criminology graduate certificate

Last Updated on July 30, 2023

Key facts


0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent


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Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2022 close 20 February 2022

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

criminology graduate certificate

Studying the Graduate Certificate of Criminology gives you a solid base of knowledge in crime and criminal justice. Begin to approach criminal behaviour, crime policy and prevention from a different angle, applying your learnings to further study or directly in the workforce.

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Course information

Course structure

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate of Criminology, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study comprising two credit points of core units and two credit points of course electives.

  • Academic IntegrityAAI018
  • Crime and Innovative JusticeACR701
  • Criminological Policy and Criminal Justice PracticeACR702

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 – March

Trimester 2 – July

*This course will be offered at Burwood (Melbourne) from Trimester 1 2023.

Participation requirements

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

Entry requirements

Entry information

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a Bachelor degree or higher OR
  • at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent) OR
  • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Recognition of prior learning

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee – full-fee paying place$12,700 – Full-fee paying place
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study for Graduate Certificates. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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What is FEE-HELP?

FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income – but only once you’re earning over $47,014.

Please note: fees shown by the calculator are indicative only and based on 2022 rates. Actual fees may vary. We advise confirming fees with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.

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  • $12,700* is the estimated full cost for a Graduate Certificate of Criminology (4 credit points), based on the 2022 fees.
  • $1,508 is the annual FEE-HELP payment, based on your current salary
  • 2.5% of your current salary be spent on FEE-HELP


Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you’ve got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

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Postgraduate bursary

If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Deakin Application Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.APPLY THROUGH DEAKINNeed more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you’re still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

Entry pathways

Students who successfully complete this course would meet the entry requirements and therefore be eligible to apply for admission into the A704 Master of Criminology (or similar).

Contact information

Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

1800 693 888

[email protected]


Career outcomes

As a graduate, your deeper understanding of crime and criminal justice will be in high demand by agencies focused on specific areas of the community. If you’re already in the workforce, you’ll be prepared for roles that require advanced knowledge, ensuring you’re capable of making well-rounded decisions that will positively impact lives.

Once successfully completing this course, you’ll also be eligible to apply for the Master of Criminology – a further step in the right direction to becoming a senior criminological expert.

With a Graduate Certificate of Criminology, you can confidently apply for roles as a corrections officer, case manager/worker or specialist adviser and explore a variety of areas, including:

  • anti-corruption agencies
  • correctional facilities and prisons
  • community services
  • criminology research
  • government agencies
  • intelligence and security services
  • sociology and youth work
  • state and federal police

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