Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice

RMIT University

Whether it's at the front line of Australia's border protection or working with Australia's Federal Police, criminal justice opens up all kinds of local and international career options. This course focuses on preparing students for employment. Close links with criminal justice agencies are built into its design, development and delivery. Developed in consultation with senior members of the Victorian judiciary, police (state and federal), Department of Justice, and the Department of Human Services Victoria, this course appeals to those wanting to enter the police forces, corrections, courts, customs and related agencies. The course also provides a qualification for those working in relevant agencies to assist with career progression and moving into other related fields.

Course Fee:

International: $74,880

Entry Requirements:

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.


Year 1 - You'll study 7 core courses and 1 elective. You'll be introduced to key institutions and concepts in criminal justice, including policing and the correctional system. You'll also learn about the uses of technology in crime, crime investigation, cross cultural communication and psychology. Year 2 - You'll study 6 core courses and 2 electives. You'll learn more about theories in crime and offending, the correctional system, public policy and social research. You'll also study international human rights and global crime. Year 3 - You'll study 4 core courses and 3 electives. You'll be prepared for employment in the criminal justice sector by studying theories about working in organisations, crime prevention, and the ethical practices expected of those who work in the administration of criminal justice.

Subjects you can Study:

Corrections, Crime prevention, Criminal justice administration, Criminology, Forensic investigation, Globalisation, Information security, International law, International studies, Judicial studies, Justice, Law (court processes), Law (criminal), Law (evidence), Legal studies, Management, Police administration, Police studies, Psychology, Youth justice.

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the following RMIT programs are eligible for exemptions (subject to certain criteria): Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Diploma of Community Services (Case Management), Advanced Diploma of Interpreting, Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice, Associate Degree in Legal Practice (Paralegal), Advanced Diploma of Translating, Diploma of Youth Work, Diploma of Financial Counselling.

Further information:

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police, customs and border security, corrections, community services, the courts system, local authorities, security management, researchers, prisons administration, prosecutions, child protection, counselling, civil and criminal law firms, administrators, youth justice, dispute settlement, mediation, forensics.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00122A

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City 80.05 No Full time 3 years
City 80.05 No Part time 6 years
Founded in 1887, RMIT became a university in 1992. It offers both higher education and vocational education courses with over 82,000 students including 31,160 international students, of whom 18,860 are taught outside Australia (almost 7,000 at RMIT Vietnam).

Over 900 courses exist to graduate at all levels, including certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas and associate, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. RMIT University is a global university of technology and design offering areas of study including: aerospace and aviation; architecture, building and planning; art and design; business; communication; community and welfare; computing and information systems; education and training; engineering and related technologies; environment; health sciences; humanities, social sciences and legal; manufacturing and processing; and science and mathematics.

RMIT has three campuses in Melbourne, Australia, with smaller sites at Hamilton and Point Cook. Main campus in Melbourne's CBD is spread over a number of Melbourne city blocks. There are art galleries, cinemas, bookshops and cafes on campus. The Brunswick campus is six kilometres from the city and offers state-of-the-art specialist graphic technology, fashion and textile facilities - with access to the on-campus International Fibre Centre. The Bundoora campus is set in extensive parklands and offers courses in life sciences, education and manufacturing/mechanical engineering.

RMIT also two campuses in Vietnam and a centre in Barcelona, Spain. They also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Belgium, Spain and Germany, and enjoy research and industry partnerships on every continent.

RMIT was awarded the Premier's Award for International Education and the award for Excellence in the inaugural Victorian International Education Awards.

Provider CRICOS: 00122A

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