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Study criminology


If you’re intrigued by a career in crime – policing, border protection, justice, corrections, sociology and psychology, even crime writing – then USC’s criminology and justice programs can help you pursue it. Already work in the field? Advance your career and build on your experience with a formal qualification.

Your studies will take you through the criminal justice system and its institutions. You’ll explore criminal profiling, youth justice, homicide, examine policy and much more. For your final year you can choose from a professional placement or research project, then apply what you’ve learnt and begin to make a difference.

Crack a career in crime

Bachelor of Criminology and Justice

USC’s Bachelor of Criminology and Justice has been designed with the input of the Queensland Police Service and gives you an authentic view of social problems that relate to law, justice and crime. Your degree will give you the skills you need to help the world understand the nature and causes of crime, and play a role in preventing it.

Postgraduate research programs

Suitably qualified candidates in this field can undertake higher degrees by research through the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Learn from leaders in the field

USC criminology staff include Professor Tim Prenzler, Dr Nadine McKillop,  Ms Mary Baker, Dr Larissa (Lara) Christensen and Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh. Sessional staff include Amanda Paton, Bricklyn Priebe, Glen Payne, Eric Wilson, David Belsham, Jodie Woods and Natalie Nilsen.

The main areas of current research by criminology staff concern crime and corruption prevention, sexual offending, child protection, welfare fraud, police accountability, gender equity in policing, restorative justice and mediation.

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