Bachelor of Criminology

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Criminology
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusYes
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)

2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester3)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$6,651 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017Not applicable
Faculty contacts

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  

Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 66.05
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: 60.00
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 60.00
CRICOS course code057849B
VTAC Codes1400314631 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514631 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614631 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code A329

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology provides a comprehensive course of study in this growing academic field. Deakin has one of the few dedicated criminology courses in Australia, allowing us to offer a wide variety of criminology topics. The degree provides a solid educational foundation in the principles of criminological thoughts and research that will enable graduates to choose between seeking employment in related industries and seeking to undertake further study. Deakin’s criminology program involves broad fields of study with students covering a considerable breadth and depth of crime and criminal justice issues, as well as specialisation in areas such as victimology, media, terrorism, crime prevention, security and surveillance.

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.

The course aims to produce graduates with the ability to engage in debates concerning crime and justice issues, matters that are part of everyday life, and practical knowledge and skills in an engaging field of study with diverse career prospects.

In line with Deakin’s commitment to providing flexible study options, you can choose to study the Bachelor of Criminology full time or part time. All subjects provide considerable online activities. You will also have the opportunity to significantly fast-track your studies, completing the Bachelor of Criminology in just two years by making the most of Deakin’s trimester system.

Fees and charges

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.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this course, promising career opportunities await in both the public and private sector, state and federal police, intelligence agencies, and a range of law enforcement, anti-corruption and crime prevention agencies at federal, state and local government level, as well as in correctional services, community services and private security industries.

For more information go to My Course My Career

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Review and analyse major social science theories and key criminological concepts, theories and technical knowledge relating to crime and criminal justice issues, including the causes and consequences of crime, ways of responding to crime, media representations of crime, core debates in policing, security and surveillance, as well as broader issues of policy and politics, inclusion and exclusion, governing and governance, security, social justice, citizenship and human rights.


Effectively communicate the findings and analyses of criminological concepts, theories and technical knowledge, in a selection of written, digital and oral formats, to a range of audiences. 

Digital literacy

Employ a range of generic and specialist criminal justice-specific digital communication technologies to apply criminological knowledge and conduct social and criminological research and deliver reports and presentations to a diverse range of audiences within and outside the field. 

Critical thinking

Analyse and critically evaluate theoretical approaches to crime problems and current policies and practices of governments and criminal justice practitioners and professions in the context of broad social change, new crimes, new responses and an increasing responsibility for preventing and controlling individual and complex crimes at local, state, national and international levels. 

Problem solving

Employ initiative and creativity in conjunction with accepted evidence-based criminological methods to generate innovative and pragmatic approaches and solutions to complex problems in the areas of individual crime, complex and organised crime, the criminal justice process, questions of justice and injustice, local, national and international policing, surveillance, privacy and technology, and domestic and international crime and security issues. 


Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development, as a reflective practitioner, while working in the criminological field. 


Work and learn collaboratively with others in the criminology field and from different disciplines and backgrounds while still maintaining responsibility for their own learning. 

Global citizenship

Analyse and address criminological issues in the domestic and global context as a reflective scholar and practitioner, taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and the application of the highest ethical standards. 

Approved by Faculty Board May 2014

Course rules

To qualify for the Bachelor of Criminology a student must complete 24 credit points of study including:

  • at least 12 credit points of ACR coded units, including the compulsory core units of ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302;
  • up to 12 credit points can be non-ACR coded units;
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1 including ACR101 and ACR102;
  • at least 14 credit points at level 2 or above including ACR201 and ACR202;
  • at least 4 credit points at level 3 including ACR301 and ACR302; 
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education.

Students are encouraged to consider completing a second major and therefore may wish to select elective units in accordance with that major. Please refer to A300 Bachelor of Arts for list of Faculty of Arts and Education major sequences.

Course structure

Students commencing from 2014

Course Map

Level 1

ACR101Introducing Crime and Criminology (core)

ACR102Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice (core)

Level 2 & 3

ACR201Issues in Criminal Justice (core)

ACR202Criminology Theory (core)

ACR301International and Comparative Criminal Justice (core)

ACR302Criminology Research (core)

Plus at least six credit points from-

ACR203Crime, Victims and Justice

ACR204Crime, Media and Justice

ACR210Crime, Surveillance and Society *

ACR211Crime Prevention and Security *

ACR212Crime, Surveillance and Technology **

ACR213Crime, Terrorism and Security **

ACR303Criminology Practicum (2 credit points)

*ACR210, ACR211 - Trimester 1 (alternate years 2018, 2020) and trimester 3 (alternate years 2017, 2019)

**ACR212, ACR213 - Trimester 3 (alternate years 2018, 2020) and trimester 1 (alternate years 2017, 2019)

Students commencing prior to 2014

Continuing Criminology students who commenced prior to 2014 to contact Student Services Office for re-enrolment advice and to review Course Plans.  From 2014, most Criminology ASL coded units have been replaced with Criminology ACR coded units.

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

Transition to University study

The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and AIX117 Professional Writing for Work which are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one of both or these units in their first year.

Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Criminology varies from written assignments and/or examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, seminar exercises and tests.

Entry requirements - general

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.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016

To see if this course is taking applications, check our Trimester 3 webpage. Applications for Trimester 3 are made directly to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.

a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.