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:

(a) 34 units for core courses, and

(b) 14 units from program electives, and

(c) 16 units from honours research courses

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 (Core) - 2 units Course 1 - CRIM1019 (Core) - 2 units
Course 2 - CRIM1111 (Core) - 2 units Course 2 - LAWS1110 (Core) - 2 units
Course 3 - Introductory  elective - 2 units Course 3 - Introductory  elective - 2 units
Course 4 - Introductory  elective - 2 units Course 4 - Introductory or Later year  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.