School of Law

Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies Careers

Whatever your aspirations, there is a wealth of support available to you during your time at Leeds and beyond. 

In this Section:

The University’s Careers Centre gives students access to professional advice, guidance and support. Careers consultants can help you to: 

  • plan what to do after university
  • compile a strong CV
  • look for work experience
  • find vacancies
  • improve your applications.

Find out more about the University of Leeds Careers Centre.

Top employers are eager to recruit our students from all study levels so we run an annual Career and Volunteering Fair, specifically for the areas of Criminal Justice. This event will provide you with an informal environment in which you can gain better knowledge of he variety of work undertaken in this broad field of Criminal Justice and network with potential employers. Importantly, there will also be information on a range of volunteering opportunities available to current students which can enhance your experience and graduate prospects.

Last year the fair included representatives from:

  • HMP Leeds (Armley Prison)
  • West Yorkshire Police/Special Constabulary
  • Leeds Youth Offending Service
  • St George’s Crypt
  • Victim Support
  • Civil Service
  • West Yorkshire Chaplaincy Project
  • Access and Community Engagement Office
  • LUU volunteering

When you graduate you will automatically be part of the Leeds Network community of 220,000 alumni in over 180 countries. You will also have access to a range of benefits and services.

"What I enjoyed most about the course was meeting the other students, and having the opportunity to discuss different perspectives on all matters relating to crime and criminal justice."

Chief Superintendent Paul Money, West Yorkshire Police, UK. 


"I took my first career step working as a Prisoner Custody Officer. Aside from helping to get this job, my studies at Leeds University assisted me in understanding the problem behaviours that I was now seeing by applying the criminological theories. This has helped me to be a better practitioner and really kick started my career."

Kathryn Thompson, Learning and Development Officer, UK. 


"I have fond memories of the lecturers, the course content, students from diverse backgrounds and cultures, the university community and a lasting impression of Brotherton Library. The programme enriched my knowledge academically and is contributing to my professional outlook."

Lanre Ogunlowo, Chief Superintendent of Police and the Station Commander, Kirikiri Police Station, Lagos State, Nigeria.   


"The course provided a hands-on approach, the modules were all relevant. The course also enhanced my skills and knowledge on criminal justice issues."

Herbert Arinaitwe, Principal Probation and Welfare Officer, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Uganda. 


"The course enhanced my skills and knowledge, giving me confidence as a researcher. Following the course, I was successful in obtaining lecturing posts at Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of York. In addition, I have since completed a fully-funded Ph.D. at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, which built on my research at the University of Leeds. The credibility of completing the MA at the University of Leeds, combined with the continued support of staff and alumni relations, enabled me to take up these lecturing positions, and undertake a Ph.D. at Cambridge."

Dr Daniel Marshall, Managing Director of 81 Dots ( and visiting scholar at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, UK.


"I would suggest that the course was fundamental to my career, both in terms of inspiration and providing the early “first steps”."

Dr Joanna Large, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Teesside University, UK. 


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