Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology)

Qualification: Bachelor's Degree
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
Duration: 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Start date: Enquire now for upcoming start dates
Awarded by: Swinburne Online (RTO 3059)

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About this course

Jump into the world of crime and analyse the motivations behind criminal activity in this Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) degree by Swinburne Online. By study this course, you will begin to understand why crimes are committed and how they impact society.

Addressing psychology, law and social values, this industry recognised degree will give you a thorough education in the detection and prevention of crime, and enable you to examine a range of cultural criminology practices around the world.

You will also cover policing issues within a criminology framework, looking in particular depth at training, selection and offender profiling.


Applicants must meet the following entry requirements to enrol in this course:

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or its equivalent, including units 3 and 4 in English with a minimum score of 25, and meeting the associated minimum ATAR score


  • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification


  • Significant and relevant work experience

Areas of study

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

  • Learning and communicating online
  • Policing: systems and practice
  • Corrections: systems and practice
  • Introduction to forensic science
  • Understanding the modern world
  • Social research design: principles and methods
  • Criminology: theory and practice
  • Advanced topics in criminology
  • Introduction to forensic psychology
  • Sociological foundations
  • Deviance, difference and conformity
  • Sources of conflict and its resolution

You will also need to study 12 elective units.

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How will this course advance my career?

Upon completion of this online degree, you have the skills and education to work in all aspects of the justice system. From victim support to correction programs, you will know the ins and outs of the judicial system and the psychology behind criminal activity.

This degree could lead you to take on roles such as:

  • Community development officer
  • Policy and project officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Immigration officer

How else will I benefit from this bachelor degree?

  • Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) from Swinburne University of Technology.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and a qualification that’s highly valued.
  • Course materials provided.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for formal training or qualifications in this field.
  • Study at the world’s best! Swinburne Online is ranked among the top 3% in the world.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive a government study loan through HECS-HELP.

Swinburne Online also offers a number of scholarships and grants as a means of promoting equality, recognising excellence, and alleviating financial hardship. Enquire now for more information.

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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).

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Swinburne Online combines the prestigious name and high-quality education of Swinburne University of Technology with the ease and flexibility of online study. Drawing on over 20 years’ experience in the online tertiary education space, Swinburne Online has already helped over 5,000 students graduate with an industry-recognised qualification. With a range of university degrees and vocational diplomas that cover specialities including education, social sciences, business, design and communication – Swinburne Online is dedicated to helping students achieve their potential.
As a Swinburne Online student, you will have access to variety of support options to help you get the most out of your learning experience. A dedicated team of Student Liaison Officers (SLOs) are available seven days a week to answer any of your questions – be it academic, technical or administrative. You will also be assigned an eLearning advisor for the duration of your course, who will be your academic point of contact.

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