Crime cuts across all facets of society. Students focusing their degree on this area defend, prosecute and attempt to understand the people involved in crime. Criminal lawyers deal with simple criminal cases like parking fines to more complex charges such as murder. They can either represent the accused or work for the Crown Prosecutor.

Criminologists on the other hand explore the social causes and consequences of crime, deviance, and criminal justice issues. Students specialising in this area are not trained as law professionals, but in the investigation of social responses to crime and crime prevention, including organised crime, online crime, terrorism and violence. Criminology specialists are employed all over the world and operate in interesting roles tackling inequality, sustainability and conflict.

Career examples

  • Criminal lawyer
  • Correctional services officer
  • Security or intelligence officer
  • Crime prevention adviser


  1. Bachelor of Criminology / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  2. Bachelor of Criminology / Bachelor of Psychological Science
  3. Bachelor of Social Science
  4. Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)
  5. Undergraduate Certificate in Criminology and Human Services

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