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Want to study with a leader in online education? Say hello to Griffith University.

This Queensland-based uni has been teaching online for over 20 years, receiving more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other institution. At least 20% of all Griffith students are fully online due to the quality of the courses on offer. In fact, Griffith received Canstar Blue's Most Satisfied Students—Online Universities award for 2023.

You can enrol in your Griffith University course directly through Open Universities Australia to skip entry requirements or unlock extra flexible study options. We’ll help you find undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses with start dates in February, July and October.

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in Australia on the QS World University Rankings 2024


in Australia on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024

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Available majors

  • Major in Criminal Justice

Undergraduate GRF-BUS-DEG

Bachelor of Business

Available majors

  • Major in Marketing
  • Major in Human Resource Management
  • Major in Management
  • Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Major in Sport Management
  • Major in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Undergraduate GRF-ART-DEG

Bachelor of Arts

Available majors

  • Major in Art History
  • Major in Creative Writing
  • Major in Criminal Justice
  • Major in History
  • Major in Journalism
  • Major in Literature
  • Major in Public Relations
  • Major in Screen and Media Studies
  • Major in Sociology

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Undergraduate GRF-CCJ103

Law, Crime and Justice

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Griffith University FAQs

Where is Griffith University?

Griffith University’s five campuses are located across Queensland, in Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast. The university also has a fast-growing digital campus that offers more than 100 online qualifications. 

When was Griffith University founded?

Griffith University was founded in 1971 by the Queensland Government to give Brisbane a second university. Courses officially opened for enrolments in 1975.

What is Griffith University known for?

Griffith was one of the first universities in Australia to introduce degrees in environmental science, Asian studies and forensic science. Today, Griffith is still at the cutting edge of education, offering specialised courses in climate change adaption, water management and catchment science. Some of these courses aren't offered anywhere else in the world.

Griffith ranks within the top 200 in the world for engineering and technology, business, education, criminology and law. The university’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is particularly well regarded and has been named an "above world standard" place to conduct criminology research.

Griffith University also has a strong commitment to social justice and equality. The university has the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student population of any Queensland uni and has a dedicated support service called GUMURRII that is available to all First Peoples students.

How many students attend Griffith University?

As of 2023, there are more than 50,000 Griffith University students. At least 15,000 study online.

Is Griffith University good?

Griffith University is considered one of the best young universities in the world, coming in at #46 on the Times Higher Education list in 2023. This ranking looks at things like graduate employability, the quality of teaching and the quality of the university's research.

Since 2012, Griffith University has won 50+ Australian Awards for University Teaching, which is more than any other institution.

Who are Griffith University’s most notable alumni?

Over 200,000 people have graduated from Griffith University, so there are quite a few notable alumni.

Well-known former students include:

  • Jim Chalmers, Treasurer of Australia
  • Anthony Chisholm, Senator for Queensland
  • Dinesh Palipana OAM, the second person with quadriplegia to graduate as a doctor in Australia
  • Professor Alan Cowman AC, Deputy Director and Head of Infection and Immunity at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
  • Katarina Carroll APM, first female commissioner of the Queensland Police Service
  • Joe Brumm, Emmy award-winning creator of Bluey
  • Emma McKeon, swimmer, Australia's most decorated Olympian and Young Australian of the Year 2024
  • Kate Miller-Heidke, ARIA-nominated singer-songwriter
  • Megan Washington, ARIA-winning singer-songwriter
  • Ange Anderson, radio presenter
  • Melissa Lucashenko, Miles Franklin award-winning author of Too Much Lip
What are Griffith University’s ATAR requirements?

Griffith University may look at your ATAR result (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) when considering you for admission into undergraduate study. Every course has a different minimum ATAR, so it’s best to review the entry requirements on the course listing page. 

However, if you don’t have the required ATAR, you can still get into your undergraduate course online by applying through Open Universities Australia. We have a unique arrangement in place with Griffith University that allows students to enrol in single subjects from their chosen degree, regardless of academic history. Provided you successfully complete those initial subjects, you will be guaranteed entry into the full qualification. 

Learn more about how this works or book a consultation with a student advisor to ask us for further information. 

What is it like to study online with Griffith University?

Griffith University allows you to study more than 100 qualifications fully online, at a pace that suits your schedule. You can complete up to four subjects at once, depending on what makes sense for you, though many students like to complete their degree a subject at a time so they can juggle other commitments.   

You’ll access all course content through the Griffith University portal, which is called Learning@Griffith. Every week, you’ll download video lectures, electronic readings and learning activities, and comment on discussion forums about your subjects. You will also have the chance to chat face-to-face with your lecturers and classmates via Microsoft Teams, which helps make it feel like you're part of a traditional class. 

You’re free to complete your coursework in your own time, provided you meet the regular assessment deadlines set by your teachers. And if you need support, plenty is available. Griffith online students have access to IT, academic and student services, plus 24/7 access to the digital library.

Why should I study my Griffith University course through Open Universities Australia?

When you enrol through us, we handle all the administration for you, but you will study directly with Griffith University.

There are a few reasons to consider enrolling in your online course this way.

You can skip entry requirements

We have a unique open-door policy that makes it possible for everyone to get into uni, regardless of their academic history. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a Griffith University degree, we can help you enrol through single undergraduate subjects.

You have more control over how you study

If you’re worried about the impact uni could have on your work, family or social life, it’s worth giving us a call. We’ll help you find flexible study options to help you fit learning around the rest of your life.

We’re always here to guide you

As a not-for-profit, we’re able to give you truly unbiased advice about Griffith uni courses. Our only priority is finding a course that makes sense for you. We can also advise you on your Griffith University enrolment, study planning and government loans. We will be by your side throughout your time as a student.

How do I enrol with Griffith University through Open Universities Australia?

Navigate to the course you’re interested in on our website. If it’s a subject or short course and there is an upcoming start date, you will be able to enrol instantly. 

If it’s a degree, select ‘Apply’ and follow the prompts to begin your Griffith University application. You will be asked to supply some supporting documentation, including proof of your identity, your tax file number, and a unique student identifier (USI).

We’ll submit everything to Griffith University on your behalf. The university will then email you to confirm whether your application has been successful.

Please note that different courses are open at different points throughout the year. Check our key dates page for Griffith University enrolment dates. 

For more information about enrolment, read our online self-service enrolling instructions.

Where can I get Griffith University enrolment help?

If you need help enrolling in your Griffith University course, get in touch with one of our friendly student advisors. 

You can ask them about anything, including subject selection, applying for a HELP loan, and submitting your documentation. They can even walk you through the enrolment process, step-by-step, over the phone.   

You can also find a direct Griffith University contact here.


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