Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Psychological Studies

Victoria University (VU)

This professional degree combines the strengths of undertaking studies in criminal justice with an accredited psychology major. Students will gain a strong theoretical, research, and applied understanding of human behaviour and the interplay between psychological and social contributors to crime. Completion of this course will also facilitate understanding of the legal, political and community responses to social dislocation and disorder. This course incorporates criminal justice and psychology units with selected sociology and law units. The criminal justice units provides an overview of criminal justice systems, ethics and crime investigation. Students also gain an understanding of law and governance from a legal and sociological perspective. Completion of selected sociology units and the psychology major will foster students' critical analysis of contextual and individual factors underpinning human behaviour and development. The capstone units provide students with the opportunity to consolidate and apply the knowledge gained in the criminal justice and psychology majors. Graduates of this course will be equipped with analytical and problem solving skills that will allow them to undertake a range of roles in criminal justice, government, police and correctional services, health care and welfare systems.

Course Fee:

International: $65,400

Entry Requirements:

Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English


288 credit points including 264 credit points of core studies and 24 credit points of Psychology elective units.

Subjects you can Study:

Psychology, Sociology, Law and governance

Study Pathways:

VET applicants will be considered and pathways are available from a range of VET courses.


Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Limited, Community Correctional Services

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Footscray Park No info Yes Full time 3 years
Footscray Park No info Yes Part time 6 years
Victoria University is the only university in Australia to use the block teaching model, which has been in operation throughout Sweden and parts of North America for more than four decades.

First-year and second-year students at Victoria University complete one subject every four weeks, are assessed, and then proceed to the next four-week unit. Immersion in each subject allows students to master it, rather than juggling four units at once. From 2020, all students will be taught in this way.

Victoria University is one of only six Australian universities to combine higher education and vocational and further education with its Victoria University Polytechnic, which is based on multiple university campuses. The Polytechnic creates pathways direct to the workforce or to university degrees.

VU College offers English language courses, pathway diplomas and courses for international students at its Melbourne and Sydney campuses as well as offshore with international education partners.

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