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Bachelor of Criminology

CQUniversity Australia
3-6 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
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CQUniversity Australia

Program description

Bachelor of Criminology

The Bachelor of Criminology will provide you with a multidisciplinary education that will allow you the opportunity to gain knowledge in a variety of disciplines relevant to criminology. Criminology is the study of crime and the criminal justice system and, with the ever-increasing reach of regulatory systems, there is an increasing focus on regulation and compliance in the justice sector more generally. Criminology has always been an interdisciplinary field of study which will enable you to integrate insights from sociology, philosophy, social theory, politics, psychology and other relevant disciplines to solve problems of crime, violence and conflict in society. Criminologists serve an important role in providing objective research and advice at all levels of policy-making from an evaluation of extensive government crime control initiatives through to proposals for local community anti-violence programs. Today criminologists increasingly work in fields of security, risk assessment and compliance in public and private sectors.

AQF Level: Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Admission requirements

English (4/SA) or equivalent

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or the United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 or 12, or equivalent), or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0
    • completed in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or the United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below.

  • An International English Language Test Systems (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6, with a minimum 6.0 for Reading and Writing and 6.0 for Speaking and Listening, or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate. Each student will be assessed individually.

Entry scores:

  • Rank Threshold: OP 16 | SR 66 | ATAR 61.8

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Program content

Compulsory units:

  • Foundations of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Procedure and Analysis
  • Introduction to Law
  • Indigenous Australians and the Criminal Justice System
  • Crime and Control
  • Crime, Media and Power
  • Criminal Intelligence Analysis
  • Case Management Practice
  • Understanding Violence and Conflict
  • Criminology Theory
  • Community Justice Innovation
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Criminal Ethnographies
  • Criminal Behaviour Analysis
  • Contemporary Criminology
  • Indigenous Justice
  • Justice Strategy and Alliances
  • Students must complete 1 from the following units:
    • Criminology Research Capstone
    • Criminology Work Placement Capstone

Scholarships & funding

The university offers a generous variety of scholarships to international students. For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.




Core learning outcomes:

  1. Critically evaluate criminal justice institutions and justice policies in Australian and international contexts
  2. Engage with individuals, communities and organisations in considering sustainable solutions to crime, violence and conflict
  3. Review evidence-based research, applying criminology methodologies, creative thinking and human-centred design principles
  4. Critically examine contributions to public debates on justice issues and effectively communicate via professional reports and presentations
  5. Work in a professional environment and be able to manage projects, information and teams in a collaborative way using interpersonal and technical skills
  6. Challenge inequality and behave in an ethically responsible manner embracing respect for Indigenous peoples, cultural diversity and access to justice.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Criminology, you will enjoy a wide variety of challenging career options in criminal justice, police, customs, correction services and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. This course is relevant to a broad array of government departments such as prisons, probation and parole centres, and positions such as court clerk, investigator as well as public and private security and investigation. It is also relevant to careers in public policy and corporate risk analysis and those that require a sound understanding of human behaviours such as human resource management, rehabilitation, business management, teaching, school guidance counselling, scientific research, public health, defence, and special education.

About this institute

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CQUniversity Australia

554-700 Yaamba Road
4701 Norman Gardens QLD

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