Bachelor of Forensic Science / Bachelor of Criminology

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00113B

The Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology trains you to piece together the many facets of crime, from understanding motives to unlocking hidden details in evidence. Understanding the nature of crime and the motivations behind criminal behaviour is a sought-after skill. By developing skills in these complementary disciplines, you’ll graduate with more career options and a broader perspective of crime and the justice system. This industry-led combined degree is designed in partnership with the Australian Crime Commission, ensuring your study experience reflects the everyday challenges of your future career. Practical learning is a key focus within the course. Hone your skills in our purpose-built crime scene training facility, gain industry experience through work-integrated learning opportunities and learn from international leaders in criminology through overseas study tours.


32 credit points over 4 years


  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry-analytical
  • Chemistry-forensic
  • Chemistry-medical
  • Crime
  • Crime prevention
  • Criminal justice
  • Criminal justice administration
  • Criminology
  • Criminology research methods
  • Criminology theory
  • Ethics
  • Forensic analysis
  • Forensic investigation
  • Forensic science
  • Hazardous materials and processes
  • Justice
  • Legal studies
  • Media and crime
  • Molecular and cell biology
  • Organised crime
  • Policing
  • Psychology
  • Punishment
  • Research methods
  • Risk, security, surveillance
  • Terrorism
  • Transnational crime
  • Victimology
  • Violence

Standard entry requirements

Current or recent Year 12 If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. ATAR This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations. Higher education experience If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the criteria below.* VET education experience If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the criteria below.^ Work and life experience If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the criteria below.* Selection criteria *This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations. ^This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations. Senior secondary prerequisite subjects Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Personal statement Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.


Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS). The Bachelor of Forensic Science component of the combined course is also accredited with the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS).

Study pathways

Honours year is available to high achieving students. Graduates may also have the opportunity to go on to further study and enter postgraduate programs.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Geelong Waurn Ponds
  • ATAR: 65.35
  • Online/Off-campus
  • Flexible Delivery
  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Further information

Graduates may find employment opportunities as a forensic scientist, criminologist or related role, in both the public and private sector, including areas such as the forensic science industry, science-based industries, teaching, government agencies, state and federal police, ASIO, correctional services, community services, and private security industries.

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