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/about/schools-colleges/global-urban-and-social-studies
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.

The delivery of this program is blended comprising of face-to-face learning supplemented by online learning.

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Articulation and pathways

Graduates of the following RMIT programs may be eligible for credit in this program:

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.

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 Global Studies, subject to each program's entry requirements.

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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 equivalency web page on the RMIT website.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirement

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.

NDIS Worker Screening Check
You may be required to apply for, and receive an acceptable NDIS Worker Screening Check prior to undertaking professional placement with an NDIS provider as part of this program.

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External accreditation and industry links

The psychology sequence of study included in this degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).  Visit APAC.

Successful completion of an APAC-accredited undergraduate psychology specialisation is a partial requirement for registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

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.

The program is regularly monitored through an Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) which consists of high profile industry experts and representatives. Ongoing consultation with IAC ensures that the program remains up to date with the most relevant industry standards and practices. 

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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

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.    
Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.  

Contact Ask the Library for information on Library resources and services: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.  Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills. 

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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