#CoursesGalore: Criminology

If you're interested in pursuing your education in Criminology, here are some essential tips about this course that you should know!

What is it?

Criminology is the science that studies crime and criminal behaviour, the causes of crime, the definition of criminality and the social reaction to criminal activity.

Criminology is centred on the administration of justice. This means apprehending criminals and working within the legal system.

What will you study?

The degree will provide you with a broad, liberal education in social science, criminal justice and law (but you cannot become a lawyer through this course). It will expose you to the theoretical and methodological bases of psychology, sociology, history, political science and the natural sciences. The course will also develop your abstract, logical thinking and critical understanding of the issues, arguments and debates which shape the discipline’s character and aims.

Core subjects

Criminology; legal systems; philosophy; ethics; critical thinking; logic; research in criminology; law; media; psychology; civil and criminal courts; juvenile delinquency.

Typical course duration

You will need at least three years to complete a degree in this subject.


A good grade in mathematics is required to enter this course.

What do graduates do?

You can find employment in law enforcement, corrections, crime prevention, and public and private justice administration. You can also opt to go into occupations where familiarity with justice and the law is valued by employers, such as security and investigations with regulatory and other public agencies, Customs and border security, insurance and other private companies, and management and service provision with social service agencies.