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Psychology & Criminology

Psychology is about all of us. Our lived experiences, our feelings, thoughts, behaviours, understandings, interactions and decisions. And sometimes this can lead to criminal behaviour. Understanding the causes of crime and working with law-breakers can help criminologists and other justice system professionals prevent people from re-offending.

Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    ECU top in WA for teaching quality

    In 2020, ECU was ranked the top university in Western Australia in the Psychology discipline for undergraduate teaching quality.

    QILT is an annual independent Australian government survey.

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

    Read more about the Good Universities Guide.

  • QILT logo

    ECU top in teaching quality

    For the fifth year in a row, ECU has received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all 37 public universities in Australia.

    ECU was also the top-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

    View QILT results.

  • THE Impact Rankings 2020

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the top 50 for Gender Equality (24th), Good Health and Wellbeing (24th) and Quality Education (41st) in the 2021 Times Higher Education Impact rankings, showing how universities are working towards the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

    Read more about the THE Impact Rankings

  • THE World University Rankings 2020 Top 100 Young

    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.


Study world ready

Our psychology courses are fully accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and are recognised internationally. When you graduate, you'll have a pathway to Honours and postgraduate studies, leading