Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Studies

VU course code: LBCP | CRICOS: 102921K | Level of study: Undergraduate
4 years full time or longer for part time
In person
City Campus, Footscray Park
29 July 2024
21 July 2024
Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Studies


Study the motivations that underpin criminal acts, and gain the knowledge needed to make a difference in the community, with the Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Studies at Victoria University.

This four-year double degree combines the core units of the Bachelor of Criminology and the Bachelor of Psychology.

Drawing on key themes in criminology and psychology, you'll gain the expertise needed to understand and solve real problems in the community.

You'll study important subject areas, such as:

  • policing and offending
  • criminal justice system
  • human rights
  • corporate crime
  • history of criminal law and trials
  • victims, justice and the law
  • history, theories and practice of psychology
  • clinical aspects of psychology.

Through completion of the psychology major, you'll gain a strong understanding of human behaviour and emotions to complement your knowledge of criminal behaviour and motivations.

As part of this course, you'll get practical experience in a fieldwork placement unit, where you will consolidate and apply the knowledge and skills gained in your studies.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

No minimum ATAR required

This course does not have a minimum ATAR requirement for entry. Read the entry criteria for this course below.

Why ATAR is not applicable

You do not need an ATAR score to apply for this course. Instead, you need to have successfully completed secondary school and to meet any requirements outlined below. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their ATAR, age, education or socioeconomic background.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To attain a Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Studies students will be required to complete 384 credit points in total, consisting of:

  • 384 credit points Core studies including 24 credit points of psychology electives


Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the government, reducing it to the amount listed here. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will qualify for a CSP place. If your course is not Commonwealth supported, or you don't qualify, you'll pay full fees.

Learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places




On graduation, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to undertake a variety of roles in a range of employment settings.

You could pursue a career in one of the following areas, using multi-disciplinary approaches to client services:

  • health and community services (for example, child protection)
  • the criminal justice system and security roles (eg legal aid centres) 
  • the police force (State and Federal)
  • correctional services
  • border security services
  • policy development
  • social, health and market research
  • human resources and related service.

Once you have successfully completed this course, you may be eligible to apply for further study; for example, honours in psychology. After completing an accredited fourth year psychology degree, you may pursue postgraduate studies in psychology which is part of the requirement to become a registered psychologist.

VU Stories

Anna-Lena Reiber
Combining psychology, justice & community welfare
Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Psychological Studies
"VU offered me plenty of opportunities to gather real-life experience through placements, seminars and interaction with lecturers who were actively working in the industry."
Anna-Lena's story