La Trobe University

Bachelor of Criminology


Start dates
March (Melbourne and regional campuses) and July (Melbourne Campus only) 2018
3 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
30 800

Make a difference in the world of criminal justice.

La Trobe’s Bachelor of Criminology combines a high-quality criminology education with a commitment to social justice and an emphasis on practical experience.

In first year, you’ll learn about key issues in relation to crime, criminal justice and the connection between the criminal justice system, access to justice and human rights. You’ll also examine the sustainability of our criminal justice system in relation to social, economic and environmental factors.

In second and third year, you’ll study policing, sentencing, corrections, forensics, victimisation, research and policy development, gaining a deeper understanding of the issues and practice of criminal justice. In third year, we provide opportunities for work placements across all sectors of the community, including the criminal justice system and community organisations.

Our Bachelor of Criminology helps you understand the complex causes of crime and develop innovative responses to it.

Reasons to study criminology at La Trobe:

  • We offer the only criminology degree in Victoria with forensics as a core component
  • Our sociology subjects are ranked in the top 150 in the world*
  • Our law subjects are ranked in the top 200 in the world**
  • La Trobe has a 45-year history of teaching crime, justice and legal studies.

You’ll benefit from guest speakers and networking opportunities with professionals such as leading forensic psychologists, former judges, forensic pathologists and DNA experts.

*QS world rankings by subject 2018

**QS world rankings by subject 2018

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Entry requirements

Subject prerequisites

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

Career outcomes

As a graduate, you’ll be ready to pursue a career in criminal justice worker, police officer, corrections officer, juvenile justice worker, crime prevention specialist, advocate, researcher, policy developer, intelligence officer, customs and border protection officer.

Fees and scholarships

Annual tuition fee (A$)

30 800


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.

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CRICOS code: 089314B