Academic Excellence Society (ACES)
You could be a part of our new Academic Excellence Society (ACES). ACES provides opportunities to first year students with OP 1-6, and second and third year students with a program cumulative GPA of 6 or more. Does this sound like you?
Get exclusive perks including access to conference sponsorships, academic mentoring, career guidance and meetings with industry professionals. Eligible students will be invited to join.
Criminology Student Society
The Criminology Student Society is a student run club aimed at enriching the academic and social experiences of students. The Society organises academic events such as prison visits, lunch with professionals in the industry and work-place tours as well as letting you kick back, relax and meet your fellow students and staff at social events such as bowling nights, pub crawls and an end of year ball.
Eligible second and third year Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice students have the opportunity to gain practical experience in cutting-edge criminological research through the Criminology Undergraduate Research Internship Program (CURIP). Students are mentored by School of Criminology and Criminal Justice experts and can select an internship to suit their interests from a diverse range of research projects undertaken by the School. Internship opportunities are offered on a competitive basis twice yearly and usually last four to six weeks.
Sarah Matthews gained confidence as a researcher from her CURIP internship.
“The CURIP internship gave me the opportunity to develop professionally in a supportive environment with like-minded people. I was able to apply the skills I had learned at Griffith to real projects where the work I did felt meaningful in a way that I had not experienced while doing my university assignments. My supervisor was very supportive and provided me with guidance on future study and career options, and from them I learned a lot about what it's like to conduct research. I feel a lot more confident in my abilities as a researcher after doing this internship, and would highly recommend it to any student who is considering a career in research,” said Sarah.
Griffith University offers a number of mentoring programs from first year to help you adjust to university life through to final year industry mentoring programs to help guide you through the transition from study to a highly successful career. Mentoring program on offer include:
- Central mentoring programs - students helping students to study, one-on-one tutoring
- Peer Assisted Study Sessions - PASS
- Griffith Industry Mentoring Program - industry helping students to succeed in career development
Work integrated learning
Work Integrated Learning (WiL) is an important part of our Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The course 3008CCJ Professional Practice is available in your final year if you have previously completed 3007CCJ Developing Professionally and have a GPA of 4 or above. This course offers you the opportunity to work with leading employers such as the Queensland Police Service, Probation and Parole, Griffith Youth Forensic Health Service and more.
'Professional Practice' enabled Sam Gillespie to not only put what she had learned into practice, but also helped her gain employment.
Sam completed her professional practice at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS), in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) and has gone on to work as a Research Assistant at CEPS.
"My placement gave me the opportunity to make a trip to the AIC in Canberra for a week to work on my placement project, where I had the chance to network, develop practical skills and increase my knowledge in the field of organised crime," said Sam.
International exchange programs
Discover where your Griffith degree can take you. Spend one or two semesters studying at a partner university or participate in a short-term or study abroad program.
- Outgoing student exchange
- CCJ Study Abroad Scholarship
Study in Australia
International students also have the opportunity to study with us through our Crime Science and Justice courses. These courses cover crime prevention and analysis, Indigenous justice, offender profiling, and forensics.
For more information on study abroad and exchange or academic entry requirements visit:
Criminology student Lucy Forrester enjoyed a six-month study exchange to the University of Arizona.
"My study abroad at the University of Arizona was easily the best and most influential six months of my life. During my time abroad I had the experience of true college life, becoming a part of a family-like community, learning a lot about both American culture and myself. This opportunity allowed me to establish connections overseas, travel and explore the states, and make friendships of a lifetime," Lucy said.
Scholarships and awards
Griffith offers a wide range of scholarships to assist with the costs of course fees, textbooks, accommodation and living expenses.
We also offer a range of student scholarships including:
- Criminology and Criminal Justice Honours Scholarship
- Study Abroad Scholarship
- Tony Fitzgerald Scholarship
HDR International Travel Fellowship Scheme
The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice HDR International Travel Fellowship Scheme provides HDR students in the final stage of candidature with the opportunity to travel overseas to establish or further develop research links and long term collaborations with colleagues at leading international universities or research institutions. We expect that the successful Travel Fellow will produce a publication from this collaboration.
We encourage students intending to apply to consult with your Principal Supervisors.