Criminology Careers

Criminology as a subject tries to throw light on complex issues related to crime and criminal justice. By making use of tools of criminology, and different schools of criminology, criminologists try to delve deep into various questions like:

    • Who commits crimes and why?
    • How does society respond to a crime in general and to a criminal in particular?
    • How is the intensity of a crime measured?

Criminologists find out ways to understand the nature and impact of behavioural and social problems which alleviate crimes. Criminologists work towards formulating policy making for juvenile justice, drug addiction, cyber crimes, violence, crime prevention, indigenous justice, and organised crimes. 

The other areas of interest in this field include:

    • Prevention of crime
    • Crime statistics
    • Criminal behaviour
    • Penology
    • Evaluation of criminal justice agencies
    • Sociology of law
    • Criminal careers and its desistance

Criminology Eligibility Criteria

Education Requirements: Plenty of Indian universities and colleges offer courses in criminology both at undergraduate and post graduate levels.To obtain a degree in criminology you must have a background in either science or arts.

Training Programs: Degree and Post Graduate courses in Criminology/Criminology and Correctional Management/Criminology and Forensic Science are offered by various institutions in India.

Degree holders can also opt for the one year diploma or two year postgraduate diploma course in Criminology.There are also specialised courses in criminologyfor those who have graduated in law.


A typical course in criminologywould include subjects like criminal law, juvenile delinquency, basics of criminology, etc.

Criminology Career Prospects

Experts in criminology can find jobs as probation officers, jailors, social welfare officers, counsellors,etc. They can also get into crime fightingorganisations like the CBI, IB etc. or work in rehabilitation centres, juvenile homes and voluntary organisations. If a career in criminology is what you aspire for you’ll find plenty of job opportunities.

Those who have specialised training in forensic science can seek employment in forensic labs or in the forensic department of crime fighting units.

Self-employment is possible as a private detective. Insurance Companies as well as some corporate houses employ investigating officers to ascertain the bonafides of a client.

Criminology Institutes & Training

    • Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)
Aligarh – 202 002 (U.P.)

    • Andhra University
Waltair, Visakhapatnam – 530 003 (A.P.)

    • Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya
Gour Nagar
Sagar, Madhya Pradesh – 470 003

    • Gujarat University
Navrangpura, Ahmedabad – 380 009

    • Karnataka University
Pavate Nagar, Dharwad – 3

    • Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith
Varanasi – 221 002 (U.P.)

    • Nagpur University
Nagpur, Maharashtra

    • Punjab University
Sector – 14, Chandigarh – 160 014

    • Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Deonar, Mumbai – 400 088

    • University of Madras
Chepauk, Chennai – 600 005 Tamil Nadu

    • Utkal University
Vanivihar, Bhubaneshwar – 751 004 (Orissa)

Institutions offering courses in Criminology for those who have completed LLB:

  • University of Jammu
Jammu Twai – 180 004

  • University of Lucknow
Lucknow – 226 007 (U.P.)

  • University of Pune
Ganeshkind, Pune – 411 007 (Maharashtra)

  • University of Rajasthan
Jaipur – 302 004


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