Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology
Course summary for international students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Forensic Science / Bachelor of Criminology|
|Campus||Offered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
|Length||4 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
|Tuition fee rate||Available fee rates for 2017 can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees|
|CRICOS course code||075455D|
|English language requirements|
Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org
|Deakin course code||D329|
|VTAC Codes||1400315563 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place|
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Major sequences
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Alternate exits
Explore the nature of crime and the science behind the collection, examination and presentation of evidence with this combined degree in criminology and forensic science. You’ll discover what’s behind criminal behaviour, learn valuable courtroom skills and get hands-on experience examining evidence in simulated crime scenes.
Criminology is the study of crime and the motivations behind criminal behaviour. Forensic science is an applied science concerned with the law and legal proceedings and can include specialist areas such as crime scene investigation, forensic medicine and lab sciences.
Led by a team of highly experienced criminology and forensic science experts, you’ll learn about the many interrelated concepts that underpin these professional areas where the law meets science.
The combined degree draws from both the arts and science disciplines. It’s designed to give you a broad appreciation of the professional, social, economic and cultural contexts of why crimes are committed and teach you how to examine evidence for the purposes of legal proceedings.
In the forensic science stream you can choose to focus your studies by completing a major sequences in either Forensic Biology or Forensic Chemistry. The course covers forensic chemistry and toxicology including trace chemical evidence, arson and explosives investigations, analysis of illicit drugs and forensic toxicology reporting. Our purpose-built crime scene facility lets you examine evidence and identify illegal products and endangered species. You’ll also learn how to apply forensic analysis including chemical, biological and physical techniques.
In the criminology stream you’ll take a close look at the nature of crime, investigating why crimes are committed. You’ll explore the various theoretical approaches that shape our understanding of crime in contemporary society and how communities respond to criminal behaviour. You’ll examine the criminal justice system from a sociological perspective, explore crime prevention and security, criminal and civil law and the laws of evidence.
This double degree prepares you for careers in criminology, forensic science and forensic criminology. You might choose to work in crime prevention, community development, security, policing, corrections, military services or criminal justice research. Other specialist areas you can explore include forensic sociology, criminal psychology and forensic investigation.
Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.
Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for membership of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS). The Bachelor of Forensic Science component of the combined course is also accredited with the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
Fees and charges
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
As a graduate of this course, you may find employment opportunities as a forensic scientist, criminologist or related role, in both the public and private sector, including areas such as the forensic science industry, science-based industries, teaching, government agencies, state and federal police, ASIO, correctional services, community services, and private security industries.
Course Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of the single degree.
To complete the Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology, students must attain 32 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 32 credit points, you’ll need to study 32 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.
Students will undertake 16 credit point in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment and 16 credit points in the Faculty of Arts and Education course-grouped units. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Forensic Science (S324) and Bachelor of Criminology (A329) must be satisfied.
Students are encouraged to consider completing a second major within the Bachelor of Criminology component of this combined course. Please refer to A300 Bachelor of Arts for list of Faculty of Arts and Education major sequences.
Bachelor of Forensic Science major sequences
Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Bachelor of Forensic Science
|SLE010||Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)|
|STP010||Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit points)|
|SLE111||Cells and Genes|
|SLE133||Chemistry in Our World|
|SLE112||Fundamentals of Forensic Science|
|SLE132||Biology: Form and Function|
|SLE155||Chemistry for the Professional Sciences|
|SIT191||Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis|
|SLE208||Forensic Biology #|
|SLE213||Introduction to Spectroscopic Principles|
|SLE313||Forensic Analysis and Interpretation|
Students must complete a major sequence in either Forensic Biology or Forensic Chemistry on top of the core unit requirements.
# Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)
Bachelor of Criminology units
|ACR101||Introducing Crime and Criminology|
|ACR102||Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice|
|ACR201||Issues in Criminal Justice|
|ACR301||International and Comparative Criminal Justice|
|ACR203||Crime, Victims and Justice|
|ACR211||Crime Prevention and Security **|
|ACR212||Crime, Surveillance and Technology *|
|ACR213||Crime, Terrorism and Security *|
|ACR204||Crime, Media and Justice|
|ACR210||Crime, Surveillance and Society **|
* ACR212, ACR213 Trimester 1 (alternate years 2014, 2016) and trimester 3 (alternate years 2015, 2017)
** ACR210, ACR211 Trimester 3 (alternate years 2014, 2016) and trimester 1 (alternate years 2015, 2017)
Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).
Entry requirements - general
General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.
Credit for prior learning - general
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
How to apply
- Applicant Portal: Use our online application system to submit and track your application now OR
- Apply through a Deakin International office: Fill out an application form and submit it to a Deakin International office OR
- Apply through a Deakin representative: Take your application form to your preferred agent for assistance.
Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.
- If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
- If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
|Bachelor of Criminology (A329)|
|Bachelor of Forensic Science (S324)|
You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.