BP023 - Bachelor of Criminal Justice

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Plan: BP023P16 - Bachelor of Criminal Justice
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 Criminal Justice
Award abbreviation: BCrimJust
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/global-urban-and-social-studies
ASCED code: 091101
CRICOS code: 012347G

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice is a multi-disciplinary academic program that examines the characteristics and operations of the criminal justice system as well as relationships between crime and crime control within the context of a democratic society. The program is specifically designed to explore individual, social, cultural, historical, and organizational influences on criminal justice policies and operations from both theoretical and real-world perspectives. You will develop an understanding of the history of crime and justice administration and the ways in which it is embedded in contemporary cultures.

The program is designed to prepare you for a wide variety of careers in criminal justice areas such as policing, corrections, court administration, customs and regulatory law enforcement. Specifically, the program is designed to give you a broad foundation of skills, knowledge and capabilities for actively participating in criminal justice administration, including the three major sub-systems of the industry: policing, courts and corrections.  You will also have the opportunity to specialise in one or more areas including: civil law; criminal law; courts; corrections; critical criminology; dispute resolution; gendered violence; indigenous studies; international security; policing; social justice; and youth justice.

These specialisations are aligned with professional knowledge and capabilities relevant to different careers in justice. In your final year, you will be provided with a vocational capstone experience in the 50 day HWSS2181 Justice and Legal Internship in a criminal justice organisation and a conceptual capstone experience in SOCU2116 Contemporary Criminology through which you will integrate and synthesise your knowledge, connect theory to practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes. 

Successful completion of this program provides a pathway into a Masters. Upon successful completion of this program you may also be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University.

The delivery of this program is blended comprising of face-to-face learning supplemented by online learning. 

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Articulation and pathways

Graduates of the following RMIT programs may be eligible for credit in this program:

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs including the Bachelor of Justice and Criminology (Honours), Master of Justice and Criminology, Juris Doctor, Master of Public Policy and Master of Gobal Studies, subject to each program's entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school) qualification.

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country Equivalency web page on the RMIT website.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirement

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English requirements web page.

NDIS Worker Screening Check

You may be required to apply for, and receive an acceptable NDIS Worker Screening Check prior to undertaking professional placement with an NDIS provider as part of this program.

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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 has strong, ongoing links with the Federal and Victorian (as well as other states and territories) Justice sectors.  In particular, it has been characterised by its very close associations with industry organisations servicing policing, corrections, courts administration, customs, legal administration, investigations, juvenile justice, Human Services, and the Department of Justice.

The program is regularly monitored through an Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) which consists of high profile industry experts and representatives. Ongoing consultation with IAC ensures that the program remains up to date with the most relevant industry standards and practices. 

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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

Library resources and services

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.
Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. 

Contact Ask the Library for information on Library resources and services:http://www.rmit.edu.au/library. Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing,maths and study skills. 

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT studies www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University 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.
You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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