Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology

Undergraduate degree

Gain a valuable insight into criminal behaviour whilst developing a full range of practical skills that will take you from crime scene to courtroom.

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 www.ielts.org

Duration

4 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

Become a crime scene expert by studying the Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology, a double degree that trains you to piece together the many facets of crime, from understanding motives to unlocking hidden details in evidence.

 Want to pursue a combined course that gives you a distinct career advantage in forensic science or the justice system?

Understanding the nature of crime and the motivations behind criminal behaviour is a sought-after skill. The ability to use scientific evidence to solve crimes is equally in demand.

Combining both skills makes you far more employable and lets you see crime through multiple lenses, so you can perform your role at a much higher level.

Led by a team of highly experienced criminology and forensic science experts, the Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology gives you a glimpse into the minds of criminals, while training you to confidently examine, interpret and present forensic evidence.

This combined course draws from both arts and science disciplines. It’s designed to give you a broad appreciation of the professional, social, economic and cultural contexts of why crimes are committed and teaches you how to examine evidence using modern forensic analysis techniques.

In the forensic science stream you can specialise in either forensic biology or forensic chemistry. Depending on your major, you'll cover a range of disciplines including:

  • decomposition
  • toxicology
  • arson and explosives investigations
  • analysis of illicit drugs
  • DNA analysis
  • blood spatter pattern analysis
  • entomology.

Our purpose-built crime scene facility lets you apply the theory you learn in the classroom in a simulated crime scene environment. Search for evidence, conduct forensic analysis and get hands-on training taking an investigation from the crime scene to the courtroom.

In the criminology stream, you’ll explore topics that are crucial to the prevention of crime, such as cyber security, surveillance, anti-terrorism and policing. Learn about 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 can even take your learning overseas and gain a global perspective on how other countries approach criminology.

Our course is designed in conjunction with professional bodies including Victoria Police and the Australian Crime Commission. This means you’ll develop the skills in demand by employers and graduate ready to tackle criminal justice issues in fields including:

  • anti-corruption agencies
  • correctional services
  • community services
  • crime prevention agencies
  • intelligence agencies
  • law enforcement
  • local, state and federal government
  • private security industries
  • state and federal police.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology, students must attain 32 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 32 credit points, you’ll need to study 32 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

This combined course comprises 32 credit points of study. Students will undertake 16 credit point in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment and 16 credit points in the Faculty of Arts and Education units. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Forensic Science (S324) and Bachelor of Criminology (A329) must be satisfied.^

Forensic Science requirements (16 cp):

  • 10 credit points of core Forensic Science units (plus 1 other core unit shared with Criminology – ACR102);
  • Successful completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Successful completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 cp);
  • Successful completion of STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point);
  • Successful completion of a major sequence in either Forensic Chemistry or Forensic Biology;
  • At least 6 credit points at level 3 (including a minimum of 4 Science units). 

 Criminology requirements (16 cp):

  • Students must complete 16 credit points of study from the Faculty of Arts and Education including;
  • 12 credit points of ACR coded core units;
  • At least 4 credit points at level 3 including ACR301 and ACR302;
  • 4 elective units available from within the Bachelor of Arts major sequences. Please refer to A300 Bachelor of Arts for a list of Faculty of Arts and Education units.

^Combined rule: No more than 10-credit points at level 1 including SIT191, SLE111, SLE112, SLE132, SLE133, SLE155, ACR101 and ACR102

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core

Bachelor of Forensic Science

Core Units

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program SLE010 (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability STP010 (0 credit points)
  • Cells and Genes SLE111
  • Chemistry in Our World SLE133
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Science SLE112
  • Biology: Form and Function SLE132
  • Chemistry for the Professional Sciences SLE155
  • Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis SIT191
  • Forensic Biology SLE208 #
  • Biochemistry SLE212
  • Introduction to Spectroscopic Principles SLE213
  • Forensic Analysis and Interpretation SLE313
  • Students must complete a major sequence in either Forensic Biology or Forensic Chemistry on top of the core unit requirements.

    # Must have successfully completed STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0 credit point unit)

     


    Bachelor of Criminology 

    Core Units

  • Introducing Crime and Criminology ACR101
  • Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice ACR102
  • Issues in Criminal Justice ACR201
  • Criminology Theory ACR202
  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice ACR301
  • Criminology Research ACR302
  • Crime, Victims and Justice ACR203
  • Crime Prevention and Security ACR211 **
  • Crime, Surveillance and Technology ACR212 *
  • Crime, Terrorism and Security ACR213 *
  • Crime, Media and Justice ACR204
  • Crime, Surveillance and Society ACR210 **
  • * ACR212, ACR213 Trimester 1 (2021, 2023) and trimester 3 (alternate years 2020, 2022)

    ** ACR210, ACR211 Trimester 1 (alternate years 2020, 2022) and trimester 3 (alternate years 2021, 2023)

    Electives

    Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).

    It is important to note that some elective units may include compulsory placement, study tours, work-based training or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Major sequences

    Bachelor of Forensic Science major sequences

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Forensic Science / Bachelor of Criminology
    Year

    2020 course information

    VTAC code
    1400315563 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    D329
    CRICOS code?
    075455D
    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:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Waurn Ponds (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.

    Workload

    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.

    Participation requirements

    You may be required to complete units in Trimester 3 depending on your chosen major. Please refer to the Handbook for unit offering patterns.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

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

    Work experience

    This course aims to provide students with a holistic experience of their role as forensic analysts. You will have the opportunity to visit a court, a crime scene and participate in a ‘moot court’ which allows students to experience a simulated courtroom environment.

    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

    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 QILT 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 credit for 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 credit for 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 direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.  For information on the application process and closing dates, see the 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

    Deakin runs on trimesters, what dates do they each start?

    Find out more about our key dates

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Find our more about scholarships at Deakin

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

    Find out more about RPL

    Where can I study with Deakin?

    Find out more about campus locations

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    This combined course gives you a competitive edge in the fields of criminology, forensic science and forensic criminology. Your strong understanding of both the criminal justice system and forensic science prepares you to thrive in a variety of roles including:

    • forensic scientist
    • research scientist
    • insurance investigator
    • crime prevention officer
    • cyber security specialist
    • intelligence analyst
    • risk assessment officer
    • state and federal policing.

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Forensic Science has been professionally accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Graduates of this course are encouraged to apply for membership of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC).

    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.


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