Graduate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Course Level Postgraduate Delivered by Open Universities Australia
Duration Flexible Study Mode Online
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Course overview

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 courses introduce social and psychological explanations of crime, as well as contemporary debates in criminological theory. Beyond the core elements of the 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.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice Stream A students must complete one core unit (double unit) and two electives for a total of three units (including one double unit).


To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice Stream B students must complete two core units and two electives to a total of four units.

Entry requirement

Students must have completed an undergraduate degree, or in exceptional circumstances applicants may apply for entry based on their work experience in a criminal justice related field. In these circumstances, the applicant must supply evidence of relevant professional registration or vocational experience in a criminal justice related field. Such applicants, who will normally have worked in middle management positions for a minimum of 5 years, will be required to provide references from their employers supporting their application for admission and attesting to their ability to complete the course. In these cases, the Course Convenor will make the final decision and must be satisfied as to the applicant's ability to complete such a course of study.


Students who have completed a Bachelor of Criminology or Criminal Justice, or equivalent, need to complete Stream A.

Students who have completed a degree in another discipline need to complete Stream B.

All interested students should speak to Griffith University to determine their eligibility for this program.

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