Bachelor of Criminology

VU course code: LBCR | CRICOS: 102415F | Level of study: Undergraduate
3 years full time or longer for part time
In person
City Campus
29 July 2024
21 July 2024


Explore impactful legal and social issues and solve real problems in the community with a Bachelor of Criminology at Victoria University (VU).

In this criminology degree, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to critique and understand the causes and politics of crime. You’ll develop an understanding of the roles of police, legal and social welfare organisations within the system.

By studying our program based in cutting-edge criminology, you’ll gain a basis of the socio-political and individual factors that lead to criminal activity and its complex interactions with the criminal legal system.

You'll study areas including:

  • crime and inequality
  • policing and offending
  • digital criminology
  • victimology
  • transnational crime
  • international crime
  • crime prevention
  • corporate crime.

You’ll study specialist criminology subjects as well as law subjects to give you a strong foundation. Plus, you’ll apply your learning to case studies and practical scenarios, preparing you for the workforce.

As a Bachelor of Criminology graduate, you’ll have a wide-ranging understanding of the complex criminal legal system and the interconnectedness of social welfare, law, correctional institutions, community and policing. Your tertiary education will put you in high demand in this sector, which recognises the need for a more educated workforce. 

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

No minimum ATAR required

This course does not have a minimum ATAR requirement for entry. Read the entry criteria for this course below.

Why ATAR is not applicable

You do not need an ATAR score to apply for this course. Instead, you need to have successfully completed secondary school and to meet any requirements outlined below. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their ATAR, age, education or socioeconomic background.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To attain the Bachelor of Criminology students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core Studies
  • 96 credit points of Professional Core Studies

  • 96 credit points of Minor Studies

Choose two relevant minor areas of study

Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the government, reducing it to the amount listed here. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will qualify for a CSP place. If your course is not Commonwealth supported, or you don't qualify, you'll pay full fees.

Learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places




Key parts of the industry and profession, including Victoria Police, recognise the need for a more educated workforce. Your Bachelor of Criminology qualification will be widely recognised across many relevant areas, equipping you to embark on a fulfilling career in a variety of different areas. Some include:

  • government institutions
  • police work
  • community organisations
  • criminal legal institutions
  • intelligence officer
  • social work
  • crime analyst
  • policy officer.

Visit Jobs and Skills Australia to see the average salary for the following career paths:

Early intervention

Strong evidence shows that targeted early intervention programs for at-risk young people are a cost-effective way to reduce crime (Smart Justice).

VU Stories

Dean Tautai Uelese
Motives & meanings: solving & preventing crime
Bachelor of Criminology
"The VU Block Model helps narrow the focus to studying a single unit at a time, which makes it easier to manage."
Dean's story