How to become a criminologist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a graduate training scheme
You can do a degree in:
- criminal justice and psychology
- youth justice
- law and criminology
You can also do a postgraduate qualification in criminology. Most degree subjects are accepted as entry but relevant work experience can also be taken into account.
It is useful to get experience through internships, volunteering and work placements during your studies. For example, you could work with adults or young people affected by the criminal justice system, or people who are the victims of crime. This can help you explore the options for future research or criminology specialisms.
Your university careers service can help you find opportunities.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
You could apply for a place on the Government Social Research Fast Stream programme to work in the Civil Service.
You'll need an upper second class degree or better, in criminology or social sciences, to apply.