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Your Criminology career starts here with the Bond University Diploma of Criminology

Respond to crime by studying the Higher Education Diploma of Criminology at Bond. The two-semester program provides the core skills to start your career or for further study.

Complete your Diploma of Criminology in 8 months and articulate into a Bond Degree sooner

Bond University Diplomas are delivered over two semesters allowing students to commence their undergraduate study sooner. Transition into a university degree seamlessly having already been part of the Bond community.

Hear from our students

“Studying at Bond University has given me the chance to decide what career path I want to take as well as providing support during the course of my study. Smaller classes have given me the opportunity to seek assistance where needed and have a more hands on approach with my learning. With such a wide range of programs and multiple opportunities I can’t imagine studying anywhere else”.

Courtney Taylor, Brisbane

Key features

  • Complete your diploma in only eight months
  • Integrate into the university environment from day one
  • Have the support of extra tutorials just for diploma students
  • Articulate into the third semester of a Bond degree

About the program

The Diploma of Criminology provides a fascinating introduction to the study of criminology with subjects including Media and Crime, Forensic Victimology, Crime and Deviance and the Australian Criminal Justice System. The Diploma of Criminology will teach students core skills to enhance their career prospects, whether that be a student fresh out of high school or someone wishing to upgrade their qualifications. Show more

The Diploma of Criminology provides a fascinating introduction to the study of criminology with subjects including Media and Crime, Forensic Victimology, Crime and Deviance and the Australian Criminal Justice System. The Diploma of Criminology will teach students core skills to enhance their career prospects, whether that be a student fresh out of high school or someone wishing to upgrade their qualifications. Some core skills covered include; familiarity with the criminal justice system and the ability to draw on knowledge and perspectives from a range of disciplines such as law, sociology, psychology and history. Communicating in groups, problem solving, decision making, rational and critical thinking, an understanding of ethics, morals and cultural beliefs. It will allow students to question why different societies define and respond to crime in different ways. Successful completion of the Diploma of Criminology will provide students with either a pathway to Bond University undergraduate degrees or a start to your career in intelligence analysis, research, or consulting in the areas of state and federal government, law enforcement or crime research. Successful completion of the Diploma of Criminology guarantees students a place in most undergraduate degrees at Bond University, with a possible 80 credit points credited towards their new program of study. Students are advised to check the degree study structures online to confirm for which subjects they may receive credit. Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration2 semesters (8 months)
Starting semesters
  • January 2018
  • May 2018
  • September 2018
  • September 2017
Program typeDiploma
Study areaFoundation Programs, International Relations and Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Program codeCO-00010
CRICOS code078658B
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

Successful completion of the Diploma of Criminology will provide students with a pathway to most Bond University undergraduate degrees or a start to your career in intelligence analysis, research, or consulting in the areas of state and federal government, law enforcement or crime research.

The Diploma of Criminology is a two semester (full-time) program of 8 subjects and 1 compulsory skills building subject.

Mandatory subjects

Students must complete the following mandatory subjects for the Diploma of Criminology:

Elective subjects

Students must complete two of the following elective subjects for the Diploma of Criminology:

*Academic Skills (BCAS01-020) is a compulsory 0 credit point subject that provides you with core academic skills including referencing, academic writing and time management. It must be completed in your first semester (weeks 2 to 6).

Recommended study plan

For information regarding appropriate enrolment for each semester, we recommend that students see the Program Structure and Sequence webpage.

The total program fees for the Diploma of Criminology are:

  • $24,744
  • $26,968

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Domestic students

Entry into the Diploma of Criminology requires the successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent (OP 18 to 21/ATAR 54.20-40.65). Bond University College offers tertiary preparation programs (Foundation Program and University Preparation Program) for students who do not currently have the required academic qualifications.

  • Work experience - ANZCO Skill level 3 for 1 year full-time equivalent
  • Incomplete Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation (passing grades in 2 subjects)
  • STAT result of 144
  • OP ineligible Schedule equivalent rank to OP 16 to 21

For alternate means of entry such as work experience or the Special Tertiary Admissions Test please contact the Office of Future Students.

Toll-free: 1800 074 074 (in Australia)
Tel: +61 7 5595 2222 (international)
Email: [email protected]

International students

International academic entry requirements.

English language proficiency requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.

Key dates

Bond University calendar

How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to apply.

Hear from our academics

“I always enjoy teaching students through their Diploma of Criminology because we are simultaneously engaging their preconceived curiosities about matters of crime and justice, while also developing fundamental critical thinking and problem-solving skills required in the field. The students love the freedom and encouragement we give to learning from contemporary cases, events and issues. The real-life focus of the Diploma of Criminology helps students connect with content and move through to future studies with a strong baseline of theoretical and practical knowledge”.

Laura McGillivray Academic Teacher