Bachelor of Arts - Criminology and Psychology

RMIT University

This combination of an accredited psychology major with an applied criminology major gives students the knowledge and skills for a wide range of careers in the justice and human services sectors. Statistics indicate a strong correlation between crime and people with social welfare needs and mental health issues. This course equips students to become frontline justice workers with a strong understanding of psychological theories and practice. Students learn to provide support services to offenders, clients and victims within the criminal justice system, particularly those with complex needs and mental health issues. Students develop the emotional and intellectual resources required for a challenging, but rewarding career in the justice and human services fields including policing, corrections, youth justice, customs, child protection and welfare services.

Course Fee:

Australian: $74,880
International: $80,640

Entry Requirements:

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.


Year 1 - Study the foundations and principles of: Psychology, criminology, law, crime and information technology, cross-cultural communications. Year 2 - 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. Year 3 - 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.

Subjects you can Study:

Corrections, Crime prevention, Criminal justice administration, Criminology, Customs, Forensic investigation, Forensic psychology, Global justice, Information security, Justice, Law (court processes), Law (criminal), Law (evidence), Law enforcement, Legal studies, Police studies, Psychological testing and assessment, Psychology, Psychology (cognitive), Psychology (developmental), Psychology (personality), Psychology (social), Psychopathology, Youth justice.

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the following RMIT programs are eligible for exemptions (subject to certain criteria): Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Diploma of Community Services (Case Management), Advanced Diploma of Interpreting, Advanced Diploma of Translating, Diploma of Youth Work, Diploma of Financial Counselling.

Further information:

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include clinical psychology, educational psychology, organisational psychology, developmental psychology, forensic psychology, victim support officer, police officer, investigator, corrections officer, drug and alcohol support services worker, policy writer, customs and immigration officer, crime analyst, security analyst, indigenous services liaison.


This program is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and is a partial requirement for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Criminologist, Psychologist,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City No info No Part time 6 years
City No info No Full time 3 years

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

Students have instant access to a range of activities and programs designed to make the university experience unforgettable.

The support services and networks available at RMIT are designed to help students succeed and remain healthy and happy.

Student services include:

  • International student support and personal counselling
  • Career advice and resume building workshops
  • Job opportunities and industry networking events
  • Accommodation assistance 
  • Disability services
  • Financial advice
  • Small business and entrepreneurial start up support 
  • Health information 
  • Safety and security services
  • Legal advice
  • Child care
  • Student clubs and social, cultural and sporting activities
  • Spiritual support.

Admission and selection

Applying to RMIT? Local and international students can access all information on the RMIT website

Study options

At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

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The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

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