What drives people to commit crimes? Learn about the causes, interventions and prevention of criminal behaviour to prepare yourself for a career in the criminal justice system.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
You’ll learn to challenge common perceptions of crime as you investigate why people commit offences, how to reduce or prevent crime, and how to help both victims and offenders involved in the criminal justice system.
You’ll examine punishment as a solution to crime while also considering the role of treatment as a response to criminal behaviour and the importance of reintegration.
Exploring criminal behaviour from a social, psychological, biological and legal perspective is an integral part of this course and you will consider the criminal behaviour of both adults and children. During your studies you’ll have the opportunity to learn the practical skills and ways of thinking that can help you forge a rewarding career after you graduate.
7 reasons to study Criminal Behaviour at Murdoch
- Learn to make a difference in people’s lives as you explore what can cause criminal behaviour and how it might be prevented.
- Challenge common perceptions of crime with insights into why people commit offences, how to reduce or prevent crime, and how to help both victims and offenders involved in the criminal justice system.
- Develop research methodologies to take an evidence-based approach to your chosen field of work.
- Develop analytical, creative and conceptual thinking to investigate social/crime problems from a criminal behaviour perspective.
- Build your network from within our Law, Psychology and Criminology disciplines, making use of our strong ties to the Western Australian legal, psychology and business 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:
- criminal behaviour
- psychology and law
- children and crime
- policing and crime prevention
- culture, diversity and crime.
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:
- Crime Science
- Criminology + Communication
- Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology
- Criminology + Global Security
- Criminology + Psychology (BA)
- Law + Criminology
- Legal Studies.
Your future career
With a degree in Criminal Behaviour, you could work in the criminal justice system in a range of roles in Australia or overseas.
Careers could include:
- Community Correction or Liaison Officer
- Juvenile Justice/ Youth Officer
- Police Officer
- Research Officer.
When you graduate, you will have the skills for a career within court and corrections facilities, 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 and external
- 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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Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
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.
How to apply as a Domestic StudentInternational Student
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
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