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Interested in Psychology, Criminology and Social Services?

Join a university ranked in the top 10 in Australia for graduate skills in psychology1. Designed and delivered by world-class researchers, you’ll study course content that is relevant, industry-led, and informed by cutting-edge research that has been assessed as above world class2.

Your understanding of human behaviour and the systems in place to support people and communities is a valuable skill in a wide variety of industries including healthcare, criminal justice, rehabilitation, and social services. Make a real impact on the lives of others by understanding how society and culture influence behaviour, and how criminality is addressed. Learn how to help people overcome adversity, enhance their wellbeing, navigate challenging circumstances, and understand themselves and the world better.

1Ranked #7, ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities.
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

UniSA Online offers the following Psychology, Criminology and Social Services degrees

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Unique courses in your degree

Bachelor of Psychology

  • Accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation council, with further study your degree is a pathway to becoming a registered psychologist.*
  • Draw on advanced scientific methods and tools to understand the way humans feel, think, learn and act.
  • Develop analytical skills and a solid understanding of research techniques to conduct, dissect and interpret research and data.
Use your degree as a pathway to further study to become:
  • Registered psychologist
  • Work and organisational psychologist
Or move directly into employment as:
  • Market research analyst
  • Psychology research assistant
  • Case manager
  • Drug and alcohol counsellor
  • Aged care worker
  • Health Psychology
  • Work and Organisational Psychology
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Conservation Psychology
  • Connecting and Working with Nature
  • Aboriginal Australians and Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology

Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology

  • Develop a broad skillset in demand by employers in the growing area of human services. Choose to focus your studies on ageing and disability, and/or criminology.
  • Combine evidence-based knowledge of human behaviour with a broader understanding of social issues and policies.
  • Tackle practical problems that support individuals and communities to lead happier, healthier, and more independent lives.
  • Disability support coordinator
  • Aged care coordinator
  • Community development officer
  • Crime prevention officer
  • Drug/alcohol caseworker
  • Policy development officer or analyst
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Counselling Concepts
  • Working with Community
  • Australian Social Policy
  • Sociology of Gender and Intimacy
  • Politics and Citizenship in Australia
You may also choose to undertake a minor in Ageing and Disability or Criminology.

Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Explore the inner workings of the criminal justice system, how it responds to crime and promotes justice, and the causes of criminal behaviour.
  • Investigate contemporary issues such as cybercrime, police investigations and intelligence, victimology, offender rehabilitation, and youth justice.
  • Study the same principles, approaches and assessment techniques currently used in industry.
  • Tailor your degree to your interests with the opportunity to choose a minor in psychology, social policy, community health, ageing and disability, public health, and more.
  • Criminologist
  • Police officer
  • Strategic policy and planning manager
  • Intelligence and policy analyst
  • Correctional services officer
  • Policy adviser
  • Child protection officer
  • Globalised Crime
  • Policing Investigations and Intelligence
  • Corrections: Offender Rehabilitation and Desistance
  • Sociology of Crime and Deviance
  • The Psychology of Crime and Violence
  • Crime, Gender and Sexuality
  • Aboriginal Australians, Policing, and the Criminal Justice System
  • Victimology
  • Human Rights, Crime and Social Justice
  • Cybercrime and Digital Evidence

Graduate Certificate in Childhood Trauma

  • Complement your current work experience or past study with the skills and confidence to work therapeutically with children and families affected by trauma.
  • Gain specialised knowledge of child abuse and neglect, harmful behaviours, child development, and how to understand, assess and respond to childhood trauma.
  • Learn from experienced practitioners and researchers from the Australian Centre for Child Protection, focusing on neurodevelopment, attachment, trauma-informed care, case planning, and reflective practice.
  • Engage in regular community of practice sessions, enabling collaborative learning with peers and specialists.
Apply your knowledge to a range of sectors, including:
  • Child protection
  • Government and human services
  • Social and youth work
  • Education
  • Health
  • Assessing Childhood Trauma
  • Foundations of Childhood Trauma
  • Principles of Responding to Childhood Trauma
  • Therapeutic Responses to Childhood Trauma

*Your three-year Bachelor of Psychology degree is the first step towards becoming a professional psychologist.

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