Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Criminology

Swinburne Online
Swinburne Online
  • Awarded by

    Swinburne Online

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration

    3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

  • Start Date

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  • Career Outcomes

    Community Development Officer | Immigration Officer | Criminologist | Correctional Officer | View all

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Last modified: 05 Feb 2019

In a Nutshell

Jump into the world of crime and analyse the motivations behind criminal activity in this Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Criminology degree from 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.

Here's why Ashnita loves studying criminology with Swinburne Online.

  • What You'll Need to Get In


    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; OR
    • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification; OR
    • Significant and relevant work experience
  • Subject Breakdown

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    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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  • Why Swinburne Online?

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    With strong links to industry and a focus on practical skills, Swinburne gives students an edge in the competitive job market. Placing in the prestigious QS Graduate Employability Rankings, Swinburne shapes graduates who are confident and competent in meeting the challenges of a fast-changing world. Over 100 years, Swinburne has educated more than 150,000 graduates in areas ranging from science, technology and engineering through health, education and business to media, design and innovation. Swinburne Online has drawn on more than 20 years’ experience in the online tertiary education space to help over 9,600 students graduate with an industry-recognised qualification.

    As a Swinburne Online student you’ll have access to a range of support options to help you get the most out of your learning. A dedicated team of Student Advisors are available seven days a week to answer your questions – academic, technical or administrative. You’ll also be assigned an eLearning advisor who will be your academic point of contact for the duration of your course.

Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Criminology from Swinburne University of Technology.

With this qualification you will  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. 

Wondering where a career in criminal justice could take you? Potential job outcomes may include; Criminologist, Community Development Officer, Correctional Officer, Policy Officer, Project Officer, Immigration Officer.

Let's Talk Price

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.


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 $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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