Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security

Course summary for international students


2017 course information

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Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusYes

4 year full-time 

Next available intake

Trimester 1 (March), Trimester 2 (July)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$27,040 for 1 yr full-time AUD
CRICOS course code091788E
Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): N/A
English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at

Deakin course code D380
VTAC Codes1400310031 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400510031 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400610031 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Cloud (online) studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

Professional recognition

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

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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.

Course rules

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)

Course structure

Core units

Criminology core units

ACR101Introducing Crime and Criminology (also offered in Trimester 3) 

ACR102Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice

ACR201Issues in Criminal Justice

ACR202Criminology Theory

ACR301International and Comparative Criminal Justice

ACR302Criminology Research

Cyber Security core units

SIT101Fundamentals of Information Technology

SIT103Database and Information Retrieval

SIT104Introduction to Web Development

SIT105Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for IT

SIT182Real World Practices for Cyber Security

SIT192Discrete Mathematics

SIT202Computer Networks

SIT223Information Technology Professional Skills


SIT282Computer Crime and Digital Forensics

SIT284IT Security Management

SIT302Project Delivery

SIT374Project Design

SIT382System Security

SIT384Data Analytics for Cyber Security

SIT379Ethical Hacking #

SIT010Safety Induction Program (zero (0) credit point safety induction unit)

# available from 2018

Elective units

ACR203Crime, Victims and Justice

ACR204Crime, Media and Justice

ACR210Crime, Surveillance and Society *

ACR212Crime, Surveillance and Technology **

ACR211Crime Prevention and Security *

ACR213Crime, Terrorism and Security **

ACR303Criminology Practicum (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.

Course Map

Course Map

Equipment requirements

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

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

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.


IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

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 transfer. 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 transfer.

Your credit transfer 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

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

Alternate exits

Bachelor of Criminology (A329)
Bachelor of Cyber Security (S334)