Bachelor of Criminology with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (B Crim LLB(Hons))

Program Code


Academic Year


Special Notes

The double degree of Bachelor of Criminology with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is not an entry program.

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The double degree of Bachelor of Criminology with Bachelor of Laws (Hons) offers students a unique insight into the sociology of crime and deviance and the operation of the Australian legal system, with particular strengths in criminal justice policy and practice. The double degree provides a broadly based liberal and academic education suitable for graduates who wish to become legal practitioners, or to pursue careers in government, commerce, industry, community organisations or academic institutions.

The program consists of compulsory courses in the disciplines of law and criminology which provide students with a sound understanding of legal and criminological concepts, processes and methods. In addition, students choose from a range of elective courses in areas of specialised interest in both law and criminology.

The Honours Degree of the Bachelor of Laws provides a deeper knowledge in a particular area of law, with a focus on high level research and writing skills. Students will develop a greater understanding of original research, and learn to construct, refine, develop and write a major research essay. Graduates with Honours will be particularly suited to careers involving research. The program is structured to incorporate a substantial research focus.

The Bachelor of Criminology with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 4.5 years.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Understand and synthesise a broad and coherent body of knowledge in a Criminology including relevant concepts, theories, skills, debates, emerging issues, and methods of inquiry. Analyse, evaluate and synthesise complex legal information. Understand the concept of original research and develop a deep understanding of a particular area of law.
2. Apply an advanced level of creative and critical thinking to identify and solve problems within complex social contexts using rigorous techniques of inquiry involving a variety of primary and secondary sources. Construct a theme for a research project, refine the theme through engaging in research, and develop an outline.
3. Communicate effectively in a range of spoken and written modes and formats within discipline and professional contexts in a variety of social, cultural and linguistic situations and contribute productively to group-based outcomes. Write a major research paper demonstrating a coherent and original argument.
4. Demonstrate career readiness and leadership skills appropriate for beginning professional practice including: 4.1 lifelong learning skills characterised by academic rigour 4.2 self direction 4.3 intellectual independence.
5. Demonstrate Information technology skills to access, store, manage, analyse and present discipline-based information and data, and to communicate effectively with others. Incorporate diverse perspectives into analysis of law, and appreciate the legal and ethical obligations governing lawyers in the practice of law.
6. Demonstrate lifelong learning skills characterised by academic rigour, self-direction and intellectual independence, ability to organise their time and manage a major project to timely completion.

Condition of Enrolment
Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Criminology with Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

There shall be a Bachelor of Criminology with Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Bachelor of Criminology with Bachelor of Laws (Honours), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following courses with a combined total of not less than 108 units, comprising:

  • Core courses to the value of 75 units
  • Research dissertation courses to the value of 9 units.
  • Criminology closed elective courses to the value of 12 units
  • Law closed elective courses to the value of 12 units