Criminologist (NSW/ACT)

State/Territory Specific Information

Education and Training:

To become a criminologist you usually have to complete a degree in criminology, criminal justice, justice studies, legal studies, psychology or police studies. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your HSC/ACT Year 12 with English. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview. A number of institutions in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact Open Universities Australia or the institutions you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.

Related Courses:

While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.

*Course is offered by more than one institution. Click link for details.

  1. Bachelor of Arts *
  2. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws *
  3. Bachelor of Arts and Business
  4. Bachelor of Arts and Business / Bachelor of Laws
  5. Bachelor of Behavioural Science / Bachelor of Laws
  6. Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Arts *
  7. Bachelor of Criminal Justice
  8. Bachelor of Criminology *
  9. Bachelor of Criminology / Bachelor of Laws *
  10. Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  11. Bachelor of Economics / Bachelor of Arts
  12. Bachelor of Psychological Science *
  13. Bachelor of Science - Advanced Mathematics / Bachelor of Arts
  14. Bachelor of Science - Advanced Science / Bachelor of Arts
  15. Bachelor of Science - Criminology and Psychological Studies
  16. Bachelor of Science - Environmental Management / Bachelor of Arts
  17. Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Arts *
  18. Bachelor of Social Science *
  19. Bachelor of Social Science (Advanced)
  20. Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking
  21. Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Law
  22. Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Laws *
  23. Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice / Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
  24. Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) / Bachelor of Arts
  25. Graduate Certificate in Criminology
  26. Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis
  27. Graduate Diploma of Criminal Justice and Criminology
  28. Graduate Diploma of Criminology
  29. Master of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing
  30. Master of Arts - Intelligence Analysis
  31. Master of Criminal Justice and Criminology
  32. Master of Criminology
  33. Master of Criminology (By Research)

Employment Opportunities:

Criminologists work in government departments, private industry or tertiary institutions.

Many universities employ criminologists as academics to teach criminology, legal studies, law and sociology, as well as to undertake their own research. Federal, state and territory justice agencies employ criminologists as research officers and policy advisers. They also work in agencies involved with policy, law reform, juvenile justice, crime statistics and adult corrections. These include the Australian Institute of Criminology, the federal Criminal Law and Law Enforcement Branch, police departments, courts and corrective institutions. Private welfare agencies and individual corporations such as specialist security firms also employ criminologists. Employment opportunities may depend on the allocation of government funding to these areas.

For Further Information:

Australian Institute of Criminology

(02) 6260 9200

NSW Police, Recruitment Branch

1800 222 122

Information for other states and territories: