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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
Studying this professional degree you will gain a strong theoretical, research, and applied understanding of human behaviour and the interplay between psychological and social contributors to crime.
Duration: 3 years
In our Bachelor of Criminal Justice you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of our justice systems, studying the law, sociology, criminology and social philosophy.
Duration: 3 years

Solve real problems in the community with VU's Bachelor of Criminology. You'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to help police, legal, and social-welfare organisations address the causes and results of criminal behaviour.

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
The School of Social Sciences and Psychology offers supervision for Master's degree programs in many areas.

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