Get career ready
With the perfect balance of theory and practical learning, you will graduate with the critical thinking skills to begin a career in the criminal justice system. Study security, surveillance, terrorism and policing, and explore a range of emerging criminal issues such as environmental crime, corporate crime, cybersecurity and domestic violence.
A long-term industry partner
Deakin was the first university in Australia to offer criminology as a degree, and our researchers remain dedicated to helping better the field. Our curriculum is designed in conjunction with professional bodies including the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, so you can be confident that what you learn at Deakin will be relevant to your future career.
Online to on-campus pathway
Please note: students are not currently able to travel to Australia to study on campus. We encourage you to accept your offer now to start studying online, and when Australia's borders re-open, you will be able to travel to Australia to commence on-campus study. We recommend you apply for your visa as soon as we issue your confirmation of enrolment. While you hold a valid student visa, the Australian government will recognise any study undertaken online towards eligibility for post study work rights.
For more details about post-study work rights, visit the Australian Government's Post-Study Work Stream website
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, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.
Criminology studies can prepare you for careers 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
- risk assessment
- 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.
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.
Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Arts (Honours)/Doctorate of Philosophy (Criminology)
Research with us
Take your studies to the next level with a postgraduate criminology degree or 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.
Explore our knowledge
Criminology@Deakin is a forum dedicated to all things criminology. It is also a hub for the important work that criminologists at Deakin are doing – and for regular articles and commentary that inspires.
Professor Reece Walters and Dr Monique Mann discuss the benefits of studying postgraduate criminology at Deakin.
How to apply: international students
Deakin University students Tatyana and Kaweesha talk through the application process at Deakin. Learn about meeting entry requirements, organising your documents and submitting your application – either directly or through a Deakin agent.