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, sociology and history, you’ll discover how crime is devised and explore how it can be minimised or prevented.

Get work-ready

With the perfect balance of theory and practical learning, Deakin has one of the few dedicated criminology courses in Australia, offering specialised study for students seeking a career in the criminal justice system. Study topics that you won’t be able to elsewhere such as security, surveillance, terrorism and policing and explore a range of emerging criminal issues including environmental crime, corporate crime, cybersecurity and domestic violence. You'll graduate armed with the critical thinking skills to tackle criminal justice issues at a more complex level.


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.

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.

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)

Industry relevant

Our criminology courses are designed in conjunction with professional bodies including Victoria Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, so you can be confident that what you learn at Deakin will be relevant to your future career.

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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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.

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Why study criminology at Deakin?

Lecturer in Criminology, Dr Emma Ryan, provides insight into what you'll learn by studying this discipline at Deakin, covering practical and applied learning, other study areas that combine well with criminology, and where graduates are now working.

Postgraduate criminology at Deakin

Professor Reece Walters and Dr Monique Mann talk about the benefits of studying postgraduate criminology at Deakin, the type of students studying the course, the assessment tasks, and the skills gained throughout the course.


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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