Bachelor of Criminology and PsychologyProgram details
This combination of an accredited psychology major with an applied criminology major prepares you for a variety of roles where dealing with people is paramount.
Ever wondered why people engage in offending behaviour? Statistics indicate a strong correlation between crime and people with social welfare needs and mental health illness.
In this degree, you will develop an understanding of the psychology of crime, be able to conduct forensic interviews and provide case management for offenders, victims and clients with complex needs.
You’ll learn key communication, risk assessment, behavioural analysis and research skills and gain a strong understanding of psychological theories and practice.
On completion of the degree you will have developed the emotional and intellectual resources required for a challenging but rewarding career in the justice and human services fields.
Building block to psychology
This program can be used a first step to becoming a psychologist. To become a psychologist, you need to complete further study at honours and master levels.
How you will learn
Specialisations and electives
Professional Internship elective
Employers want graduates who can readily fit into and work well in an organisation. This means they want graduates who are able to plan and organise their work, solve problems, work in teams, use technology effectively and understand how to be effective in the workplace.
These are skills that are developed through the Professional Internship elective, which gives you the opportunity to apply your skills to a work setting in a relevant justice organisation.
Past students have completed placements with:
welfare and victim support services
youth justice services
Magistrate's, Children’s and Supreme Courts.
Completing a professional internship will help you learn by observing and participating in team environments, and train you to make informed decisions about employment at the end of your studies.
You may complete your internship by
placement within a relevant justice organisation for a minimum period of 20 days; OR
completing a 20 day internship with the Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative at RMIT (successful applicants for the Initiative only).
Your internship can be completed within Australia or in another country in an organisation or agency that is aligned with your study interests and career aspirations. In this multidisciplinary degree, you'll complete 12 psychology courses and 8 criminology courses. A further 4 elective courses are available across the 3 years of the degree.
Elective specialisations include
customs and border security
Study the foundations and principles of:
crime and information technology
Explore biological, developmental, cognitive and social psychology. Contemporary criminology studies will include case management in order to develop skills in dealing with clients, in interviewing and for managing people in various contexts.
Cover advanced concepts such as psychological assessment and psychopathology. Forensic psychology and criminal behaviour analysis are capstone courses, bringing together your learning across the 3 years.
(BP295) Melbourne City campus, Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years
(BP295) Melbourne City campus, Full-time 3 years, CRICOS 077658K
(BP295P16) Melbourne City campus, Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years
(BP295P16) Melbourne City campus, Full-time 3 years, CRICOS 077658K
Gain dual qualifications in criminology studies and psychology.
Your communication, risk assessment, forensic interviewing, behavioural analysis and research skills will position you to find work in a variety of roles where dealing with people is paramount.