Advance your creative thinking and communication skills as you learn to investigate social problems and crime from a criminal behaviour perspective.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Combine a Bachelor of Criminology degree with a Bachelor of Communication to gain skills and ways of thinking that will really give you a competitive edge in your career. You could pursue a career in criminology or use your knowledge to become a crime journalist.
You’ll investigate criminal behaviour, the science behind crime and legal studies while learning from industry experts as you fine-tune your presentation, language and writing skills.
You can customise your degree to suit your interests – and your career aspirations. With your Bachelor of Criminology, you can choose to major in Legal Studies, Criminal Behaviour, Crime Science or White Collar and Corporate Crime. Your Bachelor of Communication allows you to major in Journalism, Strategic Communication and Global Media and Communication.
8 reasons to study a combined degree in Criminology and Communication at Murdoch
- Choose from a range of majors including two majors available only at Murdoch – Crime Science and White Collar and Corporate Crime.
- Investigate crime and social problems as you develop analytical, communication and conceptual thinking skills.
- Use real local data on local crime to generate hypotheses about crime patterns and trends.
- Learn from respected industry experts who have owned their own social media agencies overseas, worked for major TV news stations and often appear in the media to share their insights on current events and issues.
- Graduate with two qualifications, a unique skillset and even more career opportunities.
- Learn the latest real-world techniques and policies, with course input and guest lectures by forensic experts from PathWest, ChemCentre, WA Police, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Coroner’s Office in your Criminology degree.
- Work with organisations on real projects as part of your Communication degree through our Work Integrated Learning program. Some of our students have interned with Lifeline, RAC Arena and The Salvation Army.
- Get more real-world experience in our on-campus student creative consultancy MESH and work on projects with real companies. Organisations have included Royal Lifesaving WA and the WA Division of the United Nations.
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:
- crime scene investigation
- children and crime
- communication strategy and planning
- broadcasting and digital newsgathering
- communicating global issues.
Customise your course
A combined degree enhances your career prospects and allows you to specialise in two areas of study. Here are some other combined degrees you might enjoy:
- Criminology + Law
- Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology
- Criminology + Psychology (BA)
- Communication + Creative Media
- Communication + Law.
Your future career
This course will give you a combination of skills and specialised knowledge which will expand your career options. Your career options could include:
- Crime Journalist
- Crime Prevention Officer
- Community Correction or Juvenile Justice Officer
- Court Administrator
- Paralegal Officer.
You could work in a range of industries including the media, in business, roles with local, state and federal government or non-governmental organisations (known as NGOs).
For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.
- 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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