Criminal psychology courses

Discover why people plan, commit and think about crime

Help me choose a course

Introduction to Criminal psychology

A criminal psychology degree will teach you to understand why people make antisocial choices. You’ll learn how to apply key psychological principles to the actions of criminals, while analysing the why, what, how and when behind their decisions.

While criminal psychology is centred on offenders and how they think, you’ll also explore the consequences of criminal behaviour. Expect to cover theory and key principles associated with criminology, justice studies and related law, ensuring you graduate with a well-rounded and multidisciplinary understanding of human behaviour, crime and criminal profiling.
Carmen studied a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice with Griffith University, through Open Universities Australia

Discover criminal psychology courses

Online criminal psychology degrees

Edith Cowan University

Prepare for a fascinating career in the criminal justice system

Learn how to use psychology to understand criminal behaviour. Explore the theories of criminology and get to know the major institutions of criminal justice in Australia. Graduate ready for meaningful roles in justice, police, and human services.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

Griffith University

Become a recognised forensic mental health specialist

Gain a broad knowledge of forensic mental health and its overlap with the criminal justice system and mental health services. For psychologists, social workers, nurses and psychiatrists to be able to practice at an advanced level.

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

Curtin University

For justice and health professionals interested in psychology

See how psychology interacts with the legal and criminal justice system. Explore the connections between crime and mental health. Deepen your understanding of victims and offenders. Apply your knowledge of human behaviour to real world settings.

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

University of South Australia

Choose a career with a human touch

Explore the ways people act, think, react and relate to others. Examine cause and affects in behaviour and reveal human health consequences. Examine social policy and counsel communities. Choose to specialise in criminal justice or ageing and disability.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

Online criminal psychology subjects and short courses

Curtin University


Understanding Victims and Offenders

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 27 Nov 2023

University of South Australia

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Curtin University


Psychology and Policing

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Discover 23 ways to study criminal psychology with leading Australian universities.

Explore criminal psychology courses

Need help choosing the right course?

Our student advisors are here to guide you with expert advice on:

  • Enrolling and planning your studies
  • Finding a study option that suits your needs
  • Understanding your funding options

When would you like to chat?

Let me pick a time

Find a time that suits you for a free 1:1 consultation with a student advisor.

Call me anytime

A student advisor will call you, usually within 30 minutes during business hours.

Looking for other ways to start the conversation? Contact us

Student reviews

We support thousands of students on their study journey every year

Our advisors are here to help with your study goals from enrolment to completion 7 days a week.

Criminal psychology study FAQs

How to study criminal psychology

We recommend potential students begin their studies with a Bachelor Degree, unless they have existing experience in a similar or related field. Find out more about claiming credit for past experience here.

Once you've established a firm foundation in criminal psychology, you'll need to go on to complete a Masters Degree or doctorate, depending on your chosen pathway.Generally, you can expect to spend seven-to-ten years studying criminal psychology before reaching a one-to-two-year supervised training period.

At this point, you’ll be qualified to receive your certification from the Psychology Board of Australia.

Should you study criminal psychology?

While critical thinking and incisive analysis are silent requirements for jobs in criminal psychology, successful criminal psychology course graduates often decide to focus on helping law enforcement, courts and legal teams understand why people commit crimes.

Interested in exploring crime from the victim’s point of view? Specialise in victimology and learn about the psychological impacts of crime.

Study criminal psychology Australia wide

When you study online through Open Universities Australia, you can access top universities from across the country.

Not only will we help you find and enrol in the right criminal psychology course, but we’ll also give you the power to control your whole study timetable, so you can step forward in your career without losing out on life.

Student stories and study advice

What area of law should I practice?

Law is a fascinating field to study—and provides many different areas in which you can specialise. Have you considered these areas of practice? 

What is a Juris Doctor?

Thinking about switching into the legal field? If you already have a qualification, then you should consider studying a Juris Doctor. Here’s everything you need to know about this graduate-level course.

Billie's commerce degree helps her promote reconciliation

Thanks to her major in business law, Billie has the skills she needs to push for diversity in the workplace.

3 avenues in human rights, as explored by students

Does a career spent working for the rights of those around you set your heart ablaze? You might be cut out for a course in human rights. Shiree, Debbie and Alice studied related fields.  

We’re here to guide you to the right uni course

A student leaping from one side of a platform to another, with a blue sky in the background.

Open Universities Australia is a not-for-profit organisation helping every Australian to access thousands of university courses.

Over 500,000 students have enrolled in university through us since 1993.

How we can help you

Studying through Open Universities Australia means we take care of the guesswork and administration of university study, so you can focus on learning.

You don't need a strong academic history to go to uni

We make it possible for everyone to start university through single subjects, regardless of ATAR or study experience. These subjects are covered by government loans, and can be used to upskill or gain entry into a qualification.

You have the flexibility to start at multiple points during the year

We’re not restricted by a traditional academic calendar, so you can enrol when it suits your life. You also have total control over how you study. You can scale up (or down) your study load and even pause your course if you need to.

You can rely on us as an unbiased destination for online tertiary education

As a not for profit, we have your best interests at heart. Our advisors are here 7 days a week to guide and support you. It’s our priority to get you qualified with the university of your choice.

Enrol in courses from 27 of Australia's leading universities

University of New South Wales logoAustralian National University logo
James Cook University Australia logoMurdoch University logo
Curtin University logoThe University of Notre Dame Australia logo
Swinburne University logoUniversity of New England logo
Griffith University logoEdith Cowan University logo
Torrens University Australia logoUniversity of Tasmania logo
University of South Australia logoUniversity of the Sunshine Coast logo
University of Adelaide logoAustralian Catholic University logo
The University of Queensland logoUniversity of Southern Queensland logo
Flinders University logoSouthern Cross University logo
Bond University logoLa Trobe University logo
Victoria University logoMacquarie University logo
RMIT University logoThe University of Newcastle logo
Charles Sturt University logo