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
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Career opportunities

Criminology provides grounding for a career across a wide range of areas including:

  • anti-corruption agencies
  • Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
  • correctional facilities and prisons
  • community safety
  • community services
  • crime prevention
    • criminology research
    • government agencies
    • intelligence and security services
    • media spokesperson
    • paralegal work at a law firm
  • policy development for government – advising local and international legal jurisdictions
  • sociology and youth work
  • state and federal police.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

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


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.

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



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 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.

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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.

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