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Understanding Criminology

Updated on October 12, 2017

Many people are intrigued by the prospect of working with forensic evidence and the justice system or in the world of criminology in general, often though people are not entirely clear as to what this field of study involves.

Most people associate the field of criminology with the police and assume that anyone who graduates with an MSc Security and Risk management in the field of criminology would work as a Police officer. Whilst this is true to a certain extent, there is much more to the world of criminology than only understanding crime and there are a variety of career options available to professionals qualified in this area.

This article will attempt to explain the capacity of criminology and the various career options available to professionals.

So, what is Criminology? defines “Criminology as the scientific study of crime, including its causes, responses by law enforcement, and methods of prevention.” ( This website goes on to further describe the sub-groups of criminology which is outside the scope of this article.

Through the University of Leicester Distance Learning program MSc in Security and Risk Management, a student would learn about criminal stats, the different justice systems, drugs and prevention, violence and control, property crime and theft, transnational and organized crime, youth crime, the role of the community in crime prevention, and much more.

A professional who is already employed in the world of security and safety would already have the essential qualifications and would automatically qualify for a postgraduate course via distance learning in UAE. Postgraduate courses will provide you with a broader picture of the world of crime and criminals and would be great preparation for upgrading your career.

What can I do with a criminology degree?

You could be a community development worker, a criminal investigator (or detective), a prison officer or police officer, social worker, youth worker, loss prevention specialist, criminal science technician and so on.

On the other side of the spectrum a criminologist can also work in colleges, universities and/or private institutions organizing and conducting research and delivering classes on corrective actions, juvenile justice and preventive systems, theoretical criminology and other related subject matter.

How much money can you make with a criminology degree?

Earnings of a criminologist (a person who analyses data to determine why a crime is committed and looks for ways to prevent or deter future occurrences) can range from USD ($) 75,000 to USD ($) 106,000 annually. (

Moving forward, it wasn’t until recently that private institutions have introduced professional development courses in the field of criminology. There are a number of factors contributing to this increase such as the internet and the ease with which individuals as young as 12 or 13 years of age can learn how to design explosives and destructive material.

The need for more up-to-date and current information stems from the rise of smarter and more knowledgeable criminals in our society. As law enforcement is recognizing this shift, even conventional A Level systems have introduced the subject of criminology at level 3. This also ensures that working professionals can typically switch careers by pursuing a Level 3 diploma in criminology or security and risk management via distance learning in Dubai and this would further serve as an introduction to the subject material before undertaking a university level postgraduate degree.

Understanding Criminology
Understanding Criminology

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