World class criminology research

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 results rated Griffith’s criminology research a “5” - well above world standard. Evaluated by the Australian Research Council, university research areas are rated 1-5 based on the quality of research, with 5 the highest.

Griffith was one of only two universities in Australia to be awarded a rating of "well above world standard" in criminology research. This rating is recognition of the strength and depth of the many world-class criminology scholars we have at Griffith University.

Griffith Research

Griffith is one of Australia’s leading research universities


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 criminology 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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The Griffith Youth Forensic Service provides state-wide specialist assessment and treatment services for young people adjudicated for sexual offences. It also operates as part of a broader program of research and practice concerned with understanding and preventing sexual violence and abuse.

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Griffith Experts

Guide to School of Criminology and Criminal Justice academic and research expertise

Postgraduate Research

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice attracts and supports a vibrant postgraduate research culture ranging across a multidisciplinary field of study, drawing on psychology, sociology, law, social work, criminology and criminal justice, history, and political science. Our Higher Degree Research program include opportunities to conduct research projects towards a Masters of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Very often postgraduate research carried out in the school has strong policy relevance and is linked closely with a range of government and community partners with the objective of improving knowledge and practice. Our research training program aspires to the highest standards providing graduates with opportunities to link with international leaders in their field of interest.


Applicants are expected to identify at least two possible supervisors in their application for admission. You may wish to contact the relevant Higher Degree Research (HDR) Convenor for advice on enrolment and potential supervisors:

HDR Program Director

Dr Elise Sargeant


There are a range of generous scholarship programs that can cover tuition fees, living allowances paid as stipends, relocation and publication assistance. Scholarships are offered to domestic and international doctorate or masters by research applicants in two competitive application rounds each year.

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Griffith Graduate Research School (GGRS) is a dedicated point of contact for all higher degree research candidates at the University. GGRS works in collaboration with Academic Groups, Research Centres and Institutes to create a rewarding and supportive research environment for HDR candidates.

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Whether you're beginning your research study or continuing at a higher level, our degrees provide a

unique opportunity to follow a specific interest in a particular research area.

The Graduate Diploma of Criminological Research Studies is designed to provide graduates in the criminology and criminal justice discipline with the opportunity to undertake advanced study in research methodology and to undertake supervised research work in the discipline area appropriate to their research trajectory.

In the Graduate Certificate, you will learn about the problem of crime in contemporary society, the role of research, policy development and evaluation, and key criminology and criminal justice issues.

This degree has been designed in collaboration with Queensland Health's School of Mental Health to provide postgraduate professional training for current or future forensic mental health practitioners, including nurses, psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists. It also provides an extension to undergraduate degrees in nursing, applied science, criminology and criminal justice, and applied psychology.

Postgraduate studies in criminology and criminal justice provide a pathway to professional advancement for those working in these fields. The courses are designed to provide an overview of criminological theory and research, the workings of the criminal justice system and allied organisations, insight into key policy debates and an understanding of research methods.

The aim of the Master of Forensic Mental Health program is to provide advanced training to enhance and develop specialist skills and knowledge in students, to assist them to work more effectively with the forensic mental health population. The program is designed around four aspects of forensic mental health practice - assessment, intervention, management and research methods, which comprise the core components of the program.

Tony Fitzgerald Scholarship

The Tony Fitzgerald Scholarship Fund supports a Doctor of Philosophy student to conduct a three-year research project reflecting the ethos of the Fitzgerald Inquiry, drawn from areas including criminology, journalism, law, political science, and public administration.The prestigious scholarship contributes to the capacity of our future practitioners and researchers to maintain the Fitzgerald vision - to keep Parliament in its rightful place at the centre of the democratic system but with the law, community and media entrusted with an active role to keep the system honest and open.


Make a donation towards the Scholarship Fund and help maintain the Fitzgerald vision