Bachelor of Justice and Criminology (Honours)
DurationFull-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years
This one-year program is designed to develop the skills of justice innovators and critically reflective leaders in the criminal justice sector and academia.
Building on the capabilities you acquired at undergraduate degree level, you’ll design and develop a research project and complete a scholarly thesis as you undertake advanced coursework, which provides a firmer grounding in the field and in research methods.
- Enhance your sense of professional identity and widen your learning horizons through exposure to a greater range of professional and research practice.
- Engage with the academic world of criminal justice by becoming part of a network of talented students providing fresh insights and information to the justice industry through deeper analysis.
- Become familiar with a variety of criminal justice professional environments, enabling you to add value to organisations and improve practice. Employers value an honours degree as it demonstrates higher-order research, analysis and writing skills.
Many honours students continue to develop an academic research career through further Master or PhD studies.
This program uses a variety of learning and teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations and group discussions.
In addition to your lectures and tutorials, you will also have interactive coursework seminars that develop theoretical knowledge and research skills. Expert supervision and regular meetings with your supervisor support individual self-paced research.
You will complete a range of assessments apart from the thesis, which may include essays, online tests, group presentations and exams.
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Crime management is a growth area and RMIT University sits at the cutting edge of preparing people for employment in this field.
Integral to the success of RMIT justice programs are their close links with criminal justice agencies, augmenting the program design, development and delivery.
The program is developed in consultation with an Advisory Committee made up of representatives from the Department of Justice, Courts and Tribunals, Corrections Victoria, Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police and the wider justice community. Their involvement ensures that the program is vocationally relevant, meets the needs of graduate employers and is up-to-date with latest issues.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
The central focus of this program is the thesis project. This is an individually negotiated research 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 research question, and provide a foundation for you to pursue further study or your career aspirations.
With our close industry ties, you will have the opportunity to tailor your thesis to current trends within the criminal justice sector.
You will complete a total of three core subjects that have been designed to assist you in undertaking research and writing your thesis. These subjects are:
- Research Strategies (Honours)
- Critical Readings in Justice and Criminology
- Engaged in Research.
Choose a program structure
|Bachelor of Justice and Criminology (Honours)||City Campus||
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
1 year full-time
Choose a program structure
Program code: BH060
Graduates of this program will work effectively as critical and reflective practitioners in a variety of professional environments within the public and criminal justice sectors, using a range of social perspectives and disciplines to advance principles of social justice.
You will be able to demonstrate sensitivity in working in culturally and linguistically diverse environments and lead debate within organisations on criminal justice policy, process and research issues.
- policy analysts
- research analysts
- parliamentary liaison officers
- social researchers
- law clerks
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 92 (with minimum of 20 in all sections)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available.
In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
As a CSP student, you may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which allows you to defer payment of up to 100% of your student contribution.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2018
|Student contribution band by course (subject)||Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2018|
|Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing||$6,444 per standard year
$805 per standard (12 credit point) course
|Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture||$9,185 per standard year
$1,148 per standard (12 credit point) course
Band 3: law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science
|$10,754 per standard year
$1,344 per standard (12 credit point) course
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to 100% of their student contribution.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.