Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security



Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security is the only degree of its kind in Australia. It brings together two independent degrees in Criminology and Cyber Security into an attractive four-year combined course. The course will provide you with skills in securing data and data communications, as well as investigating, analysing and providing solutions to computer crime. The course assists you to attain the knowledge required to become a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Combining cyber security with criminology covers a wide range of topics concerning the meaning of crime; different forms, causes and consequences of crime; and the different institutions and processes developed for preventing and controlling crime. You will be provided with broad theoretical and applied knowledge and skills in relation to policy development, policing and security, and related fields. Topic areas include crime, justice, security and surveillance.

You should consider this degree if you are interested in pursuing a career in criminology or cyber security, and particularly the many areas where criminology and cyber security overlap (such as in relation to cyber-crime and cyber-security).

You will have the opportunity to complete the Criminology Practicum in your final year of study, a unit that brings the professions to the classroom (including online via the ‘cloud’) with practitioner-driven seminars, activities bridging theory and practice, and the development of an e-portfolio that can be used for employment or career development.

In line with Deakin’s commitment to providing flexible study options, you can choose to study the Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security full time or part time, at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) or via Cloud (online) mode. All subjects provide considerable online activities.

You will also have the opportunity to significantly fast-track your studies using Deakin’s trimester system.


Key facts

Clearly-in ATAR 2016

Burwood: 60.30
Waurn Ponds: N/A
Cloud: N/A


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent


Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Not applicable

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$7,878 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

VTAC code

1400310031 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400510031 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400610031 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

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Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.  In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.  For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

NY12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement.

Deakin Access and Equity Program applicants via SEAS.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Cyber Security part of this double-degree is professionally accredited with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Career outcomes

Promising career opportunities await in the areas of both criminology and cyber security. Graduates may find employment in areas such as government agencies, state and federal police, security and intelligence agencies, research and policy development, correctional services, community services, and private security and consultative industries, as well as more technical roles such as security analyst, security systems manager, security system developer/programmer, anti-virus software developer or computer forensic specialist.

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Course Structure

Criminology: Students must complete 16 credit points of study from the Faculty of Arts and Education including a minimum 12 credit points of ACR coded units, including the core units of ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301, and ACR302.

Cyber Security: Students must complete 16 core units# of SIT coded units plus SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0 credit point compulsory unit)

# Students undertaking D380 are not required to undertake SIT306.

See course entry for Bachelor of Criminology (A329) or Bachelor of Cyber Security (S334)

Core units

Criminology core units

  • Introducing Crime and Criminology ACR101 (also offered in Trimester 3) 
  • Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice ACR102
  • Issues in Criminal Justice ACR201
  • Criminology Theory ACR202
  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice ACR301
  • Criminology Research ACR302
  • Cyber Security core units

  • Fundamentals of Information Technology SIT101
  • Database and Information Retrieval SIT103
  • Introduction to Web Development SIT104
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for IT SIT105
  • Real World Practices for Cyber Security SIT182
  • Discrete Mathematics SIT192
  • Computer Networks SIT202
  • Information Technology Professional Skills SIT223
  • Cryptography SIT281
  • Computer Crime and Digital Forensics SIT282
  • IT Security Management SIT284
  • Project Delivery SIT302
  • Project Design SIT374
  • System Security SIT382
  • Data Analytics for Cyber Security SIT384
  • Ethical Hacking SIT379 #
  • Safety Induction Program SIT010 (zero (0) credit point safety induction unit)
  • # available from 2018

    Elective units

  • Crime, Victims and Justice ACR203
  • Crime, Media and Justice ACR204
  • Crime, Surveillance and Society ACR210 *
  • Crime, Surveillance and Technology ACR212 **
  • Crime Prevention and Security ACR211 *
  • Crime, Terrorism and Security ACR213 **
  • Criminology Practicum ACR303 (2 credit point elective unit)
  • *ACR210, ACR211 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 1 2016, 2018, Trimester 3 2017, 2019.

    ** ACR212, ACR213 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 3 2016, 2018, Trimester 1 2017, 2019.

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    However, you should apply directly to Deakin if you are not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or you're applying for a Deakin course which is not listed on the VTAC website.

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    If you're applying to start studying in Trimester 3 2016, you'll need to apply directly to Deakin.

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Course pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Alternative exits

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Students applying with prior study or recognition for prior learning will need to contact the student support office to review their enrolment plans.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Tel 03 5227 1359

    Burwood (Melbourne) 
    Tel 03 9246 8100

    Cloud (online) 
    Tel 03 5227 1359   

    Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
    School of Information Technology
    Tel 03 9244 6699

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    Equipment requirements

    For information regarding hardware and software requirements, please refer to the School of Information Technology's website, or telephone 03 9244 6699.

    Offered campuses


    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

    Geelong Waurn Ponds

    Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is located on the western edge of Geelong, boasting expansive landscaped grounds.

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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