Honours is a one year program of study taken after the successful completion of a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Criminology. It comprises coursework and a year-long research thesis. Details of entry requirements and the Honours program are found on the Faculty of Arts Honours information page.

Why do Honours?

Criminology is at the forefront of issues of vital social, legal and political concern. Examining how we define and respond to crime informs our study of criminal justice and social control at every level: from the local to the national to the international stage. It is critical to produce graduates with cutting edge skills who are able to make original contributions to the development of criminal justice policy and practice in a changing world. Thousands are awarded Bachelor’s degrees, very few go on to distinguish themselves with honours degrees in an area of such national and international importance.

Who studies Honours?

Undertaking independent research and producing rigorous findings is an opportunity provided to students who excel in their Undergraduate degree. The fourth year Honours program gives students an edge in criminal justice professions nationally and internationally. It also prepares students for research careers, including the pursuit of higher degree research programs including Masters and Doctoral study in Criminology.

What happens after Honours?

The Honours program produces graduates ready for a range of future employment and research opportunities across all facets of criminal justice including work in criminal justice policy development, policing, corrections, the courts, justice departments, Attorney General’s Department, human services, local government, the office of the Ombudsman as well as work with legal centres and community and human rights organisations. Moreover, graduates from the Honours program will be prepared for higher degree research including Masters by Thesis and PhD.

Connecting Criminology research to practice: Industry links

Throughout the Criminology Honours Program students undertake fieldwork and site visits to meet with leaders in local, state, national and international criminal justice organisations.

Criminology Honours Research Projects

Monash Criminology Honours students undertake a variety of interesting and important research projects. Recent research projects include:


  • Juvenile justice
  • Victim Impact Statements
  • LGBTIQ people and public space
  • Family Violence Intervention Orders
  • Reframing border deaths within a genocide framework
  • Defensive homicide
  • Mental health and well-being issues of police officers
  • The impact of school based sexual education on attitudes of young adults
  • Implications of UNGASS for future global drug policy
  • Procedural justice and perceptions of policing


  • Media depictions of irregular maritime arrival
  • Risk and self-regulation on mobile dating apps
  • Pre-crime ideals in counter-terrorism legislation in Australia
  • Conjugal visitation in Australia.
  • Australian counter-terrorism policy and practice
  • Reducing recidivism at Ravenhall Prison
  • Responses to drugs and alcohol related issues among offenders
  • Transitional and post-release support services for incarcerated women
  • Conceptualisations of miscarriages of justice
  • Homelessness in Melbourne
  • The ‘War of Encryption’
  • Media representation of Muslims in relation to the ‘war on terror’
  • The role of propaganda within US led drone strike action
  • International police cooperation of drugs in Australia and Southeast Asia
  • Representations of human trafficking


  • Recruitment of Australian youth to Islamic State
  • Immigrant youths and their experiences of discrimination in Australia
  • Opium cultivation in Afghanistan
  • Representations of counter-terrorism policing in Australia
  • Barriers to seeking support services faced by immigrant and refugee women experiencing family violence
  • Sexual violence in popular culture
  • Mandatory data retention scheme in Australia
  • Concepts of Indigenous culture and Indigenous overrepresentation in Indigenous Justice Agreements
  • Over-representation of Vietnamese women in Victorian prisons
  • Women who kill their abusive partners
  • University Students’ understandings of sexual assault and consent

Criminology Honours Coordinator

We welcome Criminology Honours enquiries. For more information about the Criminology Honours program, please contact Kate Burns (Honours Coordinator)

Kate Burns 
Email: kate.burns@monash.edu
Phone: 9905 2971