Bachelor of Social Science with a Major in Criminology

Study Programme Details
Country: Australia
Admission Sessions: Autumn Session, Summer Session, Spring Session
Study Format: Full Time, Part Time
Mode of Study: Online

Programme Type

Bachelor's degree


36 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Embark on a fascinating exploration of criminal behavior and the intricacies of addressing global crime challenges with the Bachelor of Social Science – Criminology Major BA at Swinburne Online. Immerse yourself in a program that goes beyond conventional studies, offering industry-standard solutions to combat crime locally and globally.


Delve into selected true crime stories that showcase the impact of immersive journalism on investigations, uncovering new evidence and influencing outcomes. This unique approach provides insights into police practices and delves into the motivations behind young individuals encountering the criminal justice system. Gain a crucial perspective by analyzing these topics through the worldviews, histories, and standpoints of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Learn from seasoned experts with practical experience in corrective services, counter-terrorism, and transnational crime. This real-world knowledge ensures you develop a practical skill set, enhancing your job readiness upon graduation. Tailor half of your course by selecting electives aligned with your passions, offering a personalized and enriching learning experience.

Admission Requirements

Embark on your criminology journey with the following admission requirements:

  • Non-Year 12 entry: Completion of an approved tertiary qualification, including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees, or equivalent, with additional criteria.
  • Submission of a portfolio showcasing prior academic or work achievements may be required.
  • Year 12 entry: Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent.

Courses include:

  • Learning and Communicating Online
  • Sociological Foundations
  • Australian Politics
  • Connecting with Culture: Indigenous Australian Experiences
  • Fundamentals of Criminology
  • Policing: Systems and Practice
  • Cyber Crime and Security

Invest in your education with a tuition fee of $57,540 AUD, marking the beginning of an enriching academic experience. This investment lays the foundation for a meaningful career in criminology, offering a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Future Career Outcomes

  • Criminal Behaviour: What defines criminal activity? Which factors put people at risk of developing criminal behavior? Unpack these questions and learn about how they relate to the criminal justice system.
  • Policing: Learn about policing issues, crime statistics, the history of the police and where the future of policing lies in Australia.
  • Illicit Markets: How do counterfeit goods, illicit drugs and global illicit markets impact the world? Learn about their impact on a local and global scale.
  • Juvenile Crime: Learn about the motivations that may result in young people encountering the criminal justice system.

Visa Requirements:

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