Investigate the motives, causes and consequences of crime – and learn how to combat it. Our criminology degree combines psychology, sociology and history to help you understand criminal behaviour and find ways to minimise or prevent it.

Explore your study options

Deakin's criminology degrees blend theory and practical learning to prepare you for a successful career in criminal justice. Study criminology and set yourself apart when you develop specialist knowledge of emerging criminal issues including environmental crime, corporate crime, cyber security and domestic violence.


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.


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.

Choose a criminology degree that will get you work ready

Go beyond the theory and gain real-world experience in our criminology courses. Graduate with a portfolio that demonstrates your empathy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to future employers.

Graduate with real-world experience

Our work-integrated learning opportunities enable you to apply your skills in real-world settings and bridge the gap between theory and practice. Build a portfolio that showcases your critical thinking, empathy and confidence.

Develop an in-demand skillset

Graduate with valuable critical thinking skills that are transferable to almost any industry. As a criminology student, you will develop in-demand analytical, research and communication skills.

Take the next step to a brighter future

Explore our criminology courses and find out more about life at Deakin. Get more inspiration for your future career in a major growth sector.

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Top professional roles in criminology

Employment in public administration and safety is projected to grow by 80,500 (or 8.8%) over the 10 years to May 2033.* Diverse and challenging roles include criminologist, policy advisor, crime trend analyst, crime researcher and more. Strong analytical, research and communication skills mean criminology graduates have a distinct advantage in private organisations.

  • 7,600 new jobs for police
  • 6,700 new jobs for intelligence and policy analysts
  • 2,900 new jobs for social professionals (such as criminologists).

Guaranteed pathway

Is the Bachelor of Criminology your dream course but you don't quite meet the entry requirements? Deakin's Associate Degree of Arts offers a guaranteed study pathway to help make your career goals a reality.

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Deakin Accelerate Program

Are you currently in Year 12 and planning to complete an extra subject? You can boost your ATAR when you join the Deakin Accelerate Program. You’ll get a head start by completing two first-year university units in criminology while you’re still in Year 12.

Learn more about the Deakin Accelerate Program

Graduate with an employment advantage

Deakin delivers one of the most established and forward-looking criminology courses in Australia. Graduate with the skills and experience to make a difference with a degree from Victoria’s #1 university for graduate employment.^

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.

Taylor McCaw

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

World-class teaching experiences

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

Leading the way

Deakin offers the most established criminology course in Australia, combining a strong foundation with a forward-looking perspective to deliver high-quality outcomes for students.

Strong industry connections

Our criminology courses are designed in conjunction with professional bodies including Victoria Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. You can be confident that your degree will be relevant to your future career.

Research with us

Take your studies to the next level with a postgraduate 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.

Learn in world-class facilities

Studying a combined criminology degree means you’ll learn in state-of-the-art cyber security labs at Victoria’s #1 university for facilities and resources.#

Want to explore more?

If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in criminology, learn more about why a degree from Deakin is the right choice for you.

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*2023 Employment Projections - for the 10 years to 2033, Jobs and Skills Australia.
^Graduate Outcomes Survey 2022, Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT), based on overall employment for undergraduate students.
#2022 Student Experience Survey, Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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Got a question about our criminology courses? Our course advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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