Degree structure

Degree details

Graduates of the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice will have a broad and coherent body of knowledge in the fields of criminology and criminal justice, including an in-depth understanding of various theoretical frameworks underpinning the study of criminal behaviour, victimisation and criminal justice responses to crime and crime prevention.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice will have:

  • cognitive skills to engage in critical reflection on a broad range of theoretical concepts, synthesise knowledge from a broad range of disciplinary areas, apply knowledge to solve a range of criminal justice problems
  • cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate an understanding of ongoing theoretical debates in criminology and criminal justice, to synthesise and analyse information and data from a range of criminal justice sources
  • cognitive and creative skills needed to engage in independent analysis of disciplinary data to solve identified problems in criminal justice related areas
  • communication skills needed to effectively disseminate knowledge in a clear and articulate fashion.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • with initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in criminal justice settings and academic contexts
  • to apply knowledge and skills in a variety of professional and academic contexts
  • to take responsibility and accountability for one’s own continued learning and professional development in collaboration with other professionals in a diverse range of professional contexts.

The Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice is a professional qualification. It equips students with the knowledge and skills required to gain employment in the criminal justice system.

Graduates of this degree will have the skills and knowledge required for employment in criminal justice areas such as policing, corrections, justice, security, regulatory law enforcement, crime prevention and customs in both private enterprise and government departments.

Higher education via OUA

  • Successful completion of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Pathway
  • At least 2 OUA undergraduate subjects or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0, completed in the last 12 months at the time of application for admission

Higher education

Course Admission Information Set for 2017 can be here.

Secondary education

An OP of 15, a Rank of 66 or an ATAR Score of 61.85*

*These scores/rankings apply to this program for 2018. Until this information is updated in early 2019, applications will continue to be assessed using the requirements listed above as a guide.

Work and Life

More in depth information regarding Griffith entry requirements can be found at the below website:

Students may be able to receive credit for previous studies conducted at other institutions. Please contact the Griffith (OUA) Services at Griffith prior to registering in any subjects through Open Universities Australia.

A prospective student who has previously completed or partially completed a degree, may be eligible for a CSP and may also be eligible for credit transfer. For more information, please visit the following web page:

Griffith University’s Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, offered through Open Universities Australia, is a broad-based social science degree examining crime, the criminal justice system and related social issues. All the specialised knowledge and skills necessary for a career in the highly demanding criminal justice system are taught in this degree. This degree focuses on the causes of crime and society's response to crime. It will give you a well-rounded perspective on the various arms of the justice system and the relationships between them. You will graduate with a professional qualification in the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Recommended Study Pattern

This degree is an OUA Pathways course, which means there is a recommended series of subjects that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this degree. To commence the Pathway for this degree, simply select subjects from the Pathway stream below.

Students who aren't taking part in OUA Pathways are recommended to follow this study pattern:

  • Follow the Criminology and Criminology Pathway

  • Start with CCJ101 Criminology Skills, then complete the rest of the Level 1 core subjects
  • Complete Level 2 core subjects, CCJ Major & Electives
  • Complete Level 3 core subjects, CCJ Major & Electives

Award Requirements

The degree will normally be of three years duration for full-time students. Prior to 2016 part-time students may take up to 10 years to accumulate subjects towards the degree. However, students commencing from 2016 will have 8 years to accumulate subjects towards the degree.

To obtain this degree, students must complete 24 subjects and meet the following criteria:

  • At least eight subjects must be Griffith University subjects, studied at second or third year level
  • Completion of eight subjects at first year level in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Completion of five compulsory Criminology and Criminal Justice subjects
  • Completion of eight subjects from the Criminal Justice Major
  • At least four subjects in the degree must be at third year level
  • Completion of three elective subjects
  • Students must not study more than 10 subjects at first year level
  • Students must complete this degree within 10 years

Choose your subjects


There are three elective subjects in this degree. These subjects can be studied at any level and are free-choice subjects. Students can study additional Criminology and Criminal Justice subjects if they wish.

Please note: Although these electives can be studied at any level, no more than 2 of your electives can be taken at the first year level.

Students who have completed more than 2 OUA subjects (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol into a Commonwealth Supported Place if they are eligible.

Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required subjects. Once enroled in a CSP, the normal fee for registering your study plan with Griffith is waived. Additionally, there are several benefits for students enroled in the course, including the ability to join the Criminology Student Society (CSS) and participate in events, eligibility for the Criminology Undergraduate Research Internship Program (CURIP) and access for high achieving students to the Academic Excellence Society (ACES).

Students who are ineligible for CSP can register with Griffith University for this award by completing a registration for a study plan by paying the required fee. The non-refundable $150 registration fee is payable when the registration is submitted.

Students who have completed both of the discontinued subjects CCJ15 An Introduction to Crime & CCJ11 Introduction to Criminal Justice, will NOT need to enrol into the new subjects CCJ114 Homicide or CCJ113 Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Students who have only completed CCJ15 will need to complete CCJ114 Homicide but NOT CCJ113 Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Students who have only completed CCJ11 will need to complete CCJ113 Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice but NOT CCJ114 Homicide.

Subjects CCJ15 and CCJ113 are the only subjects listed above that are considered to be academically equivalent.

Changes in 2019:

CCJ330 has replaced CCJ307 as the third-year capstone subject. Students who have completed CCJ307 prior to 2019 do not need to complete CCJ330 as a core subject. 

New electives:

CCJ217 - Forensic Science & Criminal Justice
CCJ220 - Counter-Terrorism Law
CCJ34 - Professional Ethics & Corruption Prevention
CCJ326 - Fraud and Cybercrime

Retired subjects:
CCJ320 - Evolutionary Criminology