BP295 - Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology

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Plan: BP295P16 - Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology
Award abbreviation: BCrim&Psych
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full time, 6 years part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
ASCED code: 099903
CRICOS code: 077658K

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology has been designed as a first degree for people seeking a qualification which integrates the disciplines of Criminology and Psychology into a single cohesive degree.

This interdisciplinary approach will provide you with opportunities to develop theoretical understanding, content knowledge and practical skills that go beyond the scope of more conventional psychology or criminal justice courses. This degree prepares you to become a practitioner who has a strong understanding of psychological theories, paradigms and practices which will greatly assist you in dealing with complex and high needs of clients in the justice and human services sectors. Graduates of the program will be equipped to enter a career in fields including policing, corrections, child protection, youth justice, victim advocacy and welfare services.

For those wishing to pursue postgraduate education, the degree also provides a sound academic foundation for specialist studies in clinical, educational, organisational, developmental or forensic psychology, as well as postgraduate studies in criminology, criminal justice and legal studies.

Program design emphasises fieldwork, collaborative work, and applied research and development. Program design also ensures you will develop the skills and knowledge required to prepare you for professional practice.

Course design ensures you will work independently and collaboratively, including in cross disciplinary teams as you develop the professional knowledge and skills required to work effectively with a range of stakeholders.  You will apply your knowledge of relevant theory and practices working within an enhanced ethical framework.

A capstone experience is provided through the SOCU2253 Criminal Behaviour Analysis course through which you will integrate and synthesise your knowledge across both criminology and psychology, connect theory to practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.

Successful completion of this program provides a pathway into honours and postgraduate study in either psychology or criminology. Upon successful completion of this program you may also be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University.

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Articulation and pathways

Graduates of the following RMIT programs may be eligible for credit in the Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology:

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs including the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours), Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Bachelor of Justice and Criminology (Honours), Master of Justice and Criminology, Juris Doctor, Master of Public Policy and Master of International Development, subject to each program's entry requirements.

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

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Entrance requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page


Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

Selection tasks

All applicants not currently studying year 12 (or equivalent) must complete and submit a personal statement including their reasons for wanting to study the course and details of any work experience

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page

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External accreditation and industry links

The psychology major within the Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Upon completion of an additional fourth year (Honours or equivalent), you will have met the basic academic requirement to qualify as a probationary psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). To become a fully registered psychologist you must complete an additional two years of training, generally in the form of a Master of Psychology.

Registered psychologists are eligible for full membership to the Australian Psychological Society (APS) which is a professional association representing the interests of psychologists nationally.

For further information on registration please refer to the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) website: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/

The program has been developed in consultation with criminal justice and related professions to ensure its relevance in providing graduates who are more capable of more effectively dealing with clients who may be suffering mental health and other issues.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT studies www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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