Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science

Course summary for current 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
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code079572M
Deakin course codeD390

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.

Alternative exits

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

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$6,762Not applicable$28,520

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

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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