Bachelor of Science (Criminology and Psychology) - CL55
Gain specialist skills in the disciplines of psychology and criminology in this course which offers a unique blend of criminology, psychology, sociology, law and forensic science units. You’ll explore the causes and consequences of crime and justice issues and how we can combat crime in our communities including technology-enabled crime, and learn how to provide case management for a range of client types. A unique feature of this course is the option to complete a research project or work placement as part of a capstone unit.
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
English (Units 3 and 4, C)
Gain specialist skills in the disciplines of psychology and criminology with this unique course that also features an accredited psychology degree.
You will develop a broad knowledge of criminology and psychology and their application, including theoretical perspectives and an appreciation of the social and cultural contexts of criminological and psychological research and professional practice.
A unique feature of this course is the option to complete a research project or work placement as part of a capstone unit. Upon completion of the course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the methodologies and statistical techniques commonly used by researchers for information gathering and analysis, which you can apply when undertaking research activities.
If you complete the course with a GPA of 5.5 or above in your level 2 and level 3 Psychology units you may be eligible for a place in our Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) course, which will prepare you for conditional registration as psychologists in Australia, as well as for coursework and/or research higher degree studies in psychology
If you choose not to follow the route towards being a professional psychologist you will have the opportunity to graduate with a recognised qualification, which is universally acknowledged as an indication of competence and achievement in understanding human thought and behaviour, and which can be applied in a variety of people-oriented vocations.
|Core Units||24||Major Units||None|
Course structureYou are required to complete 20 compulsory and four elective units. You have a choice of completing the CRIM13003 Research Capstone or CRIM13004 Work placement. There are 13 psychology units and 11 criminology units providing a balanced perspective on both disciplines.
The course is designed to give a strong grounding in both the disciplines of criminology and psychology. Assessment is overseen through university governance processes, along with the discipline's pastoral responsibility. The course adheres to CQUniversity's academic standards and continual renewal and improvement framework.
Unit informationFor information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.
Credit transfer informationIf you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
Real-world experienceWithin each of our criminology course options, you will study a capstone unit that allows you to apply the skills and knowledge gained throughout your studies to a workplace environment. The workplace environment may be a regulatory agency, criminal justice agency, government or other organisation involved in the prevention or regulation of criminal activity.
Throughout your criminology studies with CQUniversity, you will learn from lecturers who have extensive experience in the field of criminology and be supported by a dedicated criminology coach, who will provide you with advice, support, guidance and mentorship throughout your studies.
Broad career opportunitiesA criminology course at CQUniversity opens the door to a wide variety of challenging career options in criminal justice, police, customs, correction services and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. As a criminologist, you will provide objective research and advice at all levels of policymaking from an evaluation of extensive government crime control initiatives through to proposals for local community anti-violence programs. Criminologists increasingly work in fields of security, risk assessment and compliance in public and private sectors. The Bachelor of Science (Criminology and Psychology) also provides you with a pathway to further study in psychology.
Your online experienceDelivered online this course gives you the flexibility to balance work, family and other commitments while you study. As an online student, you will benefit from a personalised student experience, and the latest in learning technology keeping you connected and supported throughout your studies. You’ll interact with peers and lecturers through video conferencing and a personalised and user-friendly student learning platform.
|Term 1 - 2024||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2023||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2024||Available Online|
|Term 3 - 2024||Available Online|
|Criminology Work Placement Capstone||CRIM13004||This capstone unit enables students to apply the theories, content knowledge and skills they have learned to a workplace environment. Student work should involve finding solutions to a problem in a regulatory agency, criminal justice agency, government or other organisation involved in the prevention or regulation of criminal activity. On successful completion of this unit students will be able to: 1. Apply skills and knowledge developed in the course to criminology practice in in a regulatory agency, criminal justice agency, government or other organisation involved in the prevention or regulation of criminal activity. 2. Evaluate and report work placement experiences and assess personal and professional growth, strengths and weaknesses in: (a) intellectual development (integration, problem identification, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making), (b) social development (social skills, initiative and independence), and (c) professional development (technical skills, time management and verbal and written communication). 3. Reflect upon and describe the careers, roles, relationships, responsibilities and activities of people engaged in the practice of criminology in the workplace. 4. Reflect upon, evaluate and report enhanced knowledge of criminology gained as a result of participation in work placement and the nature of the environment that supported such learning.|
A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.
The rank threshold for this course is: SR 62 | ATAR 62.0
Student profileIf you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1 2022.
Institute profileTo find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1 2022 view our Institute Profile.
English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent
English Language Proficiency Requirements
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
- A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
- An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
- Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0
Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:
- An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
- An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
Each student will be assessed individually.
The Bachelor of Science (Criminology and Psychology) prepares graduates for a career in criminal justice, police, customs, correction services and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies.
The degree is also relevant to a broad array of government departments such as prisons, probation and parole, court clerk, investigator, defence as well as public and private security and investigation.
You may wish to undertake further study to qualify as a psychologist. The psychology aspects of the degree are also useful for careers which require a sound understanding of human behaviour such as:
- Human resource management
- Business management
- School guidance counselling
- Scientific research
- Public health
- Special education
You may be eligible for Student membership or Affiliate membership of the Australian Psychological Society.
Indicative first-year fee
The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.
Commonwealth support and government assistance loans
Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.
Other study costs
Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.
At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more.
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|New South Wales||ONL: 160192|
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|Western Australia||ONL: 150192|
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What’s the best way to apply?
- Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
- Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
- Option 3: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.
Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centreView the table below for the best application option based on where you live.
|If you live in||Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*|
|Queensland||Apply via QTAC|
|New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory||Apply via UAC|
|All other states||Apply via ApplyCQUNI|
*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.
Option 2: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUniBenefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.
|If you are studying with:||Study Support|
|Murray River Study Hub||Access to local study facilities.|
Option 3: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:
- CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
- A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.