Overview

In the first degree of its kind in Victoria, you'll unpack the causes of crime as well as the fallout. Examine the international dimensions of criminal justice, as well as the technological advances impacting the sector, including predicting the commission of crime, detecting and stopping criminal behaviour, and implementing effective and efficient criminal sanctions.

This course is available for midyear entry

Ready to apply for a midyear start? Go to the application portal. Still exploring your options at Swinburne? Meet us at Open Day.

Your industry experience

Build up your CV with real industry experience with our Work Integrated Learning programs, guaranteed as part of all our bachelor degrees. In this degree, in the unit Criminal Justice Industry Project (LAW30025), you’ll team up with other students to work on a problems-based project briefed to you by an industry partner.

Skills you’ll learn

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

Your career opportunities

  • Law enforcement officer
  • Intelligence or crime analyst
  • Investigator
  • Victim support worker
  • Government policy writer
  • Corrections officer

Key codes

CRICOS course code
098002K
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400211393
VTAC Code (CSP)
3400211391
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?

Top 400 for Arts and Humanities

Times Higher Education World University Ranking by Subject 2023

5 stars for overall experience

5 stars for teaching quality

#1 in Melbourne for graduate salary

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    "I’ve always been fascinated by what causes people to commit crimes and how to prevent them. Swinburne’s course was the most tailored to my interests. We apply theories to real-life cases. I couldn’t see myself anywhere else – interaction and friendships with other students are just as important as the academic side of uni!"

    Mikaela , Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Qualifications

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.

ATAR Guaranteed Entry Score

60.0

2023 lowest rank to receive an offer [before adjustment pts.]

47.8

You’ll be guaranteed a place in this course if you meet or exceed the ATAR Guaranteed Entry Score, provided you meet the course prerequisites.

If your ATAR is below the guaranteed entry score, you can still be offered a place as your ATAR may be adjusted based on subject bonuses, equity schemes or other factors. Use the above ATAR as a guide on your eligibility, and see the course handbook page for more information on entry requirements. 

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

Course prerequisites

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or equivalent.
  • 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. For applicants of the 2021 Early Entry Program, a minimum study score of 20 in any English (except EAL).
Admission requirements

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

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

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.

Apply for a pathway course

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and/or provides credit (advanced standing) to the second.

Note: This information should be used as a guide for those who have completed a course and are seeking credit into another course. For those yet to commence their course, during the time taken to complete, this information may change. Credit available may vary depending on the major selected within any given degree. Progression to professional degrees may be subject to additional criteria or academic performance.

How credit points work

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology requires students to complete units of study to the value of 300 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated.

16
Core units
+
8
Elective units
=
3-year bachelor degree

What your course could look like

Units are listed in a proposed sequence. However this can be amended depending on unit availability, prerequisite requirements and the semester in which you commenced your course.

Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
FOR10001
Introduction to Law
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10021
Criminal Law and Process
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10024
Fundamentals of Criminology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI10002
Semester 2
Law and Social Science
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10022
Crime and Punishment in the International Context
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20031
Fundamentals of Psychology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSY10008
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Want to see the full range of electives?

Learn about all the electives you can take in the course handbook.

Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Crime, Deviance, and Conformity
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI20003
Victims, Justice and the Law
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20048
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Semester 2
Policing: Systems and Practice
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI20001
Technological Advances in Dealing with Crime
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20032
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Youth Justice and Crime
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI30010
Family Violence
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW30031
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Semester 2
Corrections: Systems and Practice
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI30002
Advanced Topics in Forensic Psychology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
FOR30001
Criminal Justice Capstone Project
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW30025
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$16,323

Total fee* ($AUD)

$48,969

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$33,840.00

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.

Representatives and agents
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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Course code
BA-CRIJUS
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Course code
BA-CRIJUS
CRICOS code
098002K
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Apply through VTAC

International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC. VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. 

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

VTAC Code (CSP)
3400211391
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VTAC Code (IFP)
3400211393
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Semester 2
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Hawthorn
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24-July-2024
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29-July-2024
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Hawthorn
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26-February-2025
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03-March-2025
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Hawthorn
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29-July-2024
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Hawthorn
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03-March-2025
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