Undergraduate Major

Crime Science

Learn how to apply your scientific problem-solving skills to investigate criminal cases and explore patterns of crime.

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Murdoch code

MJ-CRIS

Study mode

Full Time or Part Time

Selection rank

70

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Overview

Learn about what can cause growing crime rates and look closely at the “who, what, when, where, why” and how offences are committed.

In Crime Science you can combine your interest in science with your fascination for criminology. You’ll explore the areas of science that can lead to solving and preventing crime – and learn why more than one approach is often needed in problem-solving.

As part of your studies you’ll examine how crime hotspots are identified and how patterns of crime have changed over time. You will learn how data can identify and create opportunities for early intervention strategies and approaches to policing and crime prevention. Your studies will allow you to see the value of scientific methods in the analysis of crime trends and the difficulties faced by police forces in protecting the community.

3 reasons to study Crime Science at Murdoch

  1. Murdoch is the only university in Australia to offer this course.
  2. Use real local data on local crime to analyse crime problems and propose targeted problem-solving strategies through working with the different disciplines that crime science covers – law, forensics and criminology.
  3. Build your network from within our Law, Forensics and Criminology disciplines making use of our strong ties to the Western
    Australian legal and forensics community.

What you’ll learn

Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • Forensic anatomy and anthropology
  • Forensic science and miscarriages of justice
  • Advanced criminology
  • Crime science
  • International and transnational crimes

Your future career

Studying a Bachelor of Criminology in Crime Science will set you up for a career in the criminal justice system. Careers could include:

  • Federal or State Security and Law Enforcement Officer
  • Crime Prevention Officer
  • Criminologist
  • Community Corrections Officer
  • Juvenile Justice Officer

You’ll graduate with the skills you need to pursue roles within the court and corrections, police services, youth work, community groups, government departments and criminal forensics.

For further admission information about this course, please visit Murdoch Admission Information - Criminology.

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Entry requirements

I have completed studies in
Select which option best describes your path to university :
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
University study

For Criminology:

Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA)

For Law :

Successful study at AQF level 7 (or equivalent) achieving either one semester with a minimum 70% GPA; or two semesters with a minimum 67% GPA. Applicants via this pathway may be requested to attend an interview.

For Criminology:

Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA)

For Law :

Successful completion of at least one year.

Pre-Law

Successful completion of

Pre-Law course

with a 60% average.

Successful completion of

Pre-Law course

with a 60% average.

Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) courses

For Criminology:

Successful completion of one of the following:

· Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.

  • MUPC (1 Trimester).

· Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.

For Law :

Successful completion of one of the following:

· Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum average mark of 78% or higher with a minimum of 70% in the ‘Introduction to Academic Communication’ unit

Foundation Studies Course with a minimum average mark of 78% or higher.

For Criminology:

Successful completion of one of the following:

· Murdoch University Preparation Course

· Introduction to Academic Communication unit

· Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.

For Law :

Successful completion of one of the following:

· Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum average mark of 78% or higher with a minimum of 70% in the ‘Introduction to Academic Communication’ unit

Foundation Studies Course with a minimum average mark of 78% or higher.

Enabling courses

For Criminology:

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • OnTrack, FlexiTrack, OnTrack Sprint or K-Track at Murdoch University
  • Murdoch FlexiTrack High program in Year 12.
  • TLC - Learning for Tomorrow in Year 12.
  • an enabling or bridging course at another Australian University

For Law :

No direct entry

For Criminology:

Successful completion of the course.
 

For Law :

No direct entry

University study

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA)

For Law :

Successful study at AQF level 7 (or equivalent) achieving either one semester with a minimum 70% GPA; or two semesters with a minimum 67% GPA. Applicants via this pathway may be requested to attend an interview.

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA)

For Law :

Successful completion of at least one year.

Pre-Law

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of

Pre-Law course

with a 60% average.

Minimum english requirement

Successful completion of

Pre-Law course

with a 60% average.

Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) courses

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of one of the following:

· Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.

  • MUPC (1 Trimester).

· Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.

