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Criminal justice courses

Studies in criminal justice provide specialised knowledge, skills and competencies to work in a range of professional and community settings.

Recent needs of the criminal justice profession are for graduates with skills in social science, criminal justice systems and law, including criminology, sociology and social philosophy. 


When students graduate they will be qualified to seek employment in the criminal justice system.

Many of our graduates also gain employment in:

  • community legal settings
  • law firms
  • security and intelligence organisations
  • welfare and support agencies.


Our criminal justice courses are provided by the College of Arts & Education.

Bachelor degrees (undergraduate) 4 courses

Duration: 3 years

Prepare for a fascinating career in the justice system or community welfare, with VU's Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Psychological Studies.

Duration: 3 years
Gain in-depth knowledge of our justice systems and a holistic approach to community justice with the Bachelor of Criminal Justice.
Duration: 3 years

Develop the legal and social understanding to solve real problems in the community with VU's Bachelor of Criminology.

Duration: 4.5 years

Launch a career investigating and prosecuting crime, or defending the accused, with a law and criminology degree from VU.

Postgraduate research 1 course

Postgraduate Research

Research postgraduate

Our Office for Research provides support to our current and future researchers, such as:

  • identify a research topic
  • find a supervisor
  • apply for research supervision or grants.
Duration: 2 years
Undertake a Master of Arts (Research) at VU to gain a respected qualification in the humanities, arts or social sciences.

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