Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology)

  • Get qualified to work as a Criminologist or Forensic Analyst with this Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology)
  • No upfront cost & your textbooks are provided
  • Flexibility of studying online

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At a glance

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)
Career Opportunities
  • Criminologist
  • Australian Federal Police Officer
  • Criminal Profiler / Investigator
  • Corrections / Criminal Support Officer
  • Crime Prevention Officer

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.


Academic or work experience



Course length
Set your own timetable & finish the course within 2 years (minimum) to 9 years (maximum)
Study mode


Reports, essays, projects & exams
Start date

3 start dates per year.

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)
Payment options

Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

Upfront payment

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The entry requirements for this course are:

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent, (VCE studies must have included successful completion of units 3 and 4 in English with a minimum study score of 25 in English), and meet the associated minimum ATAR; OR
  • a Certificate IV qualification or above, OR
  • at least 4 years of work experience

Courses are only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • How crime affects all levels of society and leaves a lasting impact on victims and their families 
  • Ways to reduce crime
  • Understanding the motivations of crime and implementing strategies to combat it
  • Learn how to use research to identify the social issues that lead to crime 
  • Development of policy and systems to address social problems that lead to crime

Course structure

24 units

Core units

  1. Learning & communicating online

  2. Policing: Systems & practice

  3. Corrections: Systems & practice

  4. Introduction to forensic science

  5. Understanding the modern world

  6. Social research design: Principles & methods

  7. Criminology: Theory & practice

  8. Advanced topics in criminology

  9. Introduction to forensic psychology

  10. Sociological foundations

  11. Deviance, difference & conformity

  12. Sources of conflict & its resolution


You will need to complete 12 electives as part of this course. You can select your units from a range of other Swinburne Online courses.

Support and delivery

Studying with Swinburne Online

Support for students

Set your own timetable

Designed for maximum flexibility, this criminology course allows you to study anytime, anywhere.

There are 3 teaching periods a year, and you can enrol in 1 to 4 units every period.

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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