Criminology graduates examine the nature, causes and constructs of crime and how society reacts.

Criminology students analyse types of crime and the factors affecting criminal behaviour such as peer group, poverty, behavioural or psychological influences. They examine crime in the context of history, culture and location and also study how effective we are as a country in managing fair rehabilitation practices and systems.

Where Criminology graduates work

Criminology intersects with areas of law, media studies, policy, policing, psychology and sociology and graduates work across these diverse areas. This may include working for Government organisations involved in youth support, justice or surveillance and security or working for not-for-profit organisations involved with education, rehabilitation or victim support.

Criminology graduates have worked in organisations including:

Roles and career pathways

Criminology graduates gain strong skills in research, analysis and communication that can be used in roles as probation officers, policy analysts and researchers, community workers and coordinators, case managers, communications advisors, project coordinators, training facilitators.

For careers In policy, intelligence, advisory and research some study at post-graduate level can be valuable. To become a practising criminologist a PHD is generally required. Complementary study in Psychology, Law or other social science areas can help broaden your employment options. Graduates with criminology degrees may apply to police college and have a career in the police force in various roles, or work in police non-sworn support roles as communicators, advisors or recruiters. Some graduates move into youth work and mentoring roles (further study may be required for this). Criminology graduates with undergraduate degrees or seeking a first role may work initially in administration or coordination, or junior adviser or trainee analyst roles.

Build relevant skills and experience

Part-time work and volunteering during study, especially in areas such as offender rehabilitation, mental health, justice or youth work can learn more about these industries and develop valuable connections and relevant work experience.  Part-time work in an entry level or customer or administration role at a justice related organisation or government department can also help gain relevant experience and connections while studying.

The FHSS Internship course run by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science helps develop leadership skills and practical work place experience. Programmes such as Victoria Plus, and Victoria International Leadership Programme (VILP) offer opportunities to gain diverse volunteer and leadership experience.

Make career connections

Making connections with individuals and groups during your degree can help your learn more about career opportunities. The Criminology Collective is a hub of interesting information and is administered by staff at the institute of criminology at Victoria University. The VUW CrimSocis a student led organisation for criminology student that offers a chances for support, events and networking. The Alumni as Mentors programme also helps enhance your connections and employability while studying.