Graduate Certificate in Crime Prevention

VU course code: LTCP | Level of study: Postgraduate
0.5 years full time or longer for part time

Fee type for this course: Full fee

City Campus


Take your legal career the next step with the Graduate Certificate in Crime Prevention at Victoria University.

Are you a professional working in, or wishing to work in, the field of crime prevention? If so, this course is for you.

You will gain a deep understanding of key prevention theories and contemporary approaches, as well as the ability to critically evaluate prevention policy and practice through a lens of social justice and inclusion. This will form the groundwork for the development of job-ready skills through exciting evidence-based projects in both social and environmental prevention.

The course consists of four units and runs part-time across the year from February to November. Each unit includes online material that you can study at your own pace, and one evening in-person workshop per week – meaning you can study if you are working full time.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • primary prevention of crime and harm
  • typologies of prevention
  • crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED)
  • community safety
  • the politics of prevention
  • social psychology and behavioural economics
  • the role of police in prevention
  • community development and inclusion
  • urban planning and design
  • prevention policymaking and strategy
  • designing and evaluating prevention.

Contact the course director

For information about this course, please contact the course director Ruth Liston.
Email: [email protected]

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current 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 different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

For PhD applicants, we offer a related ‘Integrated PhD’ which allows you to establish relevant skills before beginning your research.

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.

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.

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).


Crime Prevention Scholarship



There is high demand for people with skills in crime prevention. Professions and organisations that require such skills include:

  • state government, for example in the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS)
  • local councils, for example as community safety officers
  • Victoria Police, for example as crime prevention officers
  • urban planning and design.

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