Bachelor of Criminology and Justice

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)

  • Location


  • Career Outcomes:

    Parole Officer | Security Officer | Customs Officer | Research/Policy Officer | Police Officer | View All

Course Rundown

If you have a keen interest in criminology, belief in the justice system and a passion for social justice, a Bachelor of Criminology and Justice from Edith Cowan University is the perfect course to set you on your ideal career path.

Developed with a contemporary, international approach, this comprehensive course takes a cross-disciplinary look at criminology and justice through the lenses of law, political science, psychology and sociology. You’ll learn the ins and outs of crime and social control, as well as having the ability to customise the course to suit your own interests and aspirations through a choice of six majors: Addiction Studies, Corrections, Family and Child Support, Policing, Professional Youth Work and Security Management.

With the option to study on-campus in Perth or online, full- or part-time, you can study how, when and where you like. And in just a few years, you’ll graduate with the contemporary theoretical knowledge and professional skills you need to seek your dream job in criminology.


You may be eligible to apply for this course at ECU if you meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a minimum indicative ATAR of 70 (or equivalent); OR
  • Have undertaken a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualification at the appropriate level; OR
  • Have previously completed units of study at University level; OR
  • Hold a STAT result that meets ECU’s standard requirements; OR
  • Have completed a bridging or enabling course; AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency and special admission requirements (see below).

Please note that School Leaver applicants will require completion of WACE or equivalent. 

If none of the above applies to you, but you have work and life experience, you may be eligible to apply via ECU’s Experience-Based Entry Scheme. 

Special Admission Requirements: Please note that one or more of the majors in this course have admission requirements.

What You’ll Learn

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

Core units

  • Essential Skills for University Study in Criminology and Law
  • The Criminal Justice Process
  • Criminology
  • The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
  • Research Methods I
  • Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods II
  • Correctional Studies - Theory and Practice
  • Critical Aspects of Policing
  • Aboriginal Australians in the Criminal Justice System
  • Professional Ethics, Accountability and Integrity
  • Criminology & Justice Capstone Project
  • Workplace Practicum

Addiction Studies major

  • Addiction Studies: Fundamental Concepts
  • Addiction Studies: Psychoactive Drugs
  • Addiction Studies: Processes of Change
  • Addiction Studies: Intervention Initiatives
  • Addiction Studies: Social Action
  • Addiction Studies: Counselling Skills 1
  • Addiction Studies: Counselling Skills 2
  • Addiction Studies: Preventive Practice

Corrections major

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Interpersonal and Helping Skills
  • Professional Skills - Case Management
  • Leadership
  • Youth Justice
  • Community Corrections (Theory and Practice)
  • International Human Rights
  • Misconduct and Corruption Prevention

Family and Child Support major

  • Ecology of Children and Families 1
  • Interpersonal and Helping Skills
  • Ecology of Children and Families 2
  • Culture, Equity and Diversity
  • Purpose of Play
  • Child Rearing
  • Leadership and Management in Community Services
  • Designing Family Support Programmes
  • Children and Family Studies Professional Placement
  • Vulnerable People and Communities
  • Social Research and Program Evaluation

Policing major

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Management
  • Health and Welfare After Trauma
  • Policy and Procedure for the Justice Professions
  • Leadership
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Operational Policing
  • Misconduct and Corruption Prevention

Professional Youth Work major

  • Youth Issues
  • Interpersonal and Helping Skills
  • Principles of Youth Work
  • Working with Groups
  • Youth Work Professional Placement
  • Vulnerable People and Communities
  • Ethics in Human Services
  • Ideology and Youth Work Practice
  • Theories of Youth
  • Inclusive Youth Work Practice
  • Strategies for Social Change

Security Management major

  • Security Foundations
  • Physical Security
  • Building Management Systems
  • Threat Detection Systems
  • Surveillance Systems
  • Security Control Systems
  • Counter Intelligence
  • Radicalism and Political Extremism

Why study with Edith Cowan University?

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Student Support

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Criminology and Justice from Edith Cowan University.

Graduates have the theoretical knowledge and professional skills needed to seek employment in a range of positions within the criminology and justice arena, from policing and corrections through to research and security. Graduates may also choose to pursue further study with a Bachelor of Criminology and Justice (Honours).

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Students may pay for this course upfront or through a government HECS-HELP loan (if eligible).

Scholarships and ECU Student Loans are also available to eligible students.

HECS-HELP 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.