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Criminology & Justice

What makes someone commit a crime? Understanding the causes of crime and working one-on-one with law-breakers can help criminologists and other justice system professionals prevent people from re-offending. Want to make the community safer?

Why ECU?

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    For the fifth year in a row, ECU has received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all 37 public universities in Australia.

    ECU was also the top-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

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    Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

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    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.

Courses

Study world ready

In Criminology & Justice courses, students examine the nature of crime and social control, and a broad range of justice-related areas, including policing, courts, law, corrections and alternative dispute resolution.

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Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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Scholarship opportunities to reduce your expenses

Scholarships recognise those whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as students who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

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Student stories

  • Georgia Williams

    Georgia Williams

    ECU Psychology, Criminology and Justice graduate

    "Being able to work on The Innocence Project drew me to ECU"

    ECU's Psychology and Criminology course offered units no other universities offered, including The Innocence Project. This hands-on project allows us to investigate real cases of alleged wrongful conviction. It has been extremely beneficial to work on this in teams, and use practical skills.

    The facilities are excellent and being able to study online is very helpful and convenient. This allowed me to continue my course when I moved interstate temporarily.

    The lecturers I had were fantastic; all friendly, approachable and experts in their fields. The entire study experience at ECU has been rewarding, enjoyable and has helped me grow as a person.

  • Leilani Kwan

    Leilani Kwan

    Criminology & Justice student

    "The program was challenging, stimulating and very exciting"

    I am the first ECU student to participate in the Evidence Based Policing Internship Program with the WA Police, as part of my studies in the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice course at ECU.

    This initiative is designed to provide high‑calibre university students the opportunity to gain practical experience and the chance to apply their research, evaluation, critical analysis and writing skills in a dynamic work environment.

    My project consisted of data analysis, evaluative research, data selection and processing, which I found highly complementary to my existing course of study at ECU. I cannot emphasise enough the value of this experience.

    It has provided me with a strong motivation to contribute to work efforts regarding crime and criminal justice.

  • Declan Brooks-Crew

    Criminology & Justice student

    "Studying Criminology & Justice at ECU can prepare you for a wide range of occupations"

    This course takes learnings from fields like Psychology, Social Science and Forensics and applies them to the world of crime. ECU Criminology & Justice student Declan Brooks-Crew tells us more.