Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws

Undergraduate degree

This unique undergraduate course combines the fields of criminology and law to provide you with a wide range of exciting career opportunities.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 7 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent

Duration

5 years 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 Laws gives you a broad understanding of all major legal areas. You’ll explore the inner workings and impacts of criminal behaviour and various responses to it from environmental crime to terrorism and how to use this understanding when making decisions within the criminal justice system.

Do you want to take the first step towards a rewarding legal or professional career?

By studying criminology and law, you’ll gain broad theoretical, applied knowledge and skills concerning the forms, causes, meaning and prevention of crime, directly correlating to policy development and policing matters.

Deakin’s accredited Bachelor of Laws integrates sound legal training with real-world experience, developing key skills in problem-solving, analytical thinking and ethical reasoning.

A distinctive feature of Deakin’s law program is its focus on experiential learning. The legal profession is highly commercialised and lawyers are increasingly required to provide clients with practical and commercial advice (in addition to pure legal advice). As credit towards your degree, you’ll undertake work-integrated learning placements.

All major areas of law are covered, including:
* contract
* torts
* property
* legal practice and ethics
* constitutional law
* criminal law and procedure
* administrative law.

In the criminology stream, study the relationship between criminal behaviour and sociology, the impact of mental health, education and substance abuse. Better understand what drives criminal behaviour, and how to develop systems and programs to prevent it from happening.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology is led by a team of academics who are experts in their field, so you’ll always be learning the latest concepts, ideas and approaches from inside the industry. Plus, you’ll benefit from networking with and learning from their real-world connections.

Our global study itinerary includes the Chinese Commercial Law Study Tour, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Tour to the United States, the prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong and Vienna, and options to study one or more elective units (such as international human rights law) at an overseas institution.

 

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws, students must attain a total of 40 credit points consisting of 16 credit points from the Faculty of Arts and Education and 24 credit points from the Faculty of Business and Law.  Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

16

Credit points from the Faculty of Arts and Education

24

Credit points from the Faculty of Business and Law

40

Total credit points

Units

The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Criminology (A329) include:

  • at least 12 credit points of ACR coded units (including the core units ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302)
  • up to 4 credit points of elective units from the Faculty of Arts and Education

The 24 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws (M312) include:

  • 18 credit points of core units
  • 6 credit points of law elective units^, including 1 credit point of an experiential unit from the WIL/Practical Elective Units list.
  • MAI010 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

^Law electives are offered on a yearly rotational basis. Not every unit is offered every year

Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Criminology / Bachelor of Laws
Year

2020 course information

VTAC code
1400415303 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400515303 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Deakin code
D335
CRICOS code?
060431B
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)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Cloud (online)

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Students enrolled in this combined course at Geelong will be required to undertake units of study at both Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and the Waterfront (Geelong).

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

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

Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

Workload

As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, 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. The minimum expected workload for a Law unit will normally be around 150 hours, which includes attendance at class, reading, completion of any assessment, and preparation for the exam.

Participation requirements

Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

Entry requirements

Entry information

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

Students must meet the requirements for entry to both Bachelor of Criminology and Bachelor of Laws.

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an ATAR of at least 50, and pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL. 

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

  • Successful completion of at least 4 credit points of study (equivalent to one trimester/semester of full-time study) at a bachelor level (AQF Level 7) or above, from an accredited higher education institution within the last ten years, and with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM), depending on campus, as follows:
    • 70% Burwood campus
    • 65% Geelong Waterfront campus
    • 60% Cloud campus
  • The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice – with achievement of a minimum percentile rank, depending on campus, as follows:
    • 70% Burwood campus                            
    • 65% Geelong Waterfront campus     
    • 60% Cloud campus                                
  • Applicants with TAFE or equivalent level qualifications (diploma or associate degree studies) are required to sit the STAT.
  • Applicants who have the required study and WAM may still sit the STAT to improve their eligibility for admission if they wish. Under these circumstances, the applicants’ WAM and the STAT result will each be given a 50% weighting.

*From 1 June 2017 Deakin University changed their admission test for Law from the Australian Law Schools Entrance Test (ALSET) to the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT - multiple choice version). Deakin no longer accepts ALSET test results for entry into Law courses.

For further details on STAT including booking and preparing for your STAT, please visit the VTAC website.

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)

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.

Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

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 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

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 Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning.

Your Recognition of 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 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 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 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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


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.


Frequently asked questions

What are the key study start dates?

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How much does it cost to study at Deakin?

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Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?

Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.

Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Why choose Deakin

Career outcomes

As a graduate, you can choose to pursue a career as a lawyer, or take on business and management roles in a range of corporate and private organisations and government agencies.

Opportunities also exist within state and federal police, ASIO (Australia’s national security service) and various correctional services, community services and private security industries.

Professional recognition

Upon finishing your degree, you’ll have satisfied the university component of becoming an Australian lawyer set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB).

In addition to completing an approved LLB degree, you’ll be required to work for one year as a legal trainee, or to undertake a practical legal training (PLT) course.

Matched with criminology, you’ll have a broader understanding of the criminal justice system than most other graduates, making you a highly desirable candidate when entering the legal sector.

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 each of the single degrees.

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