Overview

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology is a trailblazing degree and was the first of its kind in Victoria to examine both the causes of crime (criminology) and its fallout (criminal justice).

This course covers local and global criminality, traditional approaches and responses to crime, along with emerging trends and practices in the field.

You’ll also learn about the international dimensions of criminal justice as well as the technological advances impacting the sector.

View the Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology course handbook

Skills you’ll learn

  • Effective communication
  • Criminal justice and criminology research
  • Cultural awareness
  • Writing persuasively
  • Digital awareness
  • Critical thinking

Your career opportunities

  • Criminologist
  • Correction Officer
  • Policy Advisor
  • Police Officer
  • Security Advisor
  • Customs and Border Protection Officer

Key codes

CRICOS course code
098002K
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Why Swinburne?

80.6% of UG graduates found employment within 4 months of completing their course

79.8% of UG students were satisfied with the teaching practices

74.5% of UG students were satisfied with the overall experience

78.2% of UG students were satisfied with their skills development

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    Study with Swinburne Online

    With Swinburne Online, the learning experience is 100% online and studied at your own pace. Our courses are built for the jobs of the future with a focus on collaboration and our flexible learning environment empowers you to study on your own terms. They are developed by leaders in the field and taught by professionals with industry experience.

Qualifications

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.
  • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including Certificates IV (completed), Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees and Degrees)
  • Applicants without a formal qualification may be considered for entry upon completion of the STAT test. 

Assess your eligibility for entry to Swinburne.

Course prerequistes

  • VCE Units 3 and 4 – a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent.
Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

How credit points work

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology students must complete 300 credit points comprising:

  • 17 Core Units of Study (212.5 credit points)
  • 7 units of other studies (up to 87.5 credit points) comprising of a major, minor/s or electives

Students may not complete more than 125 credit points (normally 10 units) at Introductory Level. A unit of study can only be counted once, where units are shared between majors and/or minors, students must choose an approved alternate.

17
Core units
+
7
Elective units
=
3-year bachelor degree

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Learning and Communicating Innovative Business Practice
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COM10011
Fundamentals of Criminology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI10002
Policing: Systems and Practice
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI20001
Global Crime
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI20002
Corrections: Systems and Practice
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI30002
Youth Justice and Crime
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI30010
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
FOR10001
Advanced Topics in Forensic Psychology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
FOR30001
Introduction to Law
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10021
Law and Social Science
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10022
Criminal Law and Process
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10024
Sentencing
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20030
Crime and Punishment in the International Context
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20031
Technological Advances in Dealing with Crime
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20032
Crime, Society and Culture
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW30025
Brain and Behaviour
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSY10007
Deviance, Difference & Conformity
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
SOC20020

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$16,323

Total fee* ($AUD)

$48,969

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply to 2024 unit enrolments for HE Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and Undergraduate Full Fee Paying (FFP) only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to you if you are eligible and enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount. You can also choose to pay your fees up front. 

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for HECS-HELP

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for an undergraduate degree at Swinburne or a UniLink course, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen and doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Please note: This online course is not available to on-shore international students holding a student visa.

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