Undergraduate course

Bachelor of Criminology / Bachelor of Communication

Advance your creative thinking and communication skills as you learn to investigate social problems and crime from a criminal behaviour perspective.

What type of student are you?

Murdoch code

B1362

Study mode

Part Time or Full Time

Duration (years)

4

Selection rank

70

CRICOS code

096886G
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Overview

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.

3 reasons to study a combined degree in Criminology and Communication at Murdoch

  1. Choose from a range of majors including two majors available only at Murdoch – Crime Science and White Collar and Corporate Crime.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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

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 visit Murdoch Admission Information - Criminology (Combined). 

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency testsuniversity preparation coursesEnglish language coursesprevious 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.

 

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

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

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