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Criminology and Criminal Justice

18 months
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Criminology and Criminal Justice programme is offered at Griffith University via Open Universities Australia.   


Postgraduate studies in criminology and criminal justice offered at Griffith University  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 courses introduce social and psychological explanations of crime, as well as contemporary debates in criminological theory.   

Beyond the core elements of the Criminology and Criminal Justice course in policing, community development, crime prevention, law and behaviour and social science research methods you will have the opportunity to study electives from criminal justice, research practice, policing, corrections and crime prevention.

Program learning outcomes 

Program Learning Outcomes communicate to the community the value of the Griffith educational experience as benchmarked against national qualification standards.

Program Learning Outcomes for this award describe the knowledge, skills and the application of knowledge and skills you will acquire through studying the Griffith program of your choice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Criminology Theories and Research 
  • Planned Change in Criminal Justice
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Crime  
  • Research, Evaluation and Policy Analysis
  • Individual Project 
  • Quantitative Social Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS Provider - 00233E  

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice, a student must:

  • hold a three-year bachelor degree in a related discipline from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (on a 7-point scale)
  • OR hold a Graduate Certificate of Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (on a 7-point scale).
  • A degree equivalent to the discipline of criminology and criminal justice would be one that focused on criminal justice issues, had research methods training and has theory subjects applicable to criminological studies

Tuition Fee

  • Standard open learning unit fees will apply. Contact Open Universities Australia (OUA) for details. 


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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