Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) / Criminology and Justice

University Of The Sunshine Coast

Program Overview

Interested in the psychology of crime? This double degree provides an in-depth understanding of the motivations and consequences of criminal behaviour, as well as crime-related applications of psychology. Examine professional practices of psychology and develop an understanding of the science of psychological research.

In this program you will:

  • Learn about human behaviour, including cognitive, social, perceptual, physiological, intercultural, and abnormal psychologies

  • Understand legal institutions and processes, and examine fair and effective methods of crime prevention

  • Learn to research crime-related issues and develop problem solving skills

  • Choose from specialist courses in criminal profiling and intelligence, youth justice and restorative justice, homicide and forensic science, and more


Sunshine CoastAustralia

  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 25,400



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Psychology courses

Introductory courses (3) 36 units

  • PSY100 Introduction to Psychology A

  • PSY101 Introduction to Psychology B

  • PSY102 Current Directions in Psychology


Developing and Graduate courses (14) 168 units

  • PSY200 Research Methods in Psychology A

  • PSY201 Research Methods in Psychology B

  • PSY202 Physiological Psychology

  • PSY203 Introduction to Human Development

  • PSY204 Social Psychology

  • PSY205 Motivation and Emotion

  • PSY300 Advanced Methods in Psychology

  • PSY301 Cognitive and Perceptual Psychology

  • PSY302 Intercultural and Indigenous Psychologies

  • PSY303 Personality and Assessment

  • PSY304 Human Associative Learning

  • PSY305 Abnormal Psychology

  • PSY306 Psychology of Health and Wellbeing

  • PSY307 Adult Development and Ageing


Criminology courses

Introductory courses (6) 72 units

  • CRM101 Introduction to Criminology

  • CRM102 Understanding Crime

  • CRM103 Punishment and Corrections

  • CRM105 Policing

  • JST101 Justice and the Australian Legal System

  • SCS110 Australian Society: How does(n't) it work? - An Introduction to Sociology


Developing and Graduate courses (5) 60 units

  • CRM204 Applied Crime Prevention

  • CRM205 Criminal Law

  • CRM206 Professional Development

  • CRM304 Professional Ethics and Integrity Management

  • CRM308 Diversity, Crime and Justice


Elective courses (4) 48 units

Select 4 discipline elective courses (48 units)

  • CRM201 Criminal Profiling & Intelligence

  • JST202 International Justice and Human Rights

  • CRM203 Homicide, Investigations & Forensic Science

  • CRM302 Youth Justice & Restorative Justice

  • CRM305 Professional Placement

  • CRM307 Crime Research Methods

  • CRM309 Working with Victims and Offenders

  • CRM310 Introduction to Cyber Crime

For entry into most USC undergraduate degree programs, you need to have completed a minimum level of education similar to successful completion of Australian Year 12 with good grades.

Further studies, for example, a semester or more at college or university, can also be considered for entry and may give you credit transfer towards a degree.


English Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)    Overall score of 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each subtest

TOEFL iBT               Overall score of 76 with minimum score of 21 for writing

Annual tuition fee ($AUD)


  • Child safety officer

  • Community corrections officer

  • Crime victim support services

  • Criminal justice advocate

  • Criminal justice policy officer

  • Criminologist/crime researcher

  • Custodial corrections officer

  • Customs and border protection officer

  • Disability support officer

  • Human resource manager

  • Intelligence

  • Law enforcement

  • Probation and parole officer

  • Security/intelligence analyst

  • Youth support officer

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