Social Sciences
Or undertake honours