To prevent crime, we need to understand crime

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University is the largest community of criminologists in Australia and is recognised as a leading department globally.

At Griffith, criminology is a multidisciplinary field of study, drawing on psychology, law, sociology, politics and human services. Our undergraduate degree is the only one in Queensland backed by 'well above world standard' research. That knowledge feeds into the most up-to-date study content, giving you the best skills for an employment edge.


Be a specialist in the growing field of cyber crime prevention and intelligence with our double degree.


Student Opportunities

Criminology and Criminal Justice students at Griffith enjoy a wide range of experiences that get them out of the classroom and into the field. Discover our Criminology Student Society, internship and work placement opportunities or enrich and diversify your degree with a study abroad experience.

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High school and community programs

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers a range of high school programs at our Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt campuses. These give you an opportunity to visit our campuses and see what it would be like to study at Griffith.

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Criminology research at Griffith is rated "well above world standard" by the Australian Research Council, the peak research body in Australia. This is the highest possible rating and reflects the strength and depth of the many world-class criminology scholars within the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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Discover our many criminology and criminal justice programs and courses


Griffith Criminology Institute (GCI) is one of the largest, most vibrant and high-performing criminology communities in the world. Through collaboration and innovation our research is helping find answers and solutions to universal problems. GCI is a world leader in the criminology field and was ranked “well above world standard” in the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia rankings, which were released by the Australian Research Council.

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Learn from world class academics

Featured Alumni

QLD Fire & Emergency


Katarina Carroll

Commissioner Katarina Carroll has dedicated her career to public safety, serving with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) for over 30 years.

Queensland Police Service

Senior Sergeant

Corey Allen

Senior Sergeant Corey Allen’s own lived-experience of homelessness helped spark his innovative approach to policing, which has seen unheralded crime reductions in inner city Brisbane.

QLD Corrective Services

Director of Operations

Tygh Field

Tygh was the Criminology Young Alumnus of the Year for 2016 and is the Director of Operations, Probation and Parole for the Queensland Corrective Services Commission.

Anti-violence advocate

Young Australian of the Year 2009

Jonty Bush

Young Australian of the Year (2009) and former CEO of the Queensland Homicide Victims Support group Jonty Bush completed her Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice after the deaths of her sister and father

Partnerships and collaborations

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice has a number of successful partnerships with government bodies, public and private organisations, as well as other universities across Australia and abroad. We are committed to strengthening our existing partnerships and developing new ones which can improve social outcomes. Our partnerships include Queensland Police Service, Queensland Health, Queensland Parliamentary Service, Department of Justice and Attorney General, Energex, Brisbane City Council, Domestic Violence Prevention Centre, Brisbane and Southport Courts, Queensland Corrective Services, IBM Security and more.

Tony Fitzgerald lecture series

Celebrating the legacy of Queensland anti-corruption pioneer, The Honourable Tony Fitzgerald, and his vital contribution in maintaining  the separation of powers.