Graduate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice - 2018

Course summary

Course summary - 2018

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete

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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.

The Masters Degree (Coursework) qualifies individuals who apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts for professional practice or scholarship and as a pathway for further learning.


Graduates of the Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Coursework) will have:

  • an advanced body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in criminology and criminal justice and related policy environments
  • knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to criminology and criminal justice.


Graduates of the Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Coursework) will have:

  • cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on criminological theory and professional practice
  • cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex crime-related problems, concepts and theories and to apply established criminological theories to different bodies of knowledge or operational practice in criminal justice agencies
  • cognitive and technical skills to generate and evaluate complex contemporary crime and criminal justice ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to key stakeholder groups in the criminal justice system
  • technical and communication skills to theorise, design, analyse and evaluate about evidence based policies that contribute to criminal justice system practice or scholarship.


Graduates of the Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Coursework) will demonstrate the application of knowledge & skills:

  • (with initiative) to new situations in professional criminal justice system practice and/or for further learning
  • with high level personal autonomy and accountability
  • to plan and execute a substantial research-based project and/or piece of scholarship.

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Graduates from this course typically pursue careers in criminal justice-related fields, including crime prevention, community development, security, policing, corrections, family services, law, justice administration and policy, customs, mental and community health, local government, military services and criminal justice research organisations.

Admission Requirements

All applicants to the Graduate Certificate of Criminology and Criminal Justice must have either:

  • a recognised undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution OR
  • fulfil the following alternative admission criteria: in selected circumstances, applicants without a recognised undergraduate degree 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 five years, will be required to provide references from their employers supporting their application for admission and attesting to their ability to complete the program. In these cases, the Program Convenor will make the final decision and must be satisfied as to the applicant's ability to complete such a course of study.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to these programs are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 7.0 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.5
  • OR a minimum score of 580 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 92 (no score less than 22)
  • OR no score less than 4 in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by GELI or ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR a minimum score of 68 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic).

English test results must be no more than two years old.

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice students must complete two core units and two elective units.

The maximum period for completing this program is 2 years.

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Criminological Theories
CCJ742 GRF Sess 1 - -
Making Sense of Criminal Justice
CCJ702 GRF Sess 1 - -
Complete 2 units from the following 11 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Crime Analysis and Investigation
CCJ724 GRF Sess 1 - -
Crime Mapping
CCJ732 GRF - Sess 2 -
Intelligence Led Policing
CCJ733 GRF - Sess 2 -
Forensic Mental Health Legislation and Policies
CCJ711 GRF Sess 1 - -
Interventions with Offenders
CCJ730 GRF - Sess 2 -
Minority Populations in Forensic Mental Health
CCJ715 GRF - Sess 2 -
Developmental Crime Prevention
CCJ723 GRF - Sess 2 -
Law and Behaviour
CCJ707 GRF Sess 1 - -
Mental Disorder and Crime
CCJ713 GRF Sess 1 - -
Advanced Assessment & Management in Forensic Mental Health
CCJ714 GRF Sess 1 - -
Interventions and Recovery in Forensic Mental Health (previously CCJ741)
CCJ750 GRF Sess 1 - -

RPL/Credit may be awarded according to Griffith University policies and applicants are encouraged to contact the course coordinator for further information.

When you have completed your final session of study, OUA students should notify Griffith University of their intention to graduate with the award of Graduate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Please contact Griffith (OUA) Services on

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

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