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 Title Credit Points Course Code Campus
Introduction to Criminal Psychology 12 JUST2323 City Campus
Foundations of Criminology 12 SOCU2064 City Campus
Foundations of Psychology 12 BESC1126 City Campus
Introduction to Law 12 HUSO2235 City Campus
Criminological Theory 12 SOCU2119 City Campus
Principles of Psychology 12 BESC1123 City Campus
Forensic Interviewing 12 JUST1117 City 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 Title Credit Points Course Code Campus
Biological Psychology 12 BESC1190 City Campus
Developmental Psychology 12 BESC1182 City Campus
Research Methods in Psychology 12 BESC1449 City Campus
Social Psychology 12 BESC1186 City Campus
Cognitive Psychology 12 BESC1178 City 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 Title Credit Points Course Code Campus
Case Management Practice 12 SOCU2114 City Campus
Forensic Psychology 12 BESC1429 City Campus
Philosophy and Methodology of Psychology 12 BESC1437 City Campus
Professional Practices in Psychology 12 BESC1453 City Campus
Criminal Behaviour Analysis 12 SOCU2253 City Campus
Psychological Assessment and Individual Differences 12 BESC1433 City Campus
Psychopathology and Models of Intervention 12 BESC1445 City Campus

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

AND
Program Option Courses:

List of Program Option Courses:

Course Title Credit Points Course Code Campus
Alternative Dispute Resolution 12 HWSS1144 City Campus
Applied Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples 12 HUSO2301 City Campus
Arbitration 12 JUST2326 City Campus
Border Security 12 JUST2300 City Campus
Civil Obligations 12 JUST2315 City Campus
Civil Procedure 12 SOCU2094 City Campus
Community Based Corrections 12 JUST2309 City Campus
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 12 HUSO2225 City Campus
Corrections 12 POLI1076 City Campus
Contemporary Sentencing 12 JUST2289 City Campus
Crime Prevention 12 JUST2237 City Campus
Criminal Law 12 HUSO2231 City Campus
Criminal Law Investigation and Procedure 12 HWSS2120 City Campus
Criminology and Justice Studies Field Project 12 HWSS2161 City Campus
Deviance, Control and Conflict 12 HUSO2120 City Campus
Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society 12 INTE2079 City Campus
Drug Related Crime 12 HUSO2228 City Campus
Evidence and Proof in Litigation 12 JUST2270 City Campus
Family, Society and the Law 12 SOCU2096 City Campus
Forensic Studies 12 ONPS2169 City Campus
Foundations of Policing 12 JUST2254 City Campus
Global Crime 12 SOCU2235 City Campus
Indigenous Studies 12 HUSO1296 City Campus
Information Law and Society 12 HUSO2342 City Campus
International Human Rights and Law 12 POLI1068 City Campus
Introduction to Applied Human Rights 12 HUSO2311 City Campus
Introduction to Criminal Justice 12 JUST2273 City Campus
Justice and Legal Internship 24 HWSS2181 City Campus
Labour Relations Law 12 JUST2316 City Campus
Miscarriages of Justice 12 JUST2339 City Campus
The Practice of Mediation 12 HWSS2202 City Campus
Professional Internship 12 HWSS2156 City Campus
Psychology of Everyday Thinking 12 BESC1071 City Campus
Psychology of Social Life 12 BESC1072 City Campus
Psychology of Stress 12 BESC1075 City Campus
The Sociology of Drug Use 12 HUSO2201 City Campus
Sociology of Law 12 SOCU2095 City Campus
Terrorism and Society 12 POLI1062 City Campus
Therapeutic Jurisprudence 12 JUST2307 City Campus
Understanding Conflict and Mediation 12 HWSS2157 City Campus
Understanding Personality 12 BESC1403 City Campus
Victimology 12 HUSO2234 City Campus
Welfare Law 12 SOCU2097 City Campus
Working with Clients with Co-existing disorders 12 HWSS2172 City Campus
Youth Justice Systems 12 HWSS2117 City 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 Title Credit Points Course Code Campus
Introduction to Criminal Psychology 12 JUST2323 City Campus
Foundations of Criminology 12 SOCU2064 City Campus
Foundations of Psychology 12 BESC1126 City Campus
Introduction to Law 12 HUSO2235 City Campus
Criminological Theory 12 SOCU2119 City Campus
Principles of Psychology 12 BESC1123 City Campus
Forensic Interviewing 12 JUST1117 City 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 Title Credit Points Course Code Campus
Biological Psychology 12 BESC1190 City Campus
Developmental Psychology 12 BESC1182 City Campus
Research Methods in Psychology 12 BESC1449 City Campus
Social Psychology 12 BESC1186 City Campus
Cognitive Psychology 12 BESC1178 City 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 Title Credit Points Course Code Campus
Case Management Practice 12 SOCU2114 City Campus
Forensic Psychology 12 BESC1429 City Campus
Philosophy and Methodology of Psychology 12 BESC1437 City Campus
Professional Practices in Psychology 12 BESC1453 City Campus
Criminal Behaviour Analysis 12 SOCU2253 City Campus
Psychological Assessment and Individual Differences 12 BESC1433 City Campus
Psychopathology and Models of Intervention 12 BESC1445 City Campus

