Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science

This unique double degree explores a wide range of topics, encouraging students to question the link between crime and human behaviour. Apply today.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood: 70.65
Waurn Ponds: 60.80
Cloud: N/A
Clearly-in ATAR 2017

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Course information

Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science brings together two independent degrees and combines them in an attractive four-year combined course. This course provides an accredited undergraduate sequence in psychology and includes complementary studies in individual and group counselling, health, and behavioural change.

Combining psychology with criminology provides students with broad theoretical and applied knowledge and skills concerning the meaning of crime; the forms, causes and consequences of crime; and the different institutions and processes involved in preventing and controlling crime. You will be provided with broad theoretical and applied knowledge and skills in relation to policy development, policing and security, and related fields. Topic areas include crime, justice, security and surveillance.

You should consider this degree if you are interested in pursuing a career in psychology or criminology, and particularly the many areas where psychology and criminology overlap.

You will have the opportunity to complete the Criminology Practicum in your final year of study, a unit that brings the professions to the classroom (including online via the ‘cloud’) with practitioner-driven seminars, activities bridging theory and practice, and the development of an e-portfolio that can be used for employment or career development.

In line with Deakin’s commitment to providing flexible study options, you can choose to study the Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science full time or part time, at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) campus or via Cloud (online) mode. All subjects provide considerable online activities.

You will also have the opportunity to significantly fast-track your studies using Deakin’s trimester system.

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Course structure

Students must complete:

32 credit points of study including 16 cp of Arts course grouped units and 16 cp of Health course grouped units;

No more than 10 credit points at level 1

Psychological Science

3 core foundation Health units (HBS107, HPS104, HBS110);

11 credit points of Psychology core units (HPS111, HPS121, HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, HPS206, HPS301, HPS307, HPS308, HPS310);

2 credit points of level 3 HPS electives or 1 level 3 HPS and 1 level 3 HXX units.

Criminology

6 credit points of Criminology core units (ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302);

At least 6 credit points of Criminology electives (ACR coded units) taken at level 2 or above;

Up to 4 credit points of electives chosen from Arts course grouped units.

11 credit points of Psychology core units (HPS111, HPS121, HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, HPS206, HPS301, HPS307, HPS308, HPS310);

2 credit points of level 3 HPS electives or 1 level 3 HPS and 1 level 3 HXX units.

Criminology

6 credit points of Criminology core units (ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302);

At least 6 credit points of Criminology electives (ACR coded units) taken at level 2 or above;

Up to 4 credit points of electives chosen from Arts course grouped units.

2 credit points of level 3 HPS electives or 1 level 3 HPS and 1 level 3 HXX units.

Criminology

6 credit points of Criminology core units (ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302);

At least 6 credit points of Criminology electives (ACR coded units) taken at level 2 or above;

Up to 4 credit points of electives chosen from Arts course grouped units.

At least 6 credit points of Criminology electives (ACR coded units) taken at level 2 or above;

Up to 4 credit points of electives chosen from Arts course grouped units.

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

    16

    Arts Units

    16

    Health Units

    32

    Total

    Electives

    Criminology

  • Crime, Victims and Justice ACR203
  • Crime, Media and Justice ACR204
  • Crime, Surveillance and Society ACR210
  • Crime Prevention and Security ACR211
  • Crime, Surveillance and Technology ACR212
  • Crime, Terrorism and Security ACR213
  • Criminology Practicum ACR303 2 credit points
  • The remaining Arts course grouped electives can be found within the Bachelor of Arts.

    Psychological Science

    3 credit points of level 3 HPS electives or 2 level 3 HPS and 1 level 3 HXX units.

    Core units

    Note: Many of the HPS coded units are also offered in Trimester 3, offering students the opportunity to accelerate their studies.

    Criminology core units

  • Introducing Crime and Criminology ACR101 #
  • Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice ACR102 #
  • Issues in Criminal Justice ACR201
  • Criminology Theory ACR202
  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice ACR301
  • Criminology Research ACR302
  •  Psychological Science core units

  • Understanding Health HBS107
  • Health Behaviour HBS110
  • Foundations of Psychological Science HPS104
  • Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour HPS111
  • Psychology B: Individual and Social Development HPS121
  • Research Methods in Psychology A HPS201
  • Child and Adolescent Development HPS202
  • The Human Mind HPS203
  • Human Social Behaviour HPS204
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology HPS206 (this is a core only for the D390 course in the list)
  • Research Methods in Psychology B HPS301
  • Personality HPS307
  • Psychopathology HPS308
  • Brain, Biology and Behaviour HPS310
  • *ACR210, ACR211 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 1 2018, 2020, Trimester 3 2019, 2021

    ** ACR212, ACR213 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 3 2018, 2020, Trimester 1 2019, 2021

    Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science

    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400310041 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400510041 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400610041 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    D390
    CRICOS code
    079572M
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Looking to start studying in 2017?

    Find the Trimester 3 version of this course on our Trimester 3 course page


    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.  In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.  For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

    Year 12: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

    NY12 applicants who wish experience to be considered must include this information on their VTAC Personal Statement.
    NY12 applicants described in the STAT section are required to sit STAT Multiple Choice.

    Deakin Access and Equity Program applicants via SEAS.

    Helpful information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    To be advised (currently pending an announcement from the Australian Government on the 2017-18 Budget).
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    To be advised (currently pending an announcement from the Australian Government on the 2017-18 Budget).
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    The Australian Government recently announced proposed increases to tuition fees for students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP).  It is proposed that CSP fees will increase by 1.8% in 2018 and continue to rise to a total of 7.5% by 2021. The fee rates for 2018 will be available later in the year once the Government has confirmed the 2018 student contribution rates.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    Promising career opportunities await in the areas of criminology and psychology. Graduates may find employment in areas such as government agencies, state and federal police, security and intelligence agencies, research and policy development, correctional services, community services, and private security and consultative industries, as well as the many fields open to traditional psychology graduates.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Professional recognition

    This course is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of professional registration.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    See course entry for Bachelor of Criminology (A329) or Bachelor of Psychological Science (H344)

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.

    Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

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    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Entry pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

    Tap the infographic to explore your options

    Disclaimers:
    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Alternative exits

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Students applying with prior study or recognition for prior learning will need to contact the student support office to review their enrolment plans.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Tel 03 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

    Burwood (Melbourne) 
    Tel 03 9246 8100
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

    Cloud (online) 
    Tel 03 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au  

     

    Health - Student and Academic Services
    Tel 03 9251 7777
    health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

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