Bachelor of Criminology

VU course code: LBCR | CRICOS: 102415F | Level of study: Undergraduate
3 years
In person

Tuition: per semester AU$14,900

City Campus
29 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

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’.

If you've completed a qualification where English was the primary language of instruction, you may be eligible for an exemption of English-language requirements.

In some cases, there may be additional entry requirements.

Learn more about entry requirements for international students.

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

As an international student at Victoria University, you will be required to pay your tuition fees up front each semester.

There may be additional materials fees throughout your studies, depending on your chosen course, as well as an administrative fee as part of your course.

Victoria University is proud to support our international scholarship recipients and sponsored students.

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us (and didn't apply through an agent), you may be eligible for a 10% discount. Not available for single-package courses.

Find out how




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