Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security

Undergraduate degree

This undergraduate course combines the fields of criminology and cyber security to provide you with a specialised skill set and unique experiences.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
65.55
Waurn Ponds:
67.8
Cloud:
NP?
Lowest selection rank

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2021 have closed
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2021 close 24 October 2021

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security is the only degree of its kind in Australia. Today cyber security is a significant challenge for individuals and businesses alike. This course will equip you with an understanding of the major drivers of criminal behaviour, along with the industry-relevant skills to tackle what is quickly becoming a critical threat to society. You will gain expertise in securing data and data communications, as well as investigating and providing solutions to cyber crime.

Develop strong practical and theoretical knowledge, with an emphasis on assessing cyber security in a working environment, developing security solutions for businesses, and understanding the ethical and legal implications of risk management.

You’ll have access to specialised cyber security labs with state-of-the-art tools, putting you at the cutting edge of cyber security and criminology research. 

Are you ready to join the fight against cyber crime? 

Designed in conjunction with leading organisations in the field, including Victoria Police and the Australian Crime Commission, this combined course will equip you with in-demand industry skills valued by employers.

The unique partnership of criminology and cyber security provides you with a thorough understanding of the motivations, causes and consequences of crime, as well as the technical skills and cyber security literacy to help prevent and combat cyber crime and cyber terrorism.

Get practical learning with our careers-focused units, which allow you to bridge theory with practice and better understand how criminological thinking applies across industries and sectors.

You will have access to our brand-new specialised capstone project and co-working space, which offers you an inspiring environment to collaborate with your teammates on your capstone project. As part of your cyber security stream, you will undertake two capstone units, allowing you to develop solutions to real-world problems from industry and learn agile project management methods – widely used across industry.

Our past students have collaborated on capstone projects such as:

  • Is my smart home secure enough?
  • Virtual penetration testing lab
  • One-time pad (OTP) VPN
  • Voice-activated password security
  • Secure Australian online voting system.

Need more flexibility in your studies? Take advantage of our flexible learning options and find the right balance for you. You can choose to study part time or full time, on campus or 100% online. You can also take advantage of Deakin’s trimester system and fast-track your degree and complete your combined degree in a shorter time frame.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security students must complete 32 credit points as follows: Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Criminology (A329) and the Bachelor of Cyber Security (S334) must be satisfied.^

16 credit points of Arts course grouped units and 16 credit points of SIT coded units
^No more than 10 credit points at level 1

^ Criminology students are not require to complete an additional minor as part of the Bachelor of Cyber Security.

Criminology

  • 6 credit points of Criminology core units (ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302)
  • At least 6 credit points of Criminology electives (ACR coded units) taken at level 2 or above
  • At least 6 credit points of arts units at level 3 including ACR301 and ACR302
  • Up to 4 credit points of electives* chosen from Arts course grouped units.
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0 credit point compulsory unit)

Cyber Security

  • 15 core units# of SIT coded units plus
  • 1 credit point of SIT elective units
  • the completion of SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit) and
  • STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)

#Students undertaking D380 are not required to undertake SIT306.

*Students are encouraged to consider taking electives from the Professional Experience and Practice Minor sequence APE101, APE201, APE202 and APE301.

Core units

Criminology core units

  • Introducing Crime and Criminology (also offered in Trimester 3) 
  • Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Criminology Theory
  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Criminology Research
  • Cyber Security core units

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Computer Systems
  • Real World Practices for Cyber Security
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Object-Oriented Development
  • Secure Networking
  • Professional Practice in Information Technology
  • Secure Coding
  • Computer Crime and Digital Forensics
  • Malware Analysis
  • Network Forensics
  • Team Project (A) - Project Management and Practices ^
  • Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery ^
  • Cyber Security Analytics
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Safety Induction Program (zero (0) credit point safety induction unit)
  • Career Tools for Employability (zero (0) credit point career tools unit)
  • ^ Students are recommended to undertake SIT374 and SIT378 in consecutive trimesters. Students should seek advice from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SIT374 and SIT378 consecutively.

    Elective units

  • Crime, Victims and Justice
  • Crime, Media and Justice
  • Criminology in Action
  • Crime, Surveillance and Society *
  • Crime, Surveillance and Technology **
  • Crime Prevention and Security *
  • Crime, Terrorism and Security **
  • Careers in Criminal Justice
  • ACR304, ACR211 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 1 2022, 2024, and Trimester 3 2023.

    ** ACR212, ACR305 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 3 2022, 2024, and Trimester 1 2023.

    Course Certifications

    Students will have the opportunity to complete Industry certifications within the following core units as part of your cyber security degree for no additional cost:

    • SIT182 Real World Practices for Cyber Security
    • SIT282 Computer Crime and Digital Forensics
    • SIT218 Secure Coding
    • SIT379 Ethical Hacking

    Certifications include:

    • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
    • Certified Secure Programmer (ECSP) (from 2022)
    • Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) (from 2022)
    • Cybersecurity Fundamentals (CSX)

    Additional course information

    Student Equipment Purchases
    The learning experiences and assessment activities within this course require that students have access to a range of technologies beyond a desktop computer or laptop. Students will be required to purchase minor equipment, such as small single board  computers, microcontrollers and sensors, which will be used within a range of units in this course. This equipment is also usable by the student beyond their studies. Equipment requirements and details of suppliers will be provided on a per-unit basis. The indicative cost of this equipment for this course is AUD$500

    Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security

    Year

    2022 course information

    VTAC code
    1400310031 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400510031 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400610031 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    D380
    CRICOS code?
    091788E Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

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

    Trimester 2 - July

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

    Trimester 3 - November

    • 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).

    Additional course information

    Equipment requirements

    For information regarding hardware and software requirements, please refer to the School of Information Technology's website, www.deakin.edu.au/information-technology/students or telephone 03 9244 6699.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 or completed Year 12 in the previous two years and have not attempted higher education or VET/Polytechnic study since, your selection is based on the following.

    VCE Prerequisite subjects

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

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study,

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in any English, any History, any Information Technology, Legal Studies, any Mathematics, Philosophy, Australian Politics, Global Politics, Psychology or Sociology equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2021 students (PDF, 592.2KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of 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 Recognition of 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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    The estimated fee for this course is not currently available, please contact Student Central for further information.
    Learn more about fees.

    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 Recognition of 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

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for Trimester 1, 2022 open in August. Each year, thousands of students prepare for uni with the help of Deakin support services. We offer a huge range of support, including one-on-one consultations, webinars, online resources and events throughout the year.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are now open for:

    • recent Year 12 students who completed secondary education in the past two years
    • applicants with work and life experience
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply through VTAC.

      Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Download the course flyer

    To learn more about what the Bachelor of Criminology, and criminology double degrees at Deakin have to offer, download our course flyer.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security with our pathways finder.

    Alternative exits

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Careers

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Largest concentration of cyber research in Victoria

    Only degree of its kind in Australia

    Specialised cyber security labs with state-of-the-art tools

    Over 10 years teaching experience in cyber security

    Career outcomes

    Promising career opportunities await in the areas of both criminology and cyber security. As a graduate, you 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. You will also be equipped for more technical roles such as security analyst, security systems manager, security system developer/programmer, anti-virus software developer or computer forensic specialist.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Professional recognition

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

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of the single degree.