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Explore who commits crimes and why, where and when people are likely to offend, which crimes cause most harm, and how to control and prevent crime.

Gain hands-on professional practice and deep industry engagement by studying criminology at UQ.

Learn how the criminal justice system works, and build the skills needed to develop and implement evidence-based crime policies and practices.

Graduates can pursue careers in policing, security and intelligence, corrective services, social policy and research.


1 in Queensland for social sciences and management

QS World University Rankings 2024

6 in Australia for social sciences and humanities

CWTS Leiden Ranking 2023

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Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Correctional case officer
  • Behaviour support specialist
  • Case manager
  • Family services specialist
  • Forensic specialist
  • Cyber crime advisor
  • Cyber criminologist
  • Cyber crime investigator
  • Crime prevention officer

This Major is available as:

  • Major
  • Extended Major

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Punishment and Society
  • Crime Prevention Practice

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