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. 

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

Year level


13 Core Psychology units


8 Criminology Stream units


3 Elective units

Year 1 / Level 100

PSYC1012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 1

CRIM1004 Theoretical Criminology

Elective 1*

Elective 2*

Elective 3*

PSYC1022 Introduction to Psychology: The Individual, Society and Culture

JALE1024 Criminal Justice

PSYC1032 Introduction to Psychology: Biology, Learning and Cognition

Year 2 / Level 200

PSYC2012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 2

CRIM2014 Applied Criminology

(Pre-Requisite: CRIM1004)

PSYC2022 Perception and Cognition

CRIM2034 Issues in Criminal Justice

(Pre-Requisite: JALE1024)

PSYC2032 Learning and Memory

CRIM2024 Transnational Crime



PSYC2042 Life Span Development

PSYC2052 Social Psychology

Year 3/ Level 300

PSYC3012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 3

CRIM3004 Victimology


PSYC3022 Psychopathology

JALE3904 Youth Justice 

PSYC3032 Psychological Measurement and Assessment

JALE3924 Mental Health and Criminal Justice


PSYC3042 Intercultural Diversity and Indigenous Psychology

PSYC3052 Professional Issues and Applications in Psychology

*Elective units

Choose from any 3 of the elective options below Pre-Requisites
BESC1041 Conflict Resolution  
BESC1081 Coaching Theory and Practice  
BESC1091 Social Systems  
BESC1101 Introduction to Contemporary Society  
BESC1901 Managing in Ambiguity and Change  
BESC1911 Human Resource Management  
COUN1001 Counselling Skills  
COUN1051 Counselling Theories 1  
SWSP1003 Introduction to Human Services  
SWSP1043 Government, Public Policy and Civil Society SWSP1003
SOSC1004 Cultural Diversity  
SOSC1014 Ethics  
SWSP2003 Critical Social Work Theories SWSP1003
SWSP2033 Social Work Theory and Practice (Individuals, Children & Families) SWSP1003
SOSC2004 Indigenous Peoples & Cultures  SOSC1004 
PSYC2062 Personality and Individual Differences PSYC2012
PSYC3062 Behavioural Neuroscience PSYC2012
PSYC3072 Psychology of Stress Trauma and Resilience PSYC2012