The Criminology and Psychological Studies program at Western Sydney University combines studies in psychology and criminology. It introduces the social sciences and develops criminology as a discipline, including an Australian focus. You will also study the science of psychology which is applied to understanding human behaviour generally and criminal behaviour.

About

The Criminology and Psychological Studies program at Western Sydney University combines studies in psychology and criminology. It introduces the social sciences and develops criminology as a discipline, including an Australian focus on:

  • forms and patterns of victimisation
  • crime prevention strategies
  • offending
  • prisons and different forms of punishment
  • violence
  • gender and crime
  • cultural perceptions of crime and contemporary debates in criminology.

The science of psychology is applied to understanding human behaviour generally and criminal behaviour, including:

  • topics of moral development
  • cultural norms and traditions
  • the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context
  • prejudice
  • racism and inter-group conflict
  • anger and aggression
  • mental illness
  • drug and alcohol abuse

Your career

This degree provides graduates with the flexibility, combination of knowledge and skills needed for a wide range of careers in:

  • Crime analysis and policy
  • Crime prevention
  • Corrections and probation
  • Forensics
  • Psychology and counselling

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Psychology: Human Behaviour (online)
  • The Individual in Society
  • Understanding Society
  • Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Gender, Crime and Violence
  • Perspectives in Criminology
  • Advanced Research Methods (online)
  • Developmental Psychology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    82

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • All international students must have a good command of written and spoken English.
  • If English is not your first language or was not the medium of instruction in your secondary or tertiary studies, you are required to demonstrate your proficiency in the English language by achieving a prescribed level in an approved English examination or test before you can receive a full offer of a place.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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