• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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With a strong focus on psychology, law and society, this Bachelor of Social Science - Criminology Major from Swinburne Online gives you an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those affected by crime.

You will understand why crimes are committed and how crime impacts society. Topics include the detection and prevention of crime, including policing issues and offender profiling. You will investigate how the corrections system works, including ethics and prison experiences and populations.

By examining the motivations behind criminal activity, you gain the skills to analyse trends, formulate policies and create systems for crime prevention.

Our graduates work in all areas of the justice system, from victim support to corrections programs.

What you will learn

  • Forensic Psychology

Get an introduction to the criminal justice system and the methodologies involved in forensic work.

  • Criminology

Explore the detection, understanding and prevention of crime.

  • Corrections

Explore key issues in corrections systems including treatments, ethics and prison experiences and populations.

  • Policing

Gain an understanding of policing issues within criminology including training, selection and offender profiling.

Career opportunities

  • Community Development Officer

Foster social change and improve the quality of life within communities.

  • Policy and Project Officer

Lead specialist project activities and manage the development of policies.

  • Corrections Officer

Monitor and supervise offenders, and help integrate them back into the community.

  • Immigration Officer

Work to maintain effective immigration control based on the country’s immigration laws. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Learning and Communicating Online
  • Criminology: Theory and Practice
  • Policing: Systems and Practice
  • Capstone Unit: Advanced Topics in Criminology
  • Corrections: Systems and Practice
  • Australian Politics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Sociological Foundations

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements


Non-Year 12 entry

  • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.
  • Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.

Year 12 entry

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19936 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19936 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    6684 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6684 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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