Education and Training:
To become a criminologist you usually have to study criminology, criminal justice, justice studies, legal studies, psychology or police studies at university. 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 universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact Open Universities Australia or the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.
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.
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- Bachelor of Arts *
- Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws *
- Bachelor of Arts and Business
- Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Arts *
- Bachelor of Criminology *
- Bachelor of Criminology / Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice / Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)
- Bachelor of Economics / Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Psychological Science *
- Bachelor of Science - Advanced Mathematics / Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science - Advanced Science / Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science - Environmental Management / Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Arts *
- Bachelor of Social Science *
- Bachelor of Social Science - Criminal Justice
- Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Law
- Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) / Bachelor of Arts
- Graduate Certificate in Criminology
- Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis
- Graduate Diploma of Criminal Intelligence
- Graduate Diploma of Criminal Justice and Criminology
- Graduate Diploma of Criminology
- Master of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing
- Master of Arts - Intelligence Analysis
- Master of Criminal Justice and Criminology
- Master of Criminology
- Master of International Security Studies
- Master of Legal Studies *
- Master of Criminology (By Research)
Criminologists work in government departments, private industry or tertiary institutions.
Many universities employ criminologists as academics to teach criminology, legal studies, law and sociology, and to undertake their own research. Federal, state and territory justice agencies employ criminologists as research officers and policy advisers. They work in agencies involved with policy, law reform, juvenile justice, crime statistics and adult corrections. These include the Australian Institute of Criminology, the 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:
NSW Police, Recruitment Branch
Information for other states and territories: