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  • A pathway to a research career
  • On completion of the Bachelor of Justice course or a double degree, this honours program is available to high-achieving students
  • Undertake advanced research training before completing a thesis
  • Work with a supervisor to design, develop and implement a substantial research project in criminology, intelligence, policing or broader topic related to the criminal justice system
  • Ideal for students looking to progress to a PhD
QUT course code JS40
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start month 2019 February
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact
CRICOS code 020313F
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An honours degree identifies you as a future innovator and leader in your field. The Bachelor of Justice (Honours) develops your applied research skills to an advanced level in the fields of critical criminology, investigations and policing, and justice policy. The course provides you with the opportunity to use and develop your research skills, broaden your knowledge of a specific professional field, and extend your knowledge of the theories of justice.

You will undertake units in advanced research management, seminal texts in criminology and honours research methods before completing your substantial research project with the support of an academic supervisor. Your project will culminate in a thesis and gives you the opportunity to pursue original lines of thought, formulate and test hypotheses, develop problem solving strategies, make decisions and demonstrate high ethical standards, pursue awareness of sociocultural and equity issues, and develop professional accountability. Honours provides you with advanced analytical skills, leading to opportunities for higher degree studies and giving you an edge in your professional life.

Honours students have investigated important and absorbing topics such as:
• impairment of the mind and the right to give sexual consent
• news coverage of domestic violence homicide
• politicisation of the genocide label
• murder by falling—analysis of staged fatal falls
• gendered representation of male and female terrorists in Australian media
• ‘African’ women on ‘mail-order bride’ websites
• cyberbullying and young Australians.

You will work alongside dedicated and passionate researchers in a vibrant research environment. To find out more about our areas of research strength, visit our Research page and the Crime and Justice Research Centre home page.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Justice (Honours)

The Bachelor of Justice (Honours) is a 96 credit point course. Students complete 3 coursework units to the value of 48 credit points and a dissertation (48 credit points). The dissertation calls for students to design, develop and implement a substantial research project. Students pursue original lines of thought, formulate and test hypotheses, develop problem-solving strategies, make decisions and demonstrate high ethical standards, awareness of sociocultural and equity issues, and professional accountability. Students should contact the honours coordinator to discuss their thesis topic and possible academic supervisor.

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Entry requirements

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Academic entry requirement

Completion of QUT's Bachelor of Justice (or equivalent) recognised degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 (on QUT's 7-point scale). The bachelor degree must have been completed within the last two years.



Course fees

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

2019: CSP $6,600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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

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Scholarships and financial support

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

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Justice (Honours)

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Checked important dates.
  2. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  3. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  4. Found a supervisor
  5. Discussed your options and developed your topic
  6. Written your research proposal
  7. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  8. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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