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Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology

Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology

Understand criminal behaviour. Lead a successful career in criminology.
Bachelor of Psychological Sciences and Criminology
3 Years Full Time
CRICOS Code: 097107J
Australian Qualification Framework: 7
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Sydney*, Melbourne, Adelaide*, Perth*, Online
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Be intrigued by the human mind

Understand the psychology at the root of criminal behaviour

You’re intrigued by the workings of the criminal mind and what motivates and drives criminal behaviour. You want to help people work towards a more positive future. Our Bachelor of Psychological Sciences and Criminology gives you deep insight into why we think and act the way we do, and how to help change behaviour before it becomes destructive, or rehabilitate those who have already progressed down a path of crime.

Bachelor of Psychological Science


You’ll graduate with practical skills and strategies to successfully work in the criminal justice system in a range of different roles and with an understanding of the role society plays in shaping crime and criminal minds.

Research by the Australian Institute of Criminology highlights the links between mental illness, crime and rehabilitation, with mental disorders up to four times higher in prison populations compared to the general population.

This course has been accredited by the Navitas Professional Institute (NPI) under its self-accrediting authority.

*This course is not available to international students on campus in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth or Sydney.

Course structure

This course is comprised of 24 units, which are level 100, 200 and 300 units.

The course duration is 3 years full time or up to 8 years part time. For more information on the recommended course sequence click here.

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Bachelor of criminology

What you'll learn

Expertise in human behaviour forms the foundation of all our courses including our Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology.


Biology, learning and cognition
Research methodology
Learning and memory
Perception and cognition
Lifespan development
Social psychology
Psychological measurement and assessment
Intercultural diversity and Indigenous psychology
Professional issues and applications in psychology
The criminal justice system
Cultural diversity and its relevance to crime and criminal justice
Substance use and crime
Law and the legal system
Theoretical and applied criminology
Alternative approaches to criminal justice
Case management
Forensic psychology

Pathways for future study

Further postgraduate study in psychology are available with ACAP, including the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), a competitive entry program which provides the fourth year of study required to become a provisionally-registered Psychologist. Other postgraduate study options such as counselling, social work and coaching are also available at ACAP.

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This specialised double major degree is ideal if you’re interested in working in the courts, corrections, youth justice or with offenders, victims or vulnerable populations including young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Bethany, Bachelor of Counselling
There was so much one-on-one time with lecturers, they really wanted to make sure we succeeded. Bethany, Bachelor of Psychological Science & Criminology
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I am passionate about helping prison officers with PTSD. ACAP helped me pursue my passion. Tammy, Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours)

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Chat to one of our ACAP Course Advisors to make sure you’re picking the right course for your goals. Think about funding options, and whether full-time or part-time study suits your commitments. We’ve also got some entry requirements and practical components to complete. Before you start studying at ACAP, check out the services and support available to students. Feel free to get in touch with us.
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