Learn how to apply your scientific problem-solving skills to investigate criminal cases and explore patterns of crime.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
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.
9 reasons to study Crime Science at Murdoch
- Five-star rating for student-teacher ratio, overall experience, student support and teaching quality.*
*Source: Good Universities Guide 2020
- Murdoch is the only university in Australia to offer this course. Learn how to collaborate and see different viewpoints and opinions through working in teams with other discipline areas.
- Use real local data on local crime to generate hypotheses about crime patterns and trends.
- Learn how to collaborate and see different viewpoints and opinions through working in teams with other discipline areas.
- Analyse a crime problem and propose a targeted problem-solving strategy through working with the different disciplines that crime science covers – law, forensics and criminology.
- Challenge the way you think about the world as you learn problem-solving skills which can help you to make a difference in the community.
- 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.
- Combine your degree or take on a double major in another discipline to expand your career prospects even further.
- Learn from respected experts in their field who often appear in the media to share their insights on current events and issues.
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.
Customise your course
Customise your course with a second major or combined degree. Adding a second major or combined degree enhances your career prospects and allows you to specialise in two areas of study. Here are some combinations we recommend:
- Criminal Behaviour
- Criminology + Communication
- Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology
- Criminology + Global Security
- Criminology + Psychology (BA)
- Law + Criminology
- Legal Studies.
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
- 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 download our Information Pack.
- Perth campus
- Perth campus
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Mid-year start available (International students)
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
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