Bachelor of Criminology

Undergraduate degree

Study criminal justice issues, covering victimology, media and terrorism via Deakin's Bachelor of Criminology - one of Australia's few criminology courses.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Learn the who, why and how of crime with Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology. Join the most established criminology program in Victoria, and graduate as a well-rounded crime expert through a balance of theory and practical learning. 

Gain a deep understanding of the causes and impacts of criminal behaviour, from environmental crime to terrorism, and learn how to use this knowledge alongside critical thinking to address criminal justice issues. 

The course has been developed and designed in conjunction with professional bodies including Victoria Police, the Department of Justice and Community Safety Victoria and the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers, ensuring your study experience closely reflects the needs of the industry. If you like to learn by doing, work-integrated learning opportunities challenge you to apply your skills in real-world contexts and provide the perfect preview to your future role. 

Want a degree that digs deeper into the different facets of crime? 

Take your learning beyond theory in the classroom. Understand the thinking and research surrounding a breadth of criminology topics, while building a portfolio that will showcase your knowledge and set you up for your future career. Study topics that are crucial to the prevention of crime, such as cyber security, surveillance, anti-terrorism and policing.

Understand the historical repercussions, technological developments and media representations of crime and the desirable outcomes of criminal justice processes. Get hands-on experience with our work-integrated learning opportunities, which allow you to bridge theory with practice and gain insight into how the study of criminology applies across different industries and sectors. You may even take your learning overseas and gain a global perspective on how other countries approach criminology.

Need more flexibility in your studies? 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 to fast-track your degree and complete your Bachelor of Criminology in just two years.

Complement your studies by pairing the Bachelor of Criminology with another degree. From arts to cyber security, you’ll graduate with a unique course combination valued by employers that will further expand your career opportunities.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Criminology, students must complete 24-credit points as follows:

  • At least 12-credit points of ACR coded units, including the compulsory core units of ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302;
  • Up to 12-credit points can be non-ACR coded units;
  • No more than 10-credit points at level 1 including ACR101 and ACR102;
  • At least 14-credit points at level 2 or above including ACR201 and ACR202;
  • At least 6-credit points at level 3 including ACR301 and ACR302; 
  • No more than 8-credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education.
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Students must ensure they select appropriate Level 2 and Level 3 units to fulfil course requirements. 

Students are encouraged to consider completing a second major sequence and therefore may wish to select elective units in accordance with that major sequence. Please refer to A300 Bachelor of Arts for a list of Faculty of Arts and Education major sequences.

Students are also encouraged to consider taking electives from the Professional Experience and Practice Minor sequence APE101, APE201, APE202and APE301.

12

Criminology core units

12

Elective units

24

Total

Core Units

Level 1

  • Introducing Crime and Criminology (core)
  • Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice (core)
  • Level 2 & 3

  • Issues in Criminal Justice (core)
  • Criminology Theory (core)
  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice (core)
  • Criminology Research (core)
  • Criminology units

    Plus at least six credit points from Criminology ACR coded units in list A below:

  • Criminology in Action
  • Crime, Victims and Justice
  • Crime, Media and Justice
  • Crime, Surveillance and Society *
  • Crime Prevention and Security *
  • Crime, Surveillance and Technology **
  • Crime, Terrorism and Security **
  • Careers in Criminal Justice
  • *ACR304, ACR211 - Trimester 1 (alternate years 2020, 2022) and Trimester 3 (alternate years 2019, 2021)

    **ACR212, ACR305 - Trimester 3 (alternate years 2020, 2022) and Trimester 1 (alternate years 2019, 2021)

    Elective Units

    Up to 12-credit points can be non-ACR coded units.

    No more than 8-credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education.

    Students must ensure they select appropriate Level 2 and Level 3 units to fulfil course requirements. 

    Students are encouraged to consider completing a second major sequence and therefore may wish to select elective units in accordance with that major sequence. Please refer to A300 Bachelor of Arts for a list of Faculty of Arts and Education major sequences.

    Students are also encouraged to consider taking electives from the Professional Experience and Practice Minor sequence:

  • Create Your Own Career
  • Individual Professional Project
  • Team Professional Project
  • Professional Practice Internship
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Criminology
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400314633 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    1400514633 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    A329
    CRICOS code?
    057849B
    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

    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

    The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and AIX117 Professional Writing for Work which are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one of both or these units in their first year.

    Course duration

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

    Assessment

    within the award of Bachelor of Criminology varies from written assignments and/or examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, seminar exercises and tests.

    Students commencing prior to 2014

    Continuing Criminology students who commenced prior to 2014 to contact Student Services Office for re-enrolment advice and to review Course Plans. From 2014, most Criminology ASL coded units have been replaced with Criminology ACR coded units.

    Students applying with prior study or recognition for prior learning will need to contact the student services office to review their enrolment plans.

    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

    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

    Admission Requirements Specific 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 www.vtac.edu.au

    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)

    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

    Apply now

    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.

    Entry pathways

    Alternative exits

    • Diploma of Arts (A215)

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Graduates from this course can look forward to a diverse and challenging career as:

    • correctional officers
    • crime analysts
    • crime prevention officers
    • crime research and analysis
    • criminologists
    • federal and state police officers (requires further training).
    • forensic psychologists (requires further study)
    • intelligence analysts
    • parole officers
    • policy advisors
    • private investigators

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    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.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Review and analyse major social science theories and key criminological concepts, theories and technical knowledge relating to crime and criminal justice issues, including the causes and consequences of crime, ways of responding to crime, media representations of crime, core debates in policing, security and surveillance, as well as broader issues of policy and politics, inclusion and exclusion, governing and governance, security, social justice, citizenship and human rights.

    Communication

    Effectively communicate the findings and analyses of criminological concepts, theories and technical knowledge, in a selection of written, digital and oral formats, to a range of audiences. 

    Digital literacy

    Employ a range of generic and specialist criminal justice-specific digital communication technologies to apply criminological knowledge and conduct social and criminological research and deliver reports and presentations to a diverse range of audiences within and outside the field. 

    Critical thinking

    Analyse and critically evaluate theoretical approaches to crime problems and current policies and practices of governments and criminal justice practitioners and professions in the context of broad social change, new crimes, new responses and an increasing responsibility for preventing and controlling individual and complex crimes at local, state, national and international levels. 

    Problem solving

    Employ initiative and creativity in conjunction with accepted evidence-based criminological methods to generate innovative and pragmatic approaches and solutions to complex problems in the areas of individual crime, complex and organised crime, the criminal justice process, questions of justice and injustice, local, national and international policing, surveillance, privacy and technology, and domestic and international crime and security issues. 

    Self-management

    Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development, as a reflective practitioner, while working in the criminological field. 

    Teamwork

    Work and learn collaboratively with others in the criminology field and from different disciplines and backgrounds while still maintaining responsibility for their own learning. 

    Global citizenship

    Analyse and address criminological issues in the domestic and global context as a reflective scholar and practitioner, taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and the application of the highest ethical standards. 

    Approved by Faculty Board May 2014