UNDERGRADUATE

Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology

This degree can be used a first step to becoming a psychologist. To become a psychologist, you need to complete further study at honours and master levels.

Degree Details

Have you ever wondered why people engage in offending behaviour? In the Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology, you will develop an understanding of the psychology of crime, be able to conduct forensic interviews and provide case management for offenders, victims and clients with complex needs.

You’ll learn key communication, risk assessment, behavioural analysis and research skills and gain a strong understanding of psychological theories and practice.

On completion of the degree you will have developed the emotional and intellectual resources required for a challenging but rewarding career in the justice and human services fields.

Use your strong understanding of psychological theories and practice to become a frontline justice worker.

As a graduate, you'll be ready to influence and shape legal, social and ethical issues in the field.

You’ll be prepared to meet the challenges of working in customs, corrections, child protection, welfare and youth services in justice organisations. For example, you could work for Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria, the Department of Justice and Regulation, and the Department of Human Services.

This degree also provides the academic foundations for those wishing to pursue a career in various areas of psychology, including clinical, educational, organisational, developmental and forensic psychology.

Careers roles include:

  • victim support officer
  • police officer
  • investigator
  • corrections officer
  • drug and alcohol support services worker
  • policy writer
  • customs and immigration officer
  • crime analyst
  • security analyst
  • indigenous services liaison.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 70% (see calculator below).

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following: Note: All courses listed may not be available each semester
Year One of Program

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses:

Course TitleCredit PointsCourse CodeCampus
Introduction to Criminal Psychology12JUST2323City Campus
Foundations of Criminology12SOCU2064City Campus
Foundations of Psychology12BESC1126City Campus
Introduction to Law12HUSO2235City Campus
Criminological Theory12SOCU2119City Campus
Principles of Psychology12BESC1123City Campus
Forensic Interviewing12JUST1117City Campus

ANDSelect and Complete One (1) Program Option Course or an alternative negotiated with the Program Manager. Please refer to the list of Program Option Courses at the end of this program structure:

AND
Year Two of Program

Complete the following Five (5) Courses:

Course TitleCredit PointsCourse CodeCampus
Biological Psychology12BESC1190City Campus
Developmental Psychology12BESC1182City Campus
Research Methods in Psychology12BESC1449City Campus
Social Psychology12BESC1186City Campus
Cognitive Psychology12BESC1178City Campus

ANDSelect and Complete One (1) Course from any:University Elective ANDSelect and Complete Two (2) 12cp Program Option Courses listed at end of this program structure or an alternative negotiated with the Program Manager. Note: HWSS2181 Justice & Legal Internship is a 24cp course and will count as 2 electives.

AND
Year Three of Program

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses:

Course TitleCredit PointsCourse CodeCampus
Case Management Practice12SOCU2114City Campus
Forensic Psychology12BESC1429City Campus
Philosophy and Methodology of Psychology12BESC1437City Campus
Professional Practices in Psychology12BESC1453City Campus
Criminal Behaviour Analysis12SOCU2253City Campus
Psychological Assessment and Individual Differences12BESC1433City Campus
Psychopathology and Models of Intervention12BESC1445City Campus

ANDSelect and Complete One (1) Course from:University Elective

AND
Program Option Courses:

List of Program Option Courses:

Course TitleCredit PointsCourse CodeCampus
Alternative Dispute Resolution12HWSS1144City Campus
Applied Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples12HUSO2301City Campus
Arbitration12JUST2326City Campus
Border Security12JUST2300City Campus
Civil Obligations12JUST2315City Campus
Civil Procedure12SOCU2094City Campus
Community Based Corrections12JUST2309City Campus
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems12HUSO2225City Campus
Corrections12POLI1076City Campus
Contemporary Sentencing12JUST2289City Campus
Crime Prevention12JUST2237City Campus
Criminal Law12HUSO2231City Campus
Criminal Law Investigation and Procedure12HWSS2120City Campus
Criminology and Justice Studies Field Project12HWSS2161City Campus
Deviance, Control and Conflict12HUSO2120City Campus
Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society12INTE2079City Campus
Drug Related Crime12HUSO2228City Campus
Evidence and Proof in Litigation12JUST2270City Campus
Family, Society and the Law12SOCU2096City Campus
Forensic Studies12ONPS2169City Campus
Foundations of Policing12JUST2254City Campus
Global Crime12SOCU2235City Campus
Indigenous Studies12HUSO1296City Campus
Information Law and Society12HUSO2342City Campus
International Human Rights and Law12POLI1068City Campus
Introduction to Applied Human Rights12HUSO2311City Campus
Introduction to Criminal Justice12JUST2273City Campus
Justice and Legal Internship24HWSS2181City Campus
Labour Relations Law12JUST2316City Campus
Miscarriages of Justice12JUST2339City Campus
The Practice of Mediation12HWSS2202City Campus
Professional Internship12HWSS2156City Campus
Psychology of Everyday Thinking12BESC1071City Campus
Psychology of Social Life12BESC1072City Campus
Psychology of Stress12BESC1075City Campus
The Sociology of Drug Use12HUSO2201City Campus
Sociology of Law12SOCU2095City Campus
Terrorism and Society12POLI1062City Campus
Therapeutic Jurisprudence12JUST2307City Campus
Understanding Conflict and Mediation12HWSS2157City Campus
Understanding Personality12BESC1403City Campus
Victimology12HUSO2234City Campus
Welfare Law12SOCU2097City Campus
Working with Clients with Co-existing disorders12HWSS2172City Campus
Youth Justice Systems12HWSS2117City Campus

How To Apply

RMIT

Complete your details and we'll make sure your inquiry is sent to the RMIT which will contact you to discuss this degree. For more details, feel free to contact one of the educational consultants at EDVISE HUB Click Here To Book Your Session

Degree Details

Have you ever wondered why people engage in offending behaviour? In the Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology, you will develop an understanding of the psychology of crime, be able to conduct forensic interviews and provide case management for offenders, victims and clients with complex needs.

