Criminal psychology courses

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Introduction to Criminal psychology

Criminal psychology is the study of understanding what makes people act in antisocial ways. Studying criminal psychology online will give you the skills and knowledge to apply key psychological principles to criminals and their actions.

As well as giving insight into offenders and how they think, criminal psychology courses explore the impacts of criminal behaviour. You’ll get to learn about the theory and key principles of criminology, criminal justice studies and related law, and the sociological impacts on victims, offenders and their communities.

Explore online criminal psychology courses offered by leading universities to see the range of options available to you, whether you want to extend your existing knowledge by taking individual subjects, or work towards a full qualification. Our helpful team of student advisors can offer their advice on course entry requirements, flexible study arrangements and more.

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Curtin University


Understanding Victims and Offenders

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 27 May 2024, 25 Nov 2024

Enrolments open until 30 May

Curtin University


Psychology and Policing

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Aug 2024

University of South Australia

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 16 Sep 2024

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Edith Cowan University

Prepare for a fascinating career in the criminal justice system

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

University of South Australia

Choose a career with a human touch

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

Griffith University

Become a recognised forensic mental health specialist

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

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Delve into criminology with Griffith University

If you can't tear your eyes away from true crime shows, channel your passion for criminology into a degree, and make it your career.

Carmen’s Story – From a low ATAR to high-flyer in law enforcement

Like many high-schoolers, Carmen felt the pressure, but didn't perform like she'd expected. Her success today is because she refused to let a number define her.

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