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

AND
Program Option Courses:

List of Program Option Courses:

Course Title Credit Points Course Code Campus
Alternative Dispute Resolution 12 HWSS1144 City Campus
Applied Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples 12 HUSO2301 City Campus
Arbitration 12 JUST2326 City Campus
Border Security 12 JUST2300 City Campus
Civil Obligations 12 JUST2315 City Campus
Civil Procedure 12 SOCU2094 City Campus
Community Based Corrections 12 JUST2309 City Campus
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 12 HUSO2225 City Campus
Corrections 12 POLI1076 City Campus
Contemporary Sentencing 12 JUST2289 City Campus
Crime Prevention 12 JUST2237 City Campus
Criminal Law 12 HUSO2231 City Campus
Criminal Law Investigation and Procedure 12 HWSS2120 City Campus
Criminology and Justice Studies Field Project 12 HWSS2161 City Campus
Deviance, Control and Conflict 12 HUSO2120 City Campus
Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society 12 INTE2079 City Campus
Drug Related Crime 12 HUSO2228 City Campus
Evidence and Proof in Litigation 12 JUST2270 City Campus
Family, Society and the Law 12 SOCU2096 City Campus
Forensic Studies 12 ONPS2169 City Campus
Foundations of Policing 12 JUST2254 City Campus
Global Crime 12 SOCU2235 City Campus
Indigenous Studies 12 HUSO1296 City Campus
Information Law and Society 12 HUSO2342 City Campus
International Human Rights and Law 12 POLI1068 City Campus
Introduction to Applied Human Rights 12 HUSO2311 City Campus
Introduction to Criminal Justice 12 JUST2273 City Campus
Justice and Legal Internship 24 HWSS2181 City Campus
Labour Relations Law 12 JUST2316 City Campus
Miscarriages of Justice 12 JUST2339 City Campus
The Practice of Mediation 12 HWSS2202 City Campus
Professional Internship 12 HWSS2156 City Campus
Psychology of Everyday Thinking 12 BESC1071 City Campus
Psychology of Social Life 12 BESC1072 City Campus
Psychology of Stress 12 BESC1075 City Campus
The Sociology of Drug Use 12 HUSO2201 City Campus
Sociology of Law 12 SOCU2095 City Campus
Terrorism and Society 12 POLI1062 City Campus
Therapeutic Jurisprudence 12 JUST2307 City Campus
Understanding Conflict and Mediation 12 HWSS2157 City Campus
Understanding Personality 12 BESC1403 City Campus
Victimology 12 HUSO2234 City Campus
Welfare Law 12 SOCU2097 City Campus
Working with Clients with Co-existing disorders 12 HWSS2172 City Campus
Youth Justice Systems 12 HWSS2117 City 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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