Leading researchers develop new Criminology degree at Monash


Responding to a global demand for criminology graduates trained in the current complex and varying nature of crime, leading criminologists at the School of Social Science have developed Monash University’s new Bachelor of Criminology.

Dean of Arts, Sharon Pickering says students will benefit from the ground-breaking work being done by its criminology researchers who are solving some of today’s most pressing challenges.

The Bachelor of Criminology takes a global focus on crimes that cause widespread measurable harm and the prevention of these harms. Units will cover transnational crime, policing, incarceration and domestic violence in addition to new and emerging issues in criminology including cybercrime, counter-terrorism and image-based abuse.

These problems are approached through an interdisciplinary lens, providing students with industry-relevant, specialist skills to respond to contemporary problems in Australia and internationally.

Using innovative, state of the art approaches to teaching and learning, our students will acquire a deep understanding of the complexity of social problems and the role and responsibilities of governing organisations in responding to these problems and be able to apply this knowledge in a rapidly changing and ever increasing globalised society.

Students will engage with research and policy leaders in crime and justice and experience criminal justice in action in a range of international, national and local contexts. This course will provide access to the expertise of specialists in the field, increasing engagement with pressing issues of the day and increasing the employability of students

The degree also includes international comparative study tours through Asia, the United States and the United Kingdom. The study tours expose students to issues surrounding crime and punishment in foreign contexts, the factors that lead people to crime, and the measures being taken to prevent these crimes in the international community, thus empowering students to apply these insights to solve issues in Australian and international contexts.

Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes, the Criminology Convenor, says “The Bachelor of Criminology at Monash will be a cutting edge program aimed at equipping students with the professional skills, specialist knowledge and key capabilities relevant to careers in a wide range of Criminology related fields”.

Upon completion of this course, graduates will be prepared to work in a broad range of professional domains, including: International Criminal Justice Organisations, Anti-Corruption organisations, Human Rights Organisations, local and Federal Police Forces, the Courts system, Department of Justice, Attorney-General’s Departments, Community Legal Centres, and a range of private organisations in which Criminology specialist skills will provide a key competitive advantage.

The Bachelor of Criminology at Monash University will commence at the start of 2019, for more information and to enrol, please visit: https://arts.monash.edu/bachelor-of-criminology/


Monash University is Australia’s largest university ranked in the world’s top 1% (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018). With campuses at both Caulfield and Clayton, it is one of the most highly regarded research and teaching universities in the country. Monash University’s Faculty of Arts is internationally renowned for cutting-edge research in humanities, social sciences, languages and performing arts.

Monash Arts offers undergraduate degrees in Arts (humanities and social sciences), Music, Media and Communication and Global Studies as well as 35 double degree combinations. There are 12 postgraduate programs and a vibrant graduate research program with traditional and practice-based Masters by research and PhDs.

The Faculty has the largest offering of overseas study programs in the country, many of which are unique in their approach.  Monash Arts is first preference for individuals looking to make a difference in their careers

For more information, please visit https://arts.monash.edu/.

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