You’ll learn key communication, risk assessment, behavioural analysis and research skills and gain a strong understanding of psychological theories and practice.

On completion of the degree you will have developed the emotional and intellectual resources required for a challenging but rewarding career in the justice and human services fields.

Use your strong understanding of psychological theories and practice to become a frontline justice worker.

As a graduate, you'll be ready to influence and shape legal, social and ethical issues in the field.

You’ll be prepared to meet the challenges of working in customs, corrections, child protection, welfare and youth services in justice organisations. For example, you could work for Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria, the Department of Justice and Regulation, and the Department of Human Services.

This degree also provides the academic foundations for those wishing to pursue a career in various areas of psychology, including clinical, educational, organisational, developmental and forensic psychology.

Careers roles include:

  • victim support officer
  • police officer
  • investigator
  • corrections officer
  • drug and alcohol support services worker
  • policy writer
  • customs and immigration officer
  • crime analyst
  • security analyst
  • indigenous services liaison.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 70% (see calculator below).

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following: Note: All courses listed may not be available each semester
Year One of Program

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses:

Course TitleCredit PointsCourse CodeCampus
Introduction to Criminal Psychology12JUST2323City Campus
Foundations of Criminology12SOCU2064City Campus
Foundations of Psychology12BESC1126City Campus
Introduction to Law12HUSO2235City Campus
Criminological Theory12SOCU2119City Campus
Principles of Psychology12BESC1123City Campus
Forensic Interviewing12JUST1117City Campus

ANDSelect and Complete One (1) Program Option Course or an alternative negotiated with the Program Manager. Please refer to the list of Program Option Courses at the end of this program structure:

AND
Year Two of Program

Complete the following Five (5) Courses:

Course TitleCredit PointsCourse CodeCampus
Biological Psychology12BESC1190City Campus
Developmental Psychology12BESC1182City Campus
Research Methods in Psychology12BESC1449City Campus
Social Psychology12BESC1186City Campus
Cognitive Psychology12BESC1178City Campus

ANDSelect and Complete One (1) Course from any:University Elective ANDSelect and Complete Two (2) 12cp Program Option Courses listed at end of this program structure or an alternative negotiated with the Program Manager. Note: HWSS2181 Justice & Legal Internship is a 24cp course and will count as 2 electives.

AND
Year Three of Program

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses:

Course TitleCredit PointsCourse CodeCampus
Case Management Practice12SOCU2114City Campus
Forensic Psychology12BESC1429City Campus
Philosophy and Methodology of Psychology12BESC1437City Campus
Professional Practices in Psychology12BESC1453City Campus
Criminal Behaviour Analysis12SOCU2253City Campus
Psychological Assessment and Individual Differences12BESC1433City Campus
Psychopathology and Models of Intervention12BESC1445City Campus

ANDSelect and Complete One (1) Course from:University Elective

AND
Program Option Courses:

List of Program Option Courses:

Course TitleCredit PointsCourse CodeCampus
Alternative Dispute Resolution12HWSS1144City Campus
Applied Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples12HUSO2301City Campus
Arbitration12JUST2326City Campus
Border Security12JUST2300City Campus
Civil Obligations12JUST2315City Campus
Civil Procedure12SOCU2094City Campus
Community Based Corrections12JUST2309City Campus
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems12HUSO2225City Campus
Corrections12POLI1076City Campus
Contemporary Sentencing12JUST2289City Campus
Crime Prevention12JUST2237City Campus
Criminal Law12HUSO2231City Campus
Criminal Law Investigation and Procedure12HWSS2120City Campus
Criminology and Justice Studies Field Project12HWSS2161City Campus
Deviance, Control and Conflict12HUSO2120City Campus
Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society12INTE2079City Campus
Drug Related Crime12HUSO2228City Campus
Evidence and Proof in Litigation12JUST2270City Campus
Family, Society and the Law12SOCU2096City Campus
Forensic Studies12ONPS2169City Campus
Foundations of Policing12JUST2254City Campus
Global Crime12SOCU2235City Campus
Indigenous Studies12HUSO1296City Campus
Information Law and Society12HUSO2342City Campus
International Human Rights and Law12POLI1068City Campus
Introduction to Applied Human Rights12HUSO2311City Campus
Introduction to Criminal Justice12JUST2273City Campus
Justice and Legal Internship24HWSS2181City Campus
Labour Relations Law12JUST2316City Campus
Miscarriages of Justice12JUST2339City Campus
The Practice of Mediation12HWSS2202City Campus
Professional Internship12HWSS2156City Campus
Psychology of Everyday Thinking12BESC1071City Campus
Psychology of Social Life12BESC1072City Campus
Psychology of Stress12BESC1075City Campus
The Sociology of Drug Use12HUSO2201City Campus
Sociology of Law12SOCU2095City Campus
Terrorism and Society12POLI1062City Campus
Therapeutic Jurisprudence12JUST2307City Campus
Understanding Conflict and Mediation12HWSS2157City Campus
Understanding Personality12BESC1403City Campus
Victimology12HUSO2234City Campus
Welfare Law12SOCU2097City Campus
Working with Clients with Co-existing disorders12HWSS2172City Campus
Youth Justice Systems12HWSS2117City Campus

How To Apply

RMIT

Complete your details and we'll make sure your inquiry is sent to the RMIT which will contact you to discuss this degree. For more details, feel free to contact one of the educational consultants at EDVISE HUB Click Here To Book Your Session

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Duration:Full-time 3 years

Location:Australia

Fees:AUD$32,640

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