Top 1% worldwide for arts and humanities


Top 1% of universities worldwide


#1 Victorian uni for educational experience


Industry experts shape every Deakin course


Graduate job-ready with work placements


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Find a criminology degree

Deakin provides specialised study for students seeking a career in the criminal justice system. Our teaching takes a unique and highly relevant approach to understanding security, surveillance, terrorism and policing, providing you with the necessary skills for a successful career in criminology.


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.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Looking for a criminology degree that will prepare you for the workplace?

Graduate with on-the-job experience and a transferable skillset that can be applied to any industry.

Long-term industry partnerships

Our criminology courses are designed in conjunction with professional bodies, including Victoria Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. So you can be confident the knowledge and skills you gain will be highly relevant to your future career.

Practical learning opportunities

Set yourself apart when you graduate with invaluable on-the-job experience. Our work-integrated learning opportunities enable you to apply your skills in real-world settings.

Transferable skills to make an impact

Criminology students develop strong analytical, research and communication skills, which are transferable to almost any industry. You will gain the confidence to tackle complex social issues and make a positive impact on the world's challenges.

Start your journey with Deakin College

Start your journey with Deakin College

Take the first step towards your dream degree at Deakin College. Based on campus, Deakin College provides a supportive and smooth pathway to a world-class degree at Deakin University. Successfully complete the Diploma of Communication and transition directly into a second-year bachelor degree.

Top professional roles in criminology

Employment for legal, social and welfare professionals is projected to grow by 18% by 2026 according to Australian Government employment projections. Get ahead with Deakin – we’ll help you build your network within the community and industry.

  • 9500 new jobs for health and welfare services managers
  • 5600 new jobs police officers
  • 4100 new jobs for research and development managers
  • 2500 new jobs intelligence and policy analysts
  • 1500 new jobs for policy and planning managers.

Top 1% worldwide for arts and humanities

Study with the best. Deakin is ranked in the top 1% worldwide for arts and humanities. This rating highlights our world-class facilities, academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

Deakin is the best choice you can make if you are looking to challenge the status quo and understand the world in a more critical way.

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Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Arts (Honours)/Doctorate of Philosophy (Criminology)

World-class teaching

Deakin’s industry-shaped courses and practical, real-world approach to learning will prepare you to be adaptable across the jobs of the future.

Strong industry connections

Gain a competitive advantage from our strong industry connections. Leaders from industry sit on our advisory board to collaborate with staff and ensure our courses reflect real-world best practices.

Leading the way

Deakin was the first university in Australia to offer criminology as a degree, and is recognised as a leader in the industry.

Why study in Australia?

Why study in Australia?

Safe, welcoming and diverse, Australia is one of the most popular destinations for students around the world. Discover what it’s like to live and study in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

#1 university for student support

Coming to Australia to study can be the adventure of a lifetime. From orientation and welcome sessions to academic support and social activities, we are here to support you every step of the way.

Cost of studying in Australia

Make your dream of studying at university in Australia a reality. Learn how university fees work, how to calculate and pay your fees and discover international scholarship opportunities.


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Get help or contact Deakin

Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services for international students and how we can help you study at Deakin in Australia.

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