For Law :

Successful completion of one of the following:

· Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum average mark of 78% or higher with a minimum of 70% in the ‘Introduction to Academic Communication’ unit

Foundation Studies Course with a minimum average mark of 78% or higher.

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of one of the following:

· Murdoch University Preparation Course

· Introduction to Academic Communication unit

· Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.

For Law :

Successful completion of one of the following:

· Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum average mark of 78% or higher with a minimum of 70% in the ‘Introduction to Academic Communication’ unit

Foundation Studies Course with a minimum average mark of 78% or higher.

Enabling courses

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • OnTrack, FlexiTrack, OnTrack Sprint or K-Track at Murdoch University
  • Murdoch FlexiTrack High program in Year 12.
  • TLC - Learning for Tomorrow in Year 12.
  • an enabling or bridging course at another Australian University

For Law :

No direct entry

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of the course.
 

For Law :

No direct entry

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
Law Start

Successful attendance and completion of LAW START, an ability and aptitude Evaluation Pathway. Note this course is not available to students on a Student Visa.​

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

or interstate equivalent, or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.​


Portfolio entry

For Criminology and combined Criminology courses

A successful portfolio application that demonstrates relevant aptitude and ability in a related learning area.​ Find out more about the Portfolio Entry Pathway.

Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)

For Criminology:

70​​

For Law :

90 ​

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only)​.

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

For Criminology:

Overall Position (OP) of 13 or lower.

For Law :

Overall Position (OP) of 6 or lower.

For Law and Criminology:

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:​

  • English
  • English Extension (Literature)
  • English for ESL Learners.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

For Criminology:

Total score of 24 or higher.

For Law :

Total score of 33 or higher.

For Criminology:

Higher level (HL): 3 or better.

Standard Level (SL): 4 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

​ 

For Law​:

Higher level (HL): 5 or better.

Standard Level (SL): 6 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Overseas Year 12
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
GCE A Levels

For Criminology:

Minimum of 6 points taken from the best 2 or 3 subjects where A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points e.g. A=2.5, B=2 etc.) or higher.

For Law :

Minimum of 12 points taken from the best 2 or 3 subjects where A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points e.g. A=2.5, B=2 etc.) or higher.

For Criminology:

A Levels: D in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

AS Level: C in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

For Law :

A Levels: C in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

AS Level: B in one of the following:

  • English Language

English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)

For Criminology:

CPS 54 or higher.


For Law :

CPS 70 or higher.​

For Criminology:

50% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).

For Law :

65% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).

Extenuating circumstances

We'll consider applications from prospective students whose education has been compromised due to genuine hardship, resulting in them falling short of entry requirements for an undergraduate course. Find out more.

Case-by-case assessment.
Law Start

Minimum academic requirement

Successful attendance and completion of LAW START, an ability and aptitude Evaluation Pathway. Note this course is not available to students on a Student Visa.​

Minimum english requirement

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

or interstate equivalent, or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.​


Portfolio entry

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology and combined Criminology courses

A successful portfolio application that demonstrates relevant aptitude and ability in a related learning area.​ Find out more about the Portfolio Entry Pathway.

Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

70​​

For Law :

90 ​

Minimum english requirement

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only)​.

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

Overall Position (OP) of 13 or lower.

For Law :

Overall Position (OP) of 6 or lower.

Minimum english requirement

For Law and Criminology:

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:​

  • English
  • English Extension (Literature)
  • English for ESL Learners.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

Total score of 24 or higher.

For Law :

Total score of 33 or higher.

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

Higher level (HL): 3 or better.

Standard Level (SL): 4 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

​ 

For Law​:

Higher level (HL): 5 or better.

Standard Level (SL): 6 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Overseas Year 12

Minimum academic requirement

Please refer to the information under the country of study.

Minimum english requirement

Please refer to the information under the country of study.
GCE A Levels

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

Minimum of 6 points taken from the best 2 or 3 subjects where A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points e.g. A=2.5, B=2 etc.) or higher.

For Law :

Minimum of 12 points taken from the best 2 or 3 subjects where A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points e.g. A=2.5, B=2 etc.) or higher.

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

A Levels: D in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

AS Level: C in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

For Law :

A Levels: C in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

AS Level: B in one of the following:

  • English Language

English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

CPS 54 or higher.


For Law :

CPS 70 or higher.​

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

50% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).

For Law :

65% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).

Extenuating circumstances

Minimum academic requirement

We'll consider applications from prospective students whose education has been compromised due to genuine hardship, resulting in them falling short of entry requirements for an undergraduate course. Find out more.

Minimum english requirement

Case-by-case assessment.
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
Diploma or Advanced Diploma AQF level 5–6

For Criminology:

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

For Law :

No direct entry

For Criminology:

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

For Law :

No direct entry

Certificate IV AQF level 4

For Criminology:

Successful completion of a Certificate IV.

For Law :

No direct entry

For Criminology:

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

STAT Written English score of 140 or higher (145 if prior to May 2010).

 ​

For Law:

No direct entry​

Diploma or Advanced Diploma AQF level 5–6

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

For Law :

No direct entry

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

For Law :

No direct entry

Certificate IV AQF level 4

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

Successful completion of a Certificate IV.

For Law :

No direct entry

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

STAT Written English score of 140 or higher (145 if prior to May 2010).

 ​

For Law:

No direct entry​

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
For Criminology: Multiple Choice score of 135 (145 if taken prior to May 2010). For Law : No direct entry – consider Pre-Law pathway.

For Law and Criminology:

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).


Mature Age Pathway (MAP)

For Criminology:

MAP involves an interview and a portfolio submission to be assessed by the Academic Chair of the course. Admission is based on relevant work and life experience. Applicants must also meet the English Language Competency requirements for the course. Email us for more information .

For Law :

No direct entry – consider Pre-Law pathway.

For Criminology:

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Must be met according to the respective courses standard ELC requirements, STAT Written English 140, etc.

 

For Law:

No direct entry​

Portfolio entry

For Criminology and combined Criminology courses

A successful portfolio application that demonstrates relevant aptitude and ability in a related learning area.​ Find out more about the Portfolio Entry Pathway.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology: Multiple Choice score of 135 (145 if taken prior to May 2010). For Law : No direct entry – consider Pre-Law pathway.

Minimum english requirement

For Law and Criminology:

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).


Mature Age Pathway (MAP)

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology:

MAP involves an interview and a portfolio submission to be assessed by the Academic Chair of the course. Admission is based on relevant work and life experience. Applicants must also meet the English Language Competency requirements for the course. Email us for more information .

For Law :

No direct entry – consider Pre-Law pathway.

Minimum english requirement

For Criminology:

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Must be met according to the respective courses standard ELC requirements, STAT Written English 140, etc.

 

For Law:

No direct entry​

Portfolio entry

Minimum academic requirement

For Criminology and combined Criminology courses

A successful portfolio application that demonstrates relevant aptitude and ability in a related learning area.​ Find out more about the Portfolio Entry Pathway.

As per normal university admission requirements

English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency tests, university preparation courses, English language courses, previous tertiary study or vocational education.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai  and Singapore campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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Check the apply to start dates to see when you can begin your degree, then follow the four step application process. Remember to check the document checklist for what to include when applying.

 

 

To start studying in Semester 1 you can apply direct to Murdoch online.

Check the apply to start dates to see when you can begin your degree, then follow the four step application process. Remember to check the document checklist for what to include when applying.

 

 

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Check the apply to start dates to see when you can begin your degree, then follow the four step application process. Remember to check the document checklist for what to include when applying.

 

 

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Check the apply to start dates to see when you can being your degree, then follow the four step application process. Remember to check the document checklist for what to include when applying.

 

 

To start studying in Trimester 1 you can apply direct to Murdoch online.

Check the apply to start dates to see when you can begin your degree, then follow the four step application process. Remember to check the document checklist for what to include when applying.

 

 

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To start studying in Trimester 3 you can apply direct to Murdoch online.

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Your Document Checklist

Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have some or all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Completed official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion
  • ATAR results
  • STAT Test results

Your Document Checklist

Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have some or all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Complete or incomplete official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion – both original and English translated versions
  • English Language Proficiency Document (if available)
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