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What will I learn?


Some of Australia's most important social problems are waiting to be solved. Learn how to create innovative solutions to social issues and build a safer community in our Bachelor of Criminology.

Explore crime in its broader social context. Understand how both crime and our response to it are shaped by gender, race, power and money. You will learn how to solve real problems in your community and gain a deeper understanding of various specialized areas including forensic science, victimology, family violence, international crime, youth justice, prisons and deaths in custody.

With more than 45 years' experience teaching law and criminology, La Trobe is committed to the highest levels of excellence in teaching, practice and ethics.

Gain invaluable experience with internships and work placements. In your third year, you can choose to take on an industry placement at organizations like the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Corrections, Victoria Police or the Victims of Crime Tribunal.

You can build a career that makes a positive impact on your community.

You'll learn:

Criminal justice

Explore how deviance and crime are understood by different parts of society. Explore the role of courts, police and prisons.

Causes of crime

Explore the complex causes of crime, including how social factors intersect with the criminal justice system.

International crime

Understand how crimes transcend borders. Analyse responses from the international community.

Forensic science

Learn about the role of forensic sciences in the criminal justice process.

Practical skills

Enhance your graduate job potential by undertaking electives in case management or industry internships.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7 - Bachelor Degree.

Career outcomes

There is high demand for criminology experts. Skilled criminology professionals are needed in areas like corrections, crime prevention, intelligence, policy and juvenile justice.

La Trobe graduates will be ready to play a leading role in creating safer communities.

Possible career options include:

Policy officer

Develop evidence-based policies that inform our response to crime.

Community programs manager

Support victims of crime and offender rehabilitation. Manage crime-prevention programs in Australia or overseas.

Crime analyst

Analyse trends in criminal behaviour and develop intelligence-led responses.

Specialised police officer

Work in a specialist policing role and create safer communities.

Intelligence officer

Plan, develop and manage intelligence operations in Australia and overseas.

Court registrar and paralegal

Support legal professionals in courts and legal practices.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

Which department am I in?

Department of Law and Criminology



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,600.00 (19,67,742) per year
Application deadline

Expected February 2023

More details

Start date

18 July 2022


La Trobe University

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus,

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive,



3086, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate. International Baccalaureate - 24 to 33. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Internet based (iBT): Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing, Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50, C1 Advanced: 169 with no less than 169 in any component, C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For international students

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Chisholm Institute