Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology
Understand whether criminals are born or made.


National CRICOS Course Code
Course length
3 years, full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Monday 4 February 2019
Monday 27 May 2019
Monday 16 September 2019

Study modes

On-campus in Melbourne, via online delivery, or via blended delivery in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane which combines online study with compulsory on-campus workshops. You will need to have access to a computer and the internet, study mode availability is subject to unit requirements and trimester enrolments

Only available to international students on-campus in Melbourne.

About this course

Understand criminal behaviour. Lead a successful career in criminology.

You’re intrigued by the workings of a criminal mind, what motivates and drives criminal behaviour, you want to help people work towards a more positive future. Our Bachelor of Psychological Science 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.

You’ll graduate with the practical skills and strategies to successfully work in the criminal justice system. 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 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 peoples.

This course is accredited without conditions by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) in Sydney and Melbourne, and is conditionally accredited in Brisbane.


This course is comprised of a number of core units. Core units are compulsory subjects required to complete your degree. 

There are no elective units available for this degree. 



Before Applying

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.


Feel free to get in touch with us

1800 061 199
Admission Criteria
Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Minimum ATAR 65 (or equivalent), or
  • Cert IV or above, or
  • Admission to candidature for an undergraduate degree at an Australian University (or equivalent), or
  • Be aged 21 years or over and submit a 500-word statement that satisfies the College as to your ability and aptitude to successfully undertake study of this type and level.

International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall band of 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Qualifications Recognition Policy Unit to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by ACAP.

The accrediting body may have additional requirements, including minimum English language, to meet professional accreditation standards. For more information on meeting those requirements visit

What you'll learn

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

Explore with an applied focus:

  • Biology, learning and cognition
  • Research Methodology
  • Learning and memory
  • Perception and cognition
  • Lifespan development
  • Social psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • 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
  • Victimology
  • Case management
  • Forensic psychology

See the complete course guide here.

ACAP’s small classes appealed to me and I felt that everyone was accepted here. I have decided to continue my studies as I want to learn more about the mind!



Your Career Pathways


Gain the experience that puts you on the pathway to working as a psychologist in areas such as health and social welfare, social policy and research, market research, human services, disability and ageing, mental health services, juvenile justice and immigration and refugee support services. Careers in criminal justice also include intelligence agencies, youth justice, indigenous justice, criminal law and reform, and state and federal policing.

Further Study Pathways

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology, depending on your results, you may be eligible to enter fourth year ACAP psychology programs such as the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), or graduate-entry degrees in areas such as social work, counselling, community services, and other areas where an undergraduate degree in psychology/criminology is recognised for entry.

The Psychology Study Sequence

It takes 6 years to become eligible to be registered as a psychologist in Australia. Currently the 6 years can be made up of:

  • 6 years of accredited study
  • 5 years of accredited study and 1 year of supervised practice
  • 4 years of accredited study and 2 years of supervised practice
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