Graduate Certificate of Criminology

Postgraduate coursework

The Graduate Certificate of Criminology will provide students with foundational knowledge in crime and criminal justice, including criminological theory, crime policy and prevention.

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Key facts

Duration

0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

  • Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

The Graduate Certificate of Criminology will provide students with foundational knowledge in the discipline. It pushes the boundaries of existing criminological horizons to challenge students to think critically about emerging discourses in crime and criminal justice, including criminological theory, crime policy and prevention.

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Course structure

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate of Criminology, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study comprising two credit points of core units and two credit points of course electives.

Key information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Criminology
Year

2020 course information

Deakin code
A504
CRICOS code?
0102047
Level
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status

The course is approved by the University pursuant to the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

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)
    • Cloud

Trimester 2 - July

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

This course will commence Trimester 1 2021.

Participation requirements

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

Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

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 will be based on performance in:

  • a Bachelor degree or higher OR
  • at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent) OR
  • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

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.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

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Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

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Postgraduate bursary

If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal. 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.


Need more information on how to apply?

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


Register your interest to study at Deakin

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Entry pathways

Students who successfully complete this course would meet the entry requirements and therefore be eligible to apply for admission into the A704 Master of Criminology (or similar).

Contact information

Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

1800 693 888

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Frequently asked questions

What are the key study start dates?

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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

The course is designed to be authentic and prepare students to enter or advance in a broad range of careers related to crime policy, criminal justice, law enforcement and security. Career opportunities exist at all levels of government - local, state, federal - and with non-government and international organisations.

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

Use advanced and integrated knowledge of criminological scholarship to review and analyse key issues in the definitions, history, causes, harms and prevention of different types of crime and criminal behaviour within Australia and internationally

Communication

Communicate the findings and analyses of criminological theories, concepts and their application to real-world contexts, in a broad range of written, oral and digital formats, to different audiences associated with or engaged in criminological activities

Digital literacy

Employ a broad range of digital technologies to communicate types and forms of crime and appropriate prevention responses to a diverse range of audiences, including the public and individuals and groups associated with or engaged in criminal justice policy and practice

Critical thinking

Exercise independent and critical judgement to organise, synthesise and evaluate complex theoretical approaches to defining and explaining crime and criminal behaviour in order to make recommendations to improve current policies and practices that address crime and criminal behaviour

Problem solving

Analyse differing perspectives and approaches to preventing and responding to crime and criminal behaviour in a variety of contexts and employ creative problem solving skills to investigate complex problems in a systematic manner as well as to generate creative, contextually aware solutions to those problems

Self-management

n/a

Teamwork

Collaborate productively in teams to research and evaluate explanations for and responses to complex issues in crime and criminal behaviour in a variety of national and international contexts

Global citizenship

Analyse and respond to criminological issues, in domestic, regional and international contexts, as a reflective scholar and practitioner, taking into account cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and adherence to professional and ethical standards in a variety of contexts

Approved by Faculty Board March 2020

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