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Bachelor of Arts (Criminology)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

In this eye-opening Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) degree, you'll look at crime, its causes and our responses to it through criminal law and our criminal justice system.

You'll gain insight into what makes a criminal mind work and explore the role of criminal justice agencies, the courts, police and correctional officers in investigating, preventing and prosecuting crime including sentencing.

You'll also examine issues in our criminal justice system, such as offender profiling, interrogation, false confessions, Aboriginal over-representation and juvenile justice.

Available for study on campus or online (most units) at Murdoch University, this course provides you with a compelling new way of looking at our society.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Achieved a multiple choice score of 135 or above in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT); OR
  • Completed a recognised post-secondary course; OR
  • Completed approved university preparation (foundation) studies; OR
  • Completed at least one year of study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution; OR
  • Completed 2 units at an Australian university or through Open Universities Australia

If you don't meet any of these academic entry requirements, Murdoch University offers several pathways, including the FlexiTrack university preparation program, to help you qualify for this course.

All students must satisfy Murdoch University's minimum English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English Language.

Areas of study

In this criminology course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Academic learning skills
  • Ideas and identity
  • Law, justice and social policy
  • Criminological research methods
  • Introduction to criminology
  • Law in context
  • Psychology: measurement, design and analysis
  • Developing research skills and methods
  • Criminal behaviour
  • Policing and crime prevention
  • Advanced quantitative research methods
  • Advanced research in the arts
  • Advanced criminology
  • Corrections
  • International and transnational crimes
  • Treatment of criminal behaviour
  • Psychology and law
  • Crime science
  • Children and crime
  • Culture, diversity and crime
  • CRM internships (WIL)

Plus your choice of general elective units.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

One of the top 500 universities in the world (2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Murdoch University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Across its campuses in Australia, Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning a broad range of disciplines, including veterinary science, Information Technology, law, business, psychology and counterterrorism. Murdoch University is part of the Innovative Research Universities network, a group of universities that advises the Australian government on higher education policy.
Murdoch University is committed to providing tailored support to all its students in order to help them meet their educational objectives. It provides a wide range of dedicated services, including career and employment assistance, counselling, disability support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and study advice. In addition, students have access to a wide range of services including mentoring for first-year students and bespoke programs to support learners who are elite athletes, international students, LGBTIQ students or reservists in the Australian Defence Force.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) from Murdoch University.

There are a wide range of career options open to you, including work with criminals, in crime investigation and prevention or in the criminal justice system.

Curious about where a career in criminology could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Criminologist
  • Crime Investigator
  • Crime Investigation Assistant

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Murdoch University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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