Careers in Psychology and Criminology
Psychology is a discipline that is interested in understanding the connections between the human mind and behaviour across a number of contexts including clinical and mental health, as well as business and education. Psychology is also relevant for those seeking employment in the criminal justice system and its support agencies, which is the focus of this double major bachelor degree.
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 will be of benefit to those who are 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.
The double major structure
The psychology major provides a comprehensive education in the theories and models underpinning the critical and analytical thinking, research methodology, design and analysis necessary for conducting and evaluating psychological research. The psychology major also introduces students to the applications of psychological theory.
The criminology major is concerned with approaches to criminal behaviour, the causes of crime, crime prevention, and responses to crime. The coverage of sociology in this major stream exposes students to the wider context in which criminal behaviour takes place and the role society plays in shaping crime and the criminal. This, coupled with the psychology major, provides students with a well-rounded understanding of human behaviour.
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 score of 6.5 with no sub-score less than 6.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).
Three years, full-time (or part-time equivalent).
2018 Start Dates
Trimester 1: Monday, 5 February 2018
Trimester 2: Monday, 28 May 2018
Trimester 3: Monday, 17 September 2018
The areas of study covered by this double major degree include:
- Research methods in psychology
- Theories of personality
- 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
For more information, see the course guide.
ACAP’s Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology is available on-campus in Melbourne, or by online delivery. Blended study combining online and on-campus delivery is also available in Sydney and Brisbane.
You will be required to undertake four hours of classes per week for each unit. To find out which units are offered online, please contact a course adviser.
You will be required to undertake three hours of classes per week for each unit. To find out which units are offered online, please contact a course adviser.
FEE-HELP is available to eligible students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology. If you are an Australian Citizen or hold a permanent Humanitarian Visa, you will be eligible to apply for and receive FEE-HELP after you have enrolled in this course.
For international student fees, click here.
It takes six years to become eligible to be registered as a psychologist in Australia. This time may consist of:
- Six years of accredited study, or;
- Five years of accredited study and one year of supervised practice, or;
Four years of accredited study and two years of supervised practice.
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), the Graduate Diploma of Psychology, or graduate-entry degrees in areas such as occupational therapy, rehabilitation counselling, community services, and other areas where an undergraduate degree in psychology/criminology is recognised for entry.
Bachelor of Psychology and Criminology graduates can build careers in areas where knowledge of psychology and well‑developed research and writing skills are valued, such as health and social welfare, social policy and research, market research, human services, disability and ageing, mental health services, immigration and refugee support services.
Careers in Psychology
ACAP’s Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology provides the first step on the path to training and registering as a psychologist in Australia. ACAP also provides academic pathways to registration as a professional psychologist through its Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology and Master of Psychology (Clinical) degrees.
A psychology degree is also valued by employers in the marketing, sales, advertising, justice and education sectors, for its emphasis on critical and creative thinking, understanding human behaviour, communication and analytical skills.
Careers in Criminology
The Criminology major extends career prospects to public administration and safety professions linked by the study of human behaviour to the courts, corrections, youth justice, Indigenous justice, criminal law and reform, and state and federal policing.
Entry-level jobs in Criminal Justice may include:
- Justice Case Worker
- Youth Justice Officer
- Probation and Parole Officer
- Intelligence Officer or Analyst
- Compliance Officer
- Community Corrections Officer
- Police Officer
- Child Safety Officer
- Community Support Officer
- Risk and Intelligence Analyst