What to do with a criminology degree

Explore the careers you might be interested in going into after studying a criminology degree.

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What can you do with a criminology degree

Criminology students can go into a variety of careers including roles in the criminal justice sector, charities and local government. 

If you decide to study at Sussex, you'll explore crime and the criminal justice system. Find out more about our courses and course content.

Already at Sussex? Visit our careers site.

What jobs can you get with a criminology degree

Jobs may include, but are not limited to: 

  • community worker
  • local Government officer
  • police officer
  • prison officer
  • probation officer
  • social researcher
  • social worker
  • youth worker.  

If you haven't studied a degree yet, and you're considering a criminology course, you may want to browse our: 

What can you do with a Masters in criminology

You might want to pursue a career in any of the above jobs. Or you could think about continuing your education further.

At Sussex, we offer research degrees including:

You may then be able to go into an academic career, including roles such as:

  • researcher
  • higher education lecturer 
  • professor. 

For more information about careers after a criminology degree, see website Prospects

If you're a current Sussex student, see more advice from our careers section.


You may develop skills including:

  • analysis and interpretation
  • intellectual debate
  • interpersonal skills
  • problem solving
  • research
  • self management. 

At Sussex, you can further develop your study skills by signing up for a range of workshops, tutorials and online resources.

Work experience and placements

You can gain work experience by doing a placement with an organisation. 

At Sussex, during your degree, you can choose to apply for one of the below: 

  • a professional placement
  • an integrated placement if it is a requirement for a course.

This may help you gain skills and work experience before you graduate. Find out more about placements and internships at Sussex

You may also want to look for work experience opportunities in your own time at organisations, such as:

  • central Government
  • local government
  • police and prison services
  • crown courts or magistrates courts
  • the National Health Service
  • charities (for example, those that work with young offenders)
  • law practices.

What do criminologists do

Recent graduates from the Department of Sociology at Sussex have secured jobs including

  • border force assistant officer, Border Force UK
  • evidential property assistant, Sussex Police
  • service delivery manager, Victim Support.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017).