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This program is for students commencing from 2019

Students commencing prior to 2019 should refer to the program rules for the year in which they started.

The Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice (BCCJ) is an innovative and interdisciplinary field of study with a real world focus designed to explore your interests in crime, deviance, social control and the legal system. Contemporary criminological scholars investigate a broad range of topics including justice, conflict, risk, security, policing, state crime, alternative justice systems, criminalisation and regulation. Key concerns include the nature of crime, how crime is defined and measured, why people commit crime and how societies might respond. Criminologists tackle 'real world' social problems including victimisation, juvenile justice, drug-related harm, community safety, Indigenous justice, organised crime and corrections. Criminology is shaped by scholars in law, philosophy, psychology and sociology, and other interdisciplinary fields including history, politics, economics, architecture, and cultural studies. The UNSW BCCJ also provides you with the skills of applied social research and policy analysis.

You can complete the Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice full-time in single mode (normally 3 years), in dual mode (the equivalent of two years full-time) or part-time. The basic requirements of the program are simple. The program has a depth component and a breadth component. If you are enrolled in single mode, you do both the depth and breadth component. If you are enrolled in dual mode, you only complete the depth component.

The depth component (Blue Zone) is:

  1. The completion of a Criminology Core (36 UOC - 6 courses)
  2. The completion of a Social Research and Policy Core (42 UOC - 7 courses)
  3. The completion of Prescribed Criminology Electives (18 UOC - 3 courses)

The breadth component (if you are completing the program in single mode) (Green Zone) is:

  1. UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Electives (12 UOC - 2 courses)
  2. Free Electives (24 UOC - 4 courses)
  3. General Education (12 UOC - 2 courses)


Study Level


Typical duration

3 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1, Term 3

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Bachelors Pass


Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice - BCCJ

UAC Code




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Program Structure

Students must complete 144 UOC as a standalone program.

  1. Criminology Core (36 UOC)
  2. Social Research and Policy Core (42 UOC)
  3. Prescribed Criminology Electives (18 UOC)
  4. UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Electives (12 UOC)
  5. Free Electives (24 UOC)
  6. General Education (12 UOC)

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Progression Requirements


University Medal

Award of Pass with Distinction

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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