Highlights

  • Offers career paths in law enforcement, government and private sector intelligence and security agencies, crime prevention agencies, and in criminal and social justice industries.
  • Course is highly regarded by investigative and regulatory agencies such as the Australian Federal Police and Queensland Police Service.
  • Undertake work placements in a range of community and government organisations to gain real justice industry connections.
  • Learn from the best with lecturers from industry and regular guest lecturers.
  • International study opportunities and hands-on learning experiences, during your studies.
  • Undertake combined studies in criminology, policing, policy and governance along with additional studies in law, psychology, forensic sciences, management and Indigenous knowledges.
  • Access to a range of scholarships and support to assist you with your studies, life at uni and preparation for your career.

Highlights

  • Offers career paths in law enforcement, government and private sector intelligence and security agencies, crime prevention agencies, and in criminal and social justice industries.
  • Course is highly regarded by investigative and regulatory agencies such as the Australian Federal Police and Queensland Police Service.
  • Undertake work placements in a range of community and government organisations to gain real justice industry connections.
  • Learn from the best with lecturers from industry and regular guest lecturers.
  • International study opportunities and hands-on learning experiences, during your studies.
  • Undertake combined studies in criminology, policing, policy and governance along with additional studies in law, psychology, forensic sciences, management and Indigenous knowledges.
  • Access to a range of scholarships and support to assist you with your studies, life at uni and preparation for your career.

Why choose this course?

If you want to make a difference and pursue a career where no two days are the same, this course is the right choice for you. The possibilities are endless for building a stimulating career in the community—not just behind a desk. You will graduate job ready by exploring the most recent theory and practice of social justice, and gain problem-solving, analytical and applied computer skills that are relevant to the workplace. The program adopts a multidisciplinary approach, drawing upon criminology, policing, policy, governance, intelligence, sociology, law, psychology and ethics.

The course is consistently refreshed to meet the needs of the community, government and police agencies for skilled staff. You will also benefit from academic staff who have worked in these areas and bring real-life examples and experience to your learning. At a theoretical level, you will engage with the concepts of social justice, human rights and equality to understand the way in which society defines, polices and punishes criminal behaviours.

Real-world learning

You will have the chance to form industry links in a professional placement unit, undertaking a project at an external organisation. Previously students worked with Queensland Corrections, completed a project in the Office of the State Coroner and gained experience in the Office of the Information Commissioner. Many placements are funded to cover flights and other out-of-pocket expenses.

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What to expect

Choose from two majors—policy and politics or criminology and policing. Expand your interests with secondary majors in law and psychology. Minors in forensic science and management are also available, with both policy and politics, and criminology and policing available as a secondary major and minor as well. The study areas are relevant and applied, and include topics such as crimes of violence, eco crime, official corruption, youth justice, crime prevention, intelligence and security, drugs and crime, organised and transnational crime, political violence and terrorism, and death investigation. You also have the option to pick electives from another discipline.

The policy and politics major offers you the opportunity to learn policy analysis and the intricacies of how government officers research, analyse, recommend and develop policies in the justice sphere. Particularly, it gives you an insight into how policy is implemented and critiqued, and evolves through government and its departments.

The criminology and policing major details punishment and penal policy as well as crime research methods with your choice of units in eco crime, sex crime, death investigation, crime in pop culture, drugs and intelligence, among others.

Flexible delivery

The Bachelor of Justice is offered on campus and externally, all the lectures are recorded and study materials available online so you can access resources at any time and fit study into your lifestyle.

Double degrees

Combine two bachelor degrees into a single course of study. A double degree allows you to specialise in two fields and pursue different interest areas, gaining a broader range of skills and knowledge, and giving you a competitive advantage and greater career flexibility. 

Consider the following double degrees with a Bachelor of Justice:

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Justice offers extensive career paths in areas that make a real difference in our community. Career pathways include policing, customs, community outreach, child and family services, correctional rehabilitation, mediation, outreach programs, intelligence, defence, insurance and banking investigation, youth justice, Indigenous justice, community legal services, and policy and adviser roles within a range of state and federal government departments.

Past graduates have developed successful careers in state and federal law enforcement, correctional services, private security, defence services, foreign aid programs, customs, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and Scotland Yard, and have worked on social and justice policies for government and nongovernment organisations. Others have become criminologists, contributed to women’s, youth and children’s advocacy, or worked in the areas of human rights and antidiscrimination.

Research pathways

After completing the Bachelor of Justice, you may want to continue with the one year honours program. See the Bachelor of Justice (Honours) course page for more details.

Possible careers

  • Academic
  • Aid Work Manager
  • Community Corrections Officer
  • Community Worker
  • Corrective Services Officer
  • Criminologist
  • Customs Officer
  • Diplomat
  • Disability Services Worker
  • Family Services Officer
  • Government Officer
  • Health Policy Officer
  • Health Privacy Officer
  • Information Officer
  • Ministerial policy adviser
  • Police Officer (Australian Federal)
  • Police Officer (State)
  • Policy Officer
  • Policy analyst
  • Program Leader
  • Program Manager
  • Senior policy officer
  • Youth Worker

Details and units

The Bachelor of Justice is made up of three parts:

  1. Core Units - 96 credit points (8 x 12 credit point core units)
  2. Study Area A (Major) - 96 credit points (8 x 12 credit point units). Choose between Criminology and Policing or Policy and Politics
  3. Complementary Studies - 96 credit points (8 x 12 credit point units)

Complimentary Studies can be made up of the following combinations:

  • Study Area B (Justice or uni wide second major) - 72 credit points and 24 credit pionts of any Justice option units or university wide option units
  • Combination of one minor (48 credit points) and 48 credit points of any Justice option units or university wide option units
  • 2 university wide minors (48 credit points each)
  • 96 credit points of any Justice option units or university wide option units

 

 

The Bachelor of Justice is made up of three parts:

  1. Core Units - 96 credit points (8 x 12 credit point core units)
  2. Study Area A (Major) - 96 credit points (8 x 12 credit point units). Choose between Criminology and Policing or Policy and Politics
  3. Complementary Studies - 96 credit points (8 x 12 credit point units).

Complimentary Studies can be made up of the following combinations:

  • Study Area B (Justice or uni wide second major) - 72 credit points and 24 credit pionts of any Justice option units or university wide option units
  • Combination of one minor (48 credit points) and 48 credit points of any Justice option units or university wide option units
  • 2 university wide minors (48 credit points each)
  • 96 credit points of any Justice option units or university wide option units

 

Requirements

OP
14
Selection rank
70.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

Don't have an OP or selection rank?

Find out other ways you can apply

Starting uni in 2021?

There are some changes to subjects and the qualifications we’ll consider for entry to QUT from 2021 and beyond. Make sure you’re prepared to apply.

The selection rank is a good indication of the equivalent ATAR.

Find out how these changes might affect you

Course code
JS34
QTAC code
417301
CRICOS code
006117E
Delivery
  • External
  • Gardens Point
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Duration
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July
Offer Guarantee
Yes
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

 

QUT year 12 early offer scheme 

If you’re a current Queensland Year 12 student, you may be eligible to receive an offer for this course on 20 November, before receiving your ATAR or selection rank. 

Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 87.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

Not confident about your OP or rank? Consider TAFE as a pathway. Students who complete the six-month TAFE Diploma of Crime and Justice may be entitled to advanced standing (credit) in the justice single degree at QUT, meaning you could complete the Bachelor of Justice at QUT in 2.5 years instead of three.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Adjustments to your selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your selection rank (or OP equivalent) will be applied to this course.

Find out if you’re eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2019

The scores listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent school leavers. If you are not a school leaver, take a look at the entry thresholds box at the top of this page to see the lowest adjusted scores required overall to receive an offer.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
OP Selection rank OP Selection rank
Highest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 3
Selection rank 96
OP 1
Selection rank 99
Median OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 11
Selection rank 77
OP 11
Selection rank 77
Lowest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 15
Selection rank 13
OP 13
Selection rank 72

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Guide to entry thresholds

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

OP
14
Rank
70
Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 87.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $13,100 per year full-time (96 credit points) (Subject to the passing of legislation)

2021 fees

2021: $31,400 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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