Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
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Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Next available intake

Trimester 1 (March), Trimester 2 (July)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$28,520 AUD
CRICOS course code079572M
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at

VTAC Codes1400310041 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400510041 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400610041 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D390
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Course rules

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);

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

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


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.

Course structure

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

Criminology core units

ACR101Introducing Crime and Criminology #

ACR102Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice #

ACR201Issues in Criminal Justice

ACR202Criminology Theory

ACR301International and Comparative Criminal Justice

ACR302Criminology Research

 Psychological Science core units

HBS107Understanding Health

HBS110Health Behaviour

HPS104Foundations of Psychological Science

HPS111Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

HPS201Research Methods in Psychology A

HPS202Child and Adolescent Development

HPS203The Human Mind

HPS204Human Social Behaviour

HPS301Research Methods in Psychology B



HPS310Brain, Biology and Behaviour


*ACR210, ACR211 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 1 2016, 2018, Trimester 3 2017, 2019.

** ACR212, ACR213 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 3 2016, 2018, Trimester 1 2017, 2019.



ACR203Crime, Victims and Justice

ACR204Crime, Media and Justice

ACR210Crime, Surveillance and Society

ACR211Crime Prevention and Security

ACR212Crime, Surveillance and Technology

ACR213Crime, Terrorism and Security

ACR303Criminology Practicum 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.


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Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

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.


IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.

Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

Alternate exits

Bachelor of Criminology (A329)
Bachelor of Psychological Science (H344)