Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security

Undergraduate degree

This certified undergraduate course engages with the fields of criminology and cyber security, providing unique experience for future employment.

Key facts

English language requirements

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


4 year full-time 

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. You’ll become equipped with key skills in securing data and data communications, as well as investigating and providing solutions to cyber-crime. Understand the inner workings of criminal behaviour while developing a skill set to take on what’s quickly becoming the number one criminal threat to society in cyber crime.

Are you ready to join the fight against cyber crime?

Cyber security is a growing issue for individuals and businesses alike. Gain strong practical and theoretical knowledge, with an emphasis on understanding and assessing cyber security in a working environment, knowledge of security solutions and an understanding of the business, 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. Designed in conjunction with leading organisations in the field, including Victoria Police and the Australian Crime Commission, you’ll be learning the skills valued by employers. 

The unique partnership of criminology and cyber security provides you with a comprehensive 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 criminology practicum, which allows you to bridge theory with practice and have a taste of how the study of criminology 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 space 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.


  • 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 APE101APE201APE202and 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 2020, 2022, and Trimester 3 2021.

    ** ACR212, ACR305 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 3 2020, 2022, and Trimester 1 2021.

    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


    2021 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
    CRICOS code?
    091788E Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    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

    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, 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.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information

    Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

    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)


    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    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 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Cloud studies

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

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must 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 may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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 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 eight 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 international student fees.

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

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Why choose Deakin

    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.

    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.