Bachelor of Criminology

Choose Criminology at La Trobe

  • Join a university that has a 45-year history of teaching crime, justice and legal studies.
  • Ours is the only Bachelor of Criminology in Victoria to include forensics as a core component
  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities are an important part of this course, allowing you to apply what you learn in real work environments and to solve problems in the community.
  • Our WIL opportunities lead to careers – about 25 per cent of our Crime, Justice and Legal Studies students have gone on to work where they completed their placements.
  • We are the first university to partner with the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.

Career opportunities with a Bachelor of Criminology

This degree is for students interested in local and global criminal justice, who wish to develop the skills to become practitioners and policy makers in areas of:

  • corrections
  • crime prevention and advocacy
  • forensics
  • government departments; justice, customs and border protection
  • intelligence
  • policing (with additional qualifications)
  • public policy development.

What you'll learn

How to:

  • make a difference through advocacy and policy by understanding the complex causes of crime
  • work with people in the criminal justice system
  • apply your skills in a professional work environment
  • think analytically and critically about problems
  • communicate your ideas effectively.

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Course structure

This course equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the complex causes of crime, and to make a difference in communities through advocacy and policy development. Drawing on sociology, gender and Aboriginal studies, you'll discuss key themes of social justice and human rights advocacy to solve real problems in the community.

You can also choose two electives per year to focus on areas of law and the social sciences that interest you or choose from other disciplines such as science or business.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

First year studies

Semester 1Semester 2
Dispute ResolutionCriminal Law for Justice Professionals
Legal Institutions and MethodsFrom Prisons to Detention Centres: Interrogating Containment
Law, Order and JusticeUnderstanding Crime

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


There are a number of pathway options such as La Trobe Melbourne and Foundation Studies that are designed to give you the best chance of getting into your ideal course.

Check out some of our many other pathway options available.

Scholarships and financial support

You might also be eligible for other scholarships from La Trobe, external scholarships or financial support from La Trobe.

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