The Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Hons) is a specialised program of study that prepares you for a career as a criminologist. You will study criminological theory, criminal justice, criminological research methods, criminal law and professional practice in criminology and criminal justice. Your program of study culminates in a fourth year of study that brings together theory, research and industry-relevant specialist skills to provide you with a sound platform for employment or further study. As a criminologist, you will understand how the justice system works, why people commit crimes, and have the skills and knowledge to contribute towards preventing and controlling crime and social problems that face contemporary society. This is a new program with staged introduction of new courses. 

Program Planner

You are required to obtain 64 units from the BCCJ(Hons) course list, comprising:

  • 34 units from Part A (core compulsory courses); and
  • 14 units from Part B (electives); and comprising a maximum of 8 units of introductory courses, and a minimum of 6 units of later year courses; and
  • 16 units from Part C (Honours year compulsory)

    Refer to BCCJ(Hons) rules for further information.

See the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Honours).


The standard full-time workload at UQ is 16 units (8 courses) over the year. So this breaks down to 8 units (4 courses) each semester. The BCCJ(Hons) is a structured program where some courses must be studied before others. You don’t have to decide what Part B elective courses you want to do for your whole program at the start of first semester; we only ask you to choose these courses one year at a time. All you need to worry about at this stage is choosing two Part B elective courses for semester one and two Part B elective courses for semester two.  The first year BCCJ(Hons) study plan is below, with the entire recommended program plan here:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Course 1 - CRIM1000 (Part A) - 2 units Course 1 - CRIM1019 (Part A) - 2 units
Course 2 - CRIM1111 (Part A) - 2 units Course 2 - LAWS1110 (Part A) - 2 units
Course 3 - Introductory Part B elective - 2 units Course 3 - Introductory Part B elective - 2 units
Course 4 - Introductory Part B elective - 2 units Course 4 - Introductory or Later year Part B elective - 2 units
Please refer to the course list and program rules on the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Honours) courses and program website.

Please note that the program planner is a guide only and does not enrol you in your courses, you must enrol in courses through mySI-net.

What courses do I need to do?

To ensure that students are familiar with their program rules and requirements we ask that all students complete a self-progression check in the first instance. Then if you still have questions or concerns about your outstanding program requirements the Faculty would be happy to review your progression check and provide advice. To complete a progression check please use the following steps:

Step 1 – Print out your studies report from mySI-net using the following steps:

  • Log into mySI-net
  • From the top left-hand side menu select the option for ‘Studies Report’
  • Follow the prompts

Step 2 – Select your program from the list:

Step 3 – Select your year of commencement from the top right hand side and click ‘Change’.

Step 4 – Go to ‘Program Rules and Requirements’ and ensure that you have understanding of your program requirements, for example, do you need to select a major; is there an advanced level requirement etc. Once you understand your program requirements you can move to the next step.  

Step 5 - Select the green course list button on the left hand menu.

Step 6 – Compare your studies report to the course list and tick off the courses you have completed, and note the courses you are planning to complete in the future. Ensuring that you have completed all of your compulsory courses, and courses towards your major(s).

Step 7 – Once you have gone through and ticked off all of your completed courses, view your program rules and requirements again to ensure that you are meeting all requirements (e.g. overall structural requirements, advanced level requirements etc). Ensure you can tick off that you have completed (or are planning to complete) all of the requirements.

Please Note

  • To have your progression check verified by a Student Administration Officer, or if you have questions or concerns, please upload your completed check by signing in here using your UQ username and password.  Please ensure that you upload your studies report, course list(s) (ensuring you have indicated all completed courses and future enrolments), and program rules with your notes;
  • A course may only count once toward the program (including dual programs);
  • Dual degree students must consult with the relevant faculty regarding outstanding requirements for the other component of the dual.

Plan your Exchange Experience          

1.      Start planning early!

You need to start preparing for exchange at least 12 months prior:

  • Visit the UQ Global Experiences website for information on eligibility, the application process, links to seminars and to read about others’ experiences.
  • Attend an information session conducted by UQ Global Experiences
  • Refer to the BCCJ (Hons) Exchange planner* that demonstrates how an exchange semester can be incorporated into your program. As this is a structured program you must undertake exchange in Year 2 Semester 2.
  • Remember to save 6 to 8 units of electives for your exchange semester.
  • If you need help with planning your program, contact the Faculty of HASS.

*to open as an editable form, please right click on the link and save as PDF or open in Internet Explorer/ Microsoft Edge

2.      Consider Course Constraints

  • Students in the BCCJ (Hons) must go on exchange in Year 2, Semester 2, and for the duration of one semester only, as the program is structured where course prerequisites must be met before progression to more advanced courses, and the honours (fourth) year which commences from Semester 1 only and must be studied at UQ.
  • It is strongly recommended that you save 2 to 4 units of Part B Introductory electives and 2 to 4 units of Part B Later Year electives and undertake these while on exchange to give yourself the most choice and flexibility when choosing universities and should your pre-approved courses at your host university not be available on arrival.
  • In order to undertake an exchange semester in this program it may be necessary for you to undertake the equivalent of 2 units of core courses while on exchange hence the list of host institutions that are known to offer relevant material is reasonably restrictive.
  • If for any reason, a suitably equivalent core course and/or a Part B Later Year elective equivalent is not available or cannot be completed during your exchange semester, you may need to lengthen your program (see below) to accommodate course offerings and prerequisite requirements.
  • If you are entering the BCCL(Hons) from another program you may not be able to receive credit for all eligible Part B electives as 6 units of Part B electives must be available to be taken on Exchange.
  • Where a core course needs to be included, sufficiently detailed course profiles must be provided to demonstrate that the content covered within the course is sufficiently equivalent to content studied in the course at UQ. Course profiles should include information about the extended syllabus, aims and objectives, contact hours, texts and references and assessment.

3.      Decide on a Host University

  • It is recommended that students attend one of the following host universities, however, other universities will be considered. You should refer to the Find a host university link on the UQ Global Experiences website, take heed of additional advice specific to host and choose those that offer courses in your desired elective areas.
  • Only universities that offer the study areas you require, whose semesters align with UQ and who can provide detailed course profiles will be considered.
Country Host institution Notes


Uni of Vienna



Uni of Calgary



Uni College Dublin

Suitable for broader electives
rather than criminology specifically

New Zealand

Uni of Auckland



Uni of Oslo



Uni College London



Uni of Birmingham



Uni of Manchester



Uni of Nottingham



Uni of Surrey



Uni of Sussex



Uni of Massachusetts

Best for broader electives such as in sociology rather than criminology specifically


Rutgers (State U of NJ)



Uni of South Carolina

Criminal justice courses available


University of Virginia


4.      Applying for Exchange

Please refer to the UQ Global Experiences website for application details and deadlines. Documentation to be submitted must include the following:

  • Completed UQ Global Experiences exchange Study Plan form.
  • Relevant Host course profiles detailing the extended syllabus, aims and objectives, contact hours, texts and references and assessment for each of the courses listed on the study plan so that they can be assessed.
  • The completed BCCJ (Hons) exchange study planner*.

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Remember while an exchange semester is a great opportunity, you should be prepared for experiences outside your comfort zone. You may have setbacks such as approved courses not being available when you arrive, so a flexible attitude is important, and while UQ Global Experiences and the Faculty will try to assist, be ready to take responsibility for resolving challenges that arise as well as taking advantage of the exciting experiences in front of you.

Important Things to Consider

An exchange semester may add time to complete your program
  • You should understand that undertaking a semester on exchange may add up to one year onto your program subject to the prerequisite requirements of your UQ courses and the sequence of study required. Requests for program variations will not be approved due the completion of exchange and the scheduling of courses. It is up to you to ensure you plan your program requirements around your exchange semester.
  • If you are a student who is on a scholarship, requires Centrelink funding, or any other funding where continuous full time enrolment is required we ask that you carefully consider taking an exchange semester and be aware that subject to circumstances that may arise, when you return you may not be able to enrol full-time due to the prerequisite requirements of your courses.
International students only

As complications during an exchange semester may add time onto the completion of your program, due to stringent visa requirements international students should think very carefully before undertaking an exchange semester and if you choose to do so, plan your program and select host institutions very carefully.

Applying for credit for previous studies

If you are eligible, think carefully before applying for credit for previous studies towards the elective component of your degree. Elective courses provide the most flexibility while on exchange, so it is recommended that you keep 6 to 8 units of electives for your exchange semester.

Short Term Global Experiences

If you are unable to undertake a semester long exchange, an alternative is to participate in a short-term global experience (e.g. 4-6 weeks over winter or summer semester). Some global experiences may be for credit such as towards unspecified electives. More information is available from the Student Employability Centre website – Global Experiences.

For a print friendly version of the Exchange Fact Sheet, please click here.

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