BH060 - Bachelor of Justice and Criminology (Honours)

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Plan: BH060P16 - Bachelor of Justice and Criminology (Honours)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Justice and Criminology (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BJust&Crim(Hons)
Total credit points: 96
Career: UGRD
Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 091101
CRICOS code: 055811K

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Purpose of the Program

A central focus of the Bachelor of Justice and Criminology (Honours) program is the thesis project. This is an individually negotiated project supported by individual and small group interaction with staff, peers and industry experts.  Your thesis project will focus on a topic of your choice, negotiated with a supervisor, to allow you to address a policy-related research and development issue which will provide a capstone experience and foundation for you to pursue your further study or career aspirations. The other courses in the program are intended to assist in the preparation and conduct of your thesis project.

The program is designed to to build on the capabilities you have acquired at degree level and provide additional learning horizons and expose you to a fuller range of policy and research practice.

The overall objective of the program is to develop graduates who can:

  • work effectively within a variety of professional environments within the public and criminal justice sectors, as critical and reflective practitioners who use a variety of social perspectives and disciplines to advance principles of social justice,
  • lead debate within organisations on criminal justice policy process  and research issues,
  • demonstrate sensitivity in working in culturally and linguistically diverse environments and be aware of the connectedness between the local and the global, and
  • manage conflict and assess risk and be able to solve problems in an informed, creative and dynamic manner.
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Articulation and pathways

The Honours program is designed for students who have completed relevant undergraduate degrees within RMIT and other universities with the intention to broaden, deepen and value add to existing knowledge, understanding and practice. No exemptions for electives are available for this program.

As part of a dual sector University, the program is recognised to fit with broader processes which articulate between the Higher Education and TAFE sectors.

The following programs most commonly provide pathways for entering the Bachelor of Justice and Criminology (Honours):

  • BP023 Bachelor of Criminal Justice 
  • BP191 Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work)
  • BP204 Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies
  • BP295 Bachelor Criminology and Psychology

If you have already completed any of the specialisation courses offered during your undergraduate studies at RMIT, you will be required to complete another of the offered specialisations in the Honours program.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of a 3-year undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, with a minimum GPA of 3.

International English language requirements:

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia, there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in Criminal Justice. However, the program is overseen and supported by the Justice and Legal Sector - Program Advisory Committees (PAC). The organisations and agencies represented on the PACs were consulted in the development of this program. The School and program maintains strong links with relevant industry organisations.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content
As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
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