Discipline

Criminology

Investigate why some behaviours are defined as criminal, why certain people may become criminals, and what their motivations might be. Through a number of disciplines including psychology and history, you’ll discover how crime can be minimised or prevented.

Criminology at Deakin: one of the few dedicated criminology courses in Australia

Community: connect and engage with the ANZSOC

Career opportunities

There’s more to a career in criminology than what you see in the plot of a TV crime-show. Places and institutions you could work include:

  • academia – criminology research
  • Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
  • correctional facilities and prisons
  • community services
    • government agencies
    • paralegal work at a law firm
  • policy development for government – advising local and international legal jurisdictions as an academic researcher
  • security services
  • sociology and youth work
  • state and federal police.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Research

Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Criminology is a diverse area of study that will always remain relevant in the community.

Merry Bandalan

Bachelor of Arts (majoring in criminology)

Dedicated criminology degree

Deakin has one of the few dedicated criminology courses in Australia, allowing specialised study for students seeking a career in the criminal justice system. Study topics that you won’t be able to elsewhere – like security, surveillance, terrorism and policing.

Criminology@Deakin

Criminology@Deakin is a forum dedicated to all things criminology. It’s also a hub for the important work that criminologists at Deakin are doing - and for regular articles and commentary that inspires.

Explore Criminology@Deakin

Our community

Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology

The society is devoted to promoting criminological study, research and practice. It brings together likeminded practitioners, academics, policy makers and students in all aspects of the field.

Crime, critical concept in sociology

Research with us

Take your studies to the next level with a higher degree by research in criminology. You could examine the effects of organised crime in the sporting world or change legal responses to violence against women.

Find out more about researching with us

What do our students and staff say?

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Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon talks about populist crime shows, representation of crime in the media, and the four broad issues that Deakin criminology investigates: crime, surveillance, security and justice.

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