Course Detail

Bachelor of Criminology


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.


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.


Course Information

  • IELTS: 6.5/6.0

  • Scholarship: Yes

  • Tuition Fee: AUS $35,000 per year

Admission Requirements

Academic entry requirement

70% in high school