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OP 8

Rank 84

  • This double degree integrates two highly sought after areas.
  • Explore topics including: crimes of violence, environmental criminology, Indigenous justice, official corruption, transnational crime and forensic psychology.
  • Learn how to understand human behaviours, and apply your skills in challenging situations where knowledge of the human response is essential.
  • Combine justice, criminology, policing, policy, governance and psychology in one package. Major in either policy and governance or criminology and policing.
  • Take the first step towards a career as a registered psychologist.
QTAC course code409752
QUT course code IX76
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2014 February
Deferment You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Gardens Point
Faculty
  • Faculty of Health
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact Student Business Services (SBS) Admissions:
CRICOS code076302B
Careers
  • Criminologist

Details

Why choose this course?

This double degree integrates two highly sought-after areas. You will learn how to understand human behaviours, and apply your skills in challenging situations. You can combine justice, criminology, policing, policy, governance and psychology in one package, and explore topics including crimes of violence, environmental criminology, Indigenous justice, official corruption, transnational crime and forensic psychology. In the justice component, you can choose a major in either policy and governance or criminology and policing. In the psychology degree, you can take the first step towards a career as a registered psychologist. The two degrees have many cross-relevant study areas such as addictive behaviours and traffic psychology.

The course provides a broad foundation in the science of psychology and its application. You’ll develop:

  • an ability to understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organisational issues
  • high-level communication and social research skills that are valuable in a wide range of professions.

You’ll prepare for the workplace by exploring the most recent theory and practice of social justice, and developing relevant problem-solving, analytical and applied computer skills.

You’ll complete core studies in:

  • social, developmental, biological, cognitive, and abnormal psychology
  • research methods
  • psychological assessment.

You can also choose electives from specialist areas in:

  • alcohol and drugs
  • family therapy and counselling
  • psychology and gender
  • traffic psychology.

Final-year students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a volunteer community placement.

Career outcomes

This double degree integrates two highly sought after areas. By combining justice, criminology and policing, policy and governance, and psychology in one package and exploring topics including crimes of violence, environmental criminology, Indigenous justice, official corruption, transnational crime and forensic psychology, you will have the unique ability to apply psychological principles to the field of justice.

With an understanding of the most recent theory and practice of social justice, and skills in social, developmental, cognitive and abnormal psychology, you will have a pathway to careers in:

  • policy development for government and non-government organisations
  • state and federal law enforcement
  • intelligence
  • correctional services
  • rehabilitation services
  • family services.
  • private security
  • defence services and customs
  • criminology
  • advocacy (including women’s, youth and children’s advocacy)
  • human rights and anti-discrimination.

The Bachelor of Justice is highly regarded by the Australian Federal Police, Queensland Police Service and all law enforcement agencies. Many of our justice graduates gain employment in these services.

The Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) also provides the first step towards a career as a registered psychologist and an excellent foundation for careers in a wide range of related areas.

Our psychology graduates have analytical, research and interpersonal skills that equip them for many professional areas, including:

  • education
  • human resources
  • market research
  • organisational development
  • policing
  • health
  • human services and counselling.

To pursue a career as a registered psychologist, you must complete further study (see professional recognitiion).

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) component of the program includes a three-year undergraduate psychology sequence completed across four years of study. This study is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). To become a psychologist, you must complete further study to gain registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

When you complete this double degree, you can apply for a fourth year program in psychology (e.g. Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours Psychology) or Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology) to gain provisional registration as a psychologist. You must then complete  at least two years of further study, which may comprise the completion of an appropriate APAC-accredited Masters degree and/or supervised work experience.

At any point during your study, you can become a student member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Units

Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Justice

First year comprises foundation units to give you a solid overview of each area. You will study introductory psychology, criminology, policing, interpersonal processes and skills, justice and society, and research methods. You will also develop an understanding of the criminal justice system, and learn about forensic psychology and how it relates to law.

By second year you will begin to pick study areas related to your justice major. You will expand your knowledge in social and organisational psychology, research analysis, social ethics, developmental psychology and counselling.

Third year allows you to tailor your degree to your interests. Of the eight units studied in third year, you can choose six of them from an extensive electives list. Choose from areas such as human sexuality, alcohol and drug studies, forensic psychology, psychology and gender, road safety, industrial and organisational psychology, health psychology and family therapy.

In fourth year combine four compulsory units with the other four units of your choice. Compulsory units include physiological psychology, psychopathology, Indigenous justice, and statistical analysis. You choose three justice electives and one psychology elective to complete your studies.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry cut-offs

OP 8

Rank 84

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Recommended study: Maths A, B or C

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Did you get an OP 1-5?

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Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2014: CSP $3,300 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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Scholarships and financial support

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How to apply for Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Justice

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  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

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