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Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science

Undergraduate degree

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:
62.05
Waurn Ponds:
63.95
Cloud:
NP?
Lowest selection rank

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2021 close 27 June 2021
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2021 close 24 October 2021

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science will make you rethink your perception of ‘crime’, while exploring the social justice and rehabilitation themes that intertwine with crime. 

Not only will you be able to study two of your passions, you’ll graduate with two sought-after degrees and a wealth of study and career options. The psychological science stream of the course is professionally accredited, meaning you can enter the workforce with excellent job opportunities, or continue your studies into further training that leads to registration as a psychologist. 

Everything you learn, from forensic psychology techniques to a deep understanding of criminal justice, is enhanced by practical learning. You’ll even get the chance to undertake a psychology placement in your final year. Apply your skills in a real-world setting and get a taste for your future role under the guidance of industry professionals. 

Are you ready to explore the link between crime and human behaviour? 

If you are interested in the many areas where psychology and criminology overlap, this is the degree for you. Whether it’s crime prevention or the subsequent justice and rehabilitation of offenders, the knowledge you’ll develop, paired with an understanding of the ‘why’ behind psychological science, will put you in high demand when starting your career.

By studying the two disciplines simultaneously, you will gain broad, theoretical, applied knowledge and skills concerning:

  • the meaning of crime
  • the forms, causes and consequences of crime
  • the different institutions and processes involved in preventing and controlling crime
  • policy development
  • policing and security.

The psychological science component of this double degree recognises the importance of, and interrelationships between, a range of human factors you will encounter in your future career. You will explore diverse areas of psychology, including behavioural neuroscience, cognitive psychology, forensic psychology and psychopathology, and be able to use this knowledge when analysing the causes and consequences of crime.

In this double degree, you will have the opportunity to complete a criminology practicum in your final year of study. This unit brings your new profession to the classroom (including online) 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.

Additionally, you will get the chance to build real-world experience by electing to undertake the Psychology at Work (Internship) unit in your final year of study, giving you 140 hours of practical psychology industry placement, strengthening your employment prospects.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science students must complete 32 credit points. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Psychological Science (H344) and Bachelor of Criminology (A329) must be satisfied.^

16 credit points of Arts course grouped units and 16 credit points of Health course grouped units
^No more than 10 credit points at level 1

Psychological Science

  • 3 core foundation Health units (HPS105, 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 course electives (ACR coded units) taken at level 2 or above
  • At least 4 credit points at level 3 including ACR301 and ACR302
  • Up to 4 credit points of electives chosen from Arts course grouped units.
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • (0 credit point compulsory unit)

Students are also encouraged to consider taking electives from the Professional Experience and Practice Minor sequence APE101, APE201, APE202 and APE301.

16

Arts Units

16

Health Units

32

Total

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
  • Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Criminology Theory
  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Criminology Research
  •  Psychological Science core units

  • Foundations of Psychological Practice
  • Health Behaviour
  • Foundations of Psychological Science
  • Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
  • Psychology B: Individual and Social Development
  • Psychology Research Methods (Introductory)
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • The Human Mind
  • Human Social Behaviour
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology (this is a core only for the D390 course in the list)
  • Psychology Research Methods (Intermediate)
  • Personality
  • Psychopathology
  • Brain, Biology and Behaviour
  • Course Electives

    Criminology

  • Crime, Victims and Justice
  • Crime, Media and Justice
  • Criminology in Action
  • Crime Prevention and Security *
  • Crime, Surveillance and Technology **
  • Crime, Surveillance and Society *
  • Crime, Terrorism and Security **
  • Careers in Criminal Justice
  • The remaining Arts course grouped electives can be found within the Bachelor of Arts.

    ACR304, ACR211 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 1 2020, 2022, and Trimester 3 2021

    ** ACR212, ACR305 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 3 2020, 2022, and Trimester 1 2021

    Psychological Science

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

    Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science

    Year

    2021 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 Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications 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

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

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study. 

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Admissions 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 ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    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 first intake of 2021 students (PDF, 592.2KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of 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.

    Please note that a maximum of five credit points can be granted for Psychology core units.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of 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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $10,587 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    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 Recognition of 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.

    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

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for Trimester 1, 2022 open in August. Each year, thousands of students prepare for uni with the help of Deakin support services. We offer a huge range of support, including one-on-one consultations, webinars, online resources and events throughout the year.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are now open for:

    • recent Year 12 students who completed secondary education in the past two years
    • applicants with work and life experience
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply through VTAC.

      Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Download the course flyer

    To learn more about what the Bachelor of Criminology, and criminology double degrees at Deakin have to offer, download our course flyer.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science with our pathways finder.

    Alternative exits

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Careers

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

    Pathway to becoming a fully registered psychologist

    Become job ready with 140 hours of industry experience

    Fast track your degree and finish in two years

    Career outcomes

    Promising career opportunities await in the areas of criminology and psychology. You 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
    • private security and consultative industries.

    Students wanting to take the next step towards becoming a psychologist must apply for an honours year (e.g. Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or Graduate Diploma of Psychology). Once completed, you will be able to register as a provisional psychologist with the PBA.

    If you are ready to take your psychology career further, the option to become a fully registered psychologist is available by undertaking a master’s or doctorate qualification in psychology.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Professional recognition

    All of the psychology courses offered at Deakin meet the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS), translating into excellent job and career opportunities for our graduates. Upon graduation of this degree, you’ll have gained a three-year undergraduate psychology sequence that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and recognised for registration purposes by the PBA, enabling you to undertake additional study in pursuit of provisional 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)

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    #ARWU Rankings 2019
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    ^Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019 winner
    ^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
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