Bachelor of Psychological Science (BPsychSc) with a major stream in Criminology


The BPsychSc: Psychology with a major stream in Criminology provides students with the opportunity to complete an APAC accredited three year sequence in psychology (a psychology major) along with a major stream in criminology. Students undertaking the this program must take specified units from the Navitas College of Public Safety(NCPS) as their electives in the BPsychSc. This sequence of units comprises the criminology major.

The psychology major provides students with a comprehensive education in the theories and models that underpin the scientific discipline of psychology, critical / analytical thinking, and research methodology, design and analysis necessary for conducting and evaluating psychological research. The BPsychSc also introduces students to the applications of psychological theory.

In the criminology major stream, students gain an understanding of the causes of crime, strategies used to prevent and respond to crime, and wider issues of concern to the criminal justice system including organised crime. The major exposes students to a wider sociological background so that they can better understand the social context in which criminal behaviour takes place and the role that society plays in shaping crime and the criminal. This major complements students’ knowledge of psychology and their understanding of behaviour through psychological approaches.

The criminology major stream will be of benefit to students seeking to work in the Criminal Justice system or its related agencies, for example in the courts, corrections or in youth justice. This includes those seeking to work with offenders, victims, or vulnerable populations including young people and Indigenous Australians. 

Year level

Core Psychology units

Criminology units*

Year 1

PSYC1012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 1

JALE1024 Criminal Justice

PSYC1022 Introduction to Psychology: The Individual, Society and Culture

SOSC1004 Cultural Diversity


PSYC1032 Introduction to Psychology: Biology, Learning and Cognition

SOSC1014 Ethics


CRIM1004 Theoretical Criminology


CRIM2014 Applied Criminology

Year 2

PSYC2012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 2

CRIM2024 Transnational Crime

PSYC2022 Perception and Cognition

CRIM2034 Issues in Criminal Justice

PSYC2032 Learning and Memory

SOSC2004 Indigenous Peoples & Justice


PSYC2042 Life Span Development


PSYC2052 Social Psychology


Year 3

PSYC3012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 3

CRIM3004 Victimology


PSYC3022 Psychopathology

JALE3924 Mental Health and Criminal Justice

PSYC3032 Psychological Measurement and Assessment

Elective A^

PSYC3042 Intercultural Diversity and Indigenous Psychology


PSYC3052 Professional Issues and Applications in Psychology


^ Elective A is one unit at the 300 level chosen from the following:

CRIM3914 International Criminal Justice

JALE3904 Youth Justice

PSYC3312 Introduction to Forensic Psychology