Overview

Understand criminal behaviour so you can predict and eliminate it. Our Bachelor of Psychological Sciences/Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology prepares you for an always-interesting career – from tackling cybercrime to terrorism, to working in policy development, offender rehabilitation, law enforcement, and more. Plus, it’ll put you a step closer to becoming a professional psychologist.

There’s still time to start in Semester 1

Don’t wait another year to start your undergrad or TAFE study. Start your application now and be in class by the end of February.

Your industry experience

Bolster your CV with real industry experience while you study through our Work Integrated Learning programs – a guaranteed part of all our bachelor degrees. This double degree includes:

  • an industry-linked research project in Psychology Project (PSY30003)
  • a problems-based project briefed to you by an industry partner in Crime, Society and Culture (LAW30025)
Explore Work Integrated Learning

Skills you’ll learn

  • Communication
  • Criminal justice
  • Research skills
  • Cultural awareness

Your career opportunities

  • Social welfare consultant
  • Clinical worker
  • Medical researcher
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Victim support worker
  • Corrections officer

Key codes

CRICOS course code
0100753
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400211642
VTAC Code (CSP)
3400211641
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Why Swinburne?

Ranked Top 200 in Law

Times Higher Education World University Ranking by Subject 2023 

Ranked Top 150 in Law

ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

80.6% of UG graduates found employment within 4 months of completing their course

Qualifications

One of the following:

  • successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.
  • completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including Certificates IV (completed), Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees and Degrees)
  • applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.
  • applicants without a formal qualification may be considered for entry if they have significant and relevant work experience and/or upon completion of the STAT test.

ATAR Guaranteed Entry Score

60

You’ll be guaranteed a place in this course if you meet or exceed the ATAR Guaranteed Entry Score, provided you meet the course prerequisites.

If your ATAR is below the guaranteed entry score, you can still be offered a place as your ATAR may be adjusted based on subject bonuses, equity schemes or other factors. Use the above ATAR as a guide on your eligibility, and see the course handbook page for more information on entry requirements. 

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.
  • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including Certificates IV (completed), Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees and Degrees)
  • Applicants without a formal qualification may be considered for entry upon completion of the STAT test.

Course prerequisites

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent.
  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent
Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

How credit points work

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences/Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology requires students to complete units of study to the value of 400 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated.

28
Core Units
+
4
Elective units
=
Double degree

Your units

Units are listed in a proposed sequence. However this can be amended depending on unit availability, prerequisite requirements and the semester in which you commenced your course.

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Brain and Behaviour
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSY10007
Foundations of Statistics
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
STA10003
Introduction to Research Methods
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSY10005
Fundamentals of Psychology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSY10008
Developmental Psychology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSY20007
Analysis of Variance and Regression
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
STA20006
Cognition and Human Performance
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSY20006
Social Psychology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSY20016
Psychology Project
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSY30003
Psychology of Personality
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSY30008
Mental health diversity, diagnosis and treatment
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSY30016
History and Philosophy of Psychology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSY30013
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Fundamentals of Criminology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI10002
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
FOR10001
Introduction to Law
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10021
Law and Social Science
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10022
Criminal Law and Process
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10024
Brain and Behaviour
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSY10007
Policing: Systems and Practice
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI20001
Global Crime
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI20002
Sentencing
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20030
Crime and Punishment in the International Context
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20031
Technological Advances in Dealing with Crime
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20032
Deviance, Difference & Conformity
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
SOC20020
Corrections: Systems and Practice
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI30002
Youth Justice and Crime
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI30010
Advanced Topics in Forensic Psychology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
FOR30001
Crime, Society and Culture
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW30025
Want to see the full range of electives?

Learn about all the electives you can take in the course handbook.

Units of study Unit code
Option 1
Integrated Professional Placement A – Law
Academic unit, 25.0 credit points
LAW20021
Integrated Professional Placement B – Law
Academic unit, 25.0 credit points
LAW20022
Work Experience In Industry A
Practical unit, 25.0 credit points
WEI20001
Work Experience in Industry B
Practical unit, 25.0 credit points
WEI20002
or
Option 2
Work Experience In Industry A
Practical unit, 25.0 credit points
WEI20001
Integrated Professional Placement A - Psychological Sciences
Academic unit, 25.0 credit points
PSY20014
Work Experience in Industry B
Practical unit, 25.0 credit points
WEI20002
Integrated Professional Placement B - Psychological Sciences
Academic unit, 25.0 credit points
PSY20015

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$8,948

Total fee* ($AUD)

$35,792

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$40,140.00

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply to 2024 unit enrolments for HE Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and Undergraduate Full Fee Paying (FFP) only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to you if you are eligible and enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount. You can also choose to pay your fees up front. 

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for HECS-HELP

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for an undergraduate degree at Swinburne or a UniLink course, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen and doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Professional placement fees

Students who participate in a six- or 12-month professional placement will be subject to an increase in total course fees.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Course code
BB-PSYCJC
Apply directly
Course code
BB-PSYCJC
CRICOS code
0100753
Apply directly

Apply through VTAC

International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC. VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. 

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

VTAC Code (CSP)
3400211641
Apply through VTAC
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400211642
Apply through VTAC
Start dates
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Last date to apply
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Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
24-July-2024
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29-July-2024
Start dates
Location
Start dates
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
29-July-2024
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