School of law

Criminology

70 ATAR | 3 Years Full Time or Part Time Equivalent

Examine Crime and Criminal Behaviour from a range of perspectives including law, science, sociology and psychology. You will learn to challenge common perceptions of crime and how to help victims and offenders in the criminal justice system.

You will develop a broad range of professional and personal skills, including the ability to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge, information and communicate effectively. These skills are widely sought after by employers in a broad range of industries.

Criminology will help you understand why people commit crimes, how we can prevent crime, and how we can improve the criminal justice system. Your own perceptions of crime and criminal behaviour will be challenged.

Crime Science it an emerging field of study - and Murdoch has Australia's only Crime Science course.

  • Potential Careers

    Careers in Criminology are not limited to one defined area. Students who study Criminology can explore a range of careers in areas such as:

    Policing:
         - ASIO
         - Customs
         - State or Federal
         - Community Crime Prevention Officer
         - State or Federal Security Agent

    Courts:
         - Research and Policy Officer
         - Family/Juvenile Counsellor
         - Family Law Case Worker

    Corrections:
         - Community Corrections Officer
         - Parole Officer
         - Juvenile Justice Officer
         - Prison Officer

    Data Analysis:
         - Australian Bureau of Statistics

  • Undergraduate Course

    Bachelor of Criminology (BCrim)
    • *Due to course structures, some combinations may result in additional time.

      Combined Degrees (4-5 years)

    • Bachelor of Criminology & Bachelor of Laws (5 years)
    • Bachelor of Criminology & Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (4 years)
    • Bachelor of Criminology & Bachelor of Science (Forensic Biology & Toxicology) (4 years)
    • Bachelor of Criminology & Bachelor of Communications (4 years)
    • Minors:

      For those who have an interest inCriminology but, it is not your first choice, you do not have to miss out as we offer a few exciting minors to ignite new energy into this exciting field. These minors are also suitable for those students doing a single or double major in Criminology and want to explore an additional field in this discipline.

      Crime Science Minor

      Crime science is devoted to finding what works to cut crime. It applies scientific methods and knowledge from many disciplines to understand, detect and counter crime and security vulnerabilities. Through this, crime scientists can deliver sustainable and often immediate reductions in crime and other threats to security.”

      This is an appealing minor for anyone interested in the study of Crime or the Science behind Crime. This minor is available with majors from other disciplines or suitable for those studying the BCrim who are not studying the Crime Science major.

      Criminological Psychology Minor

      This minor covers the psychological basis of criminal behaviour and the treatment of offending behaviour as well as the contribution of developmental factors towards the development of criminals.

      This minor is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in Psychology and Crime. This minor is available with majors from other disciplines or is suitable for those studying the BCrim who are not studying the Criminal Behaviour major.

      Law & Justice Minor

      This minor introduces the function of law and society with a particular focus on the role of law in the social justice arena.

      This minor is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in Psychology and Crime. This minor is available with majors from other disciplines or is suitable for those studying the BCrim who are not studying the Legal Studies major.

  • Honours

  • Internships

    Criminology students  have the opportunity to participate in some exciting internship opportunities that count for credit towards their degree. Previous internships involve but are not limited to the WA Policing Agencies and Corrective Services. The below was from an article in “From the Line” and issued by the Corporate Communications Branch.

    "To further promote the use of research to inform policing practice, the Evidence Based Policing (EBP) unit hosted four criminology and law students. The successful students were selected through a competitive processed managed by Strategic HR. The students each work two days per week, and specific work packages were negotiated with the University coordinators. During each two month period, each intern will deliver a substantial report which reflected their fresh perspective and the contemporary understanding they’ve gained through their studies, to support the current EBP work steams of body worn video, restorative justice, curfew checked and crime harm index. In addition to the academic component of their work, the students have the opportunity to gain exposure to WA Police and to experience “research in action” – something which has been very positive. Following the success of the current arrangements, EBP said they would welcome other students and see this as a win-win situation for both students and WA Police."

    Senior Analyst – Paul House – Evidence Based Policing

    Article in “From the line” issued by Corporate Communications Branch

    Students seeking further information on the possibility of participating in an internship as part of their degree should contact  workplacements@murdoch.edu.au