Deakin University

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 examine the many facets of crime. Understanding the nature of crime and the motivations behind criminal behaviour is a sought-after skill and is particularly powerful when combined with expertise in modern forensic science. By developing skills in these complementary disciplines, you will 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 this degree. You will develop 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.


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

VCE 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.This course uses the ATAR and your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations. Selection is competitive, meeting these minimum requirements or their equivalents does not guarantee selection into this course. All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please refer to this course entry on the Deakin University website to read about ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement. Refer to the Deakin University website for more detailed information about additional course requirements for all applicant groups, or equivalent minimum requirements for applicants with a higher education study, VET study or work and life experience.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.


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

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Geelong Waurn Ponds
  • ATAR: 53.8
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

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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