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Be a part of the solution to crime

Criminology involves examination of the causes and consequences of complex crime and criminal justice issues. Who commits crimes and why. How crime is measured. How society responds. Students pursuing a degree in this engrossing field learn how crime affects the community at every level. With a degree in criminology and criminal justice from Griffith, you'll learn to understand the motivations of crime and how to implement strategies to combat it. You'll learn to use research to identify social issues that lead to crime. You'll understand what makes criminals tick as well as how to circumvent negative impacts on society.

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Study criminology and criminal justice at Griffith

Explore the causes of crime and society's response

Hear from Professor Anna Stewart, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Danielle Reynald, Senior Lecturer; and Doug Cheal, Intelligence Officer at Queensland Police Service.

Griffith has one of the world's largest and most respected criminology schools, giving you the advantage of our international research reputation, and the opportunity to learn from leaders in each of the diverse fields of criminology.

Add in the option to study in specialist areas and undertake double degrees in Law, Information Technology, Human Services and Sciences, and you'll be furnished with the essential skills to follow many stimulating career paths.

Our programs teach the specialised knowledge and skills necessary for a very rewarding career in the criminal justice system.

Criminology Careers Evening

Gold Coast 11 September | Brisbane 12 September

Discover exciting criminology career pathways and engage with our panel of criminology graduates as they talk about their experiences at our annual Criminology Careers Evening. You will learn more about our degrees and find out where they can lead you. Industry representatives will also be there, so you’ll hear firsthand what it’s like to work in the field.

Jade Pereira

Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate Jade Pereira is working in the Queensland Health Police Liaison Unit. She liaises with the Queensland Police Service, a range of hospital and health services, the Queensland Ambulance Service and Health Support Queensland. Jade believes that Griffith University's industry links and connections helped her to get where she is today. In her final semester at university, she completed an internship at the Ethical Standards Command where she collaborated with Queensland Police Service officers on a research project. Jade recommends all criminology students get involved in as many networking events as they can, particularly closer to graduation. 'Grab your opportunities, put in the hard work and you will honestly be surprised how far it will take you,' she says.

Jade Pereira

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Career outcomes

Make a difference in the lives of people impacted by crime

The skills you acquire throughout your course of study will open the door to a multitude of career options. Our graduates pursue career paths in state and federal jurisdictions, working in:

  • Policing and security
  • Intelligence
  • Probation and parole
  • Child protection
  • Crime analysis
  • Courts and justice services
  • Crime prevention
  • Regulatory agencies
With crime also becoming an international concern due to the growth of organised networks, global digital technology and the threat of terrorism, there are many more avenues for career advancement.

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Monday 9 September — Tuesday 10 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our September Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

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Thursday 12 September — Thursday 12 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our September Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

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Monday 23 September — Friday 4 October

Q&A Sessions

Do you have questions about studying at Griffith? Book a personalised 30-minute Q&A session with one of our expert study advisers to get advice about your study options, available scholarships and support services.

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Monday 21 October — Friday 25 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Tuesday 29 October — Thursday 31 October

Application Support Nights

Need help with your university application? Receive personalised advice and assistance from one of our expert study advisers to start and/or complete your university application.

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Monday 16 December — Thursday 19 December

Explore your options

If your OP or ATAR result changes your direction, chat online with our expert study advisers to explore your study options. Find out about admissions pathways, entry requirements and changing your preferences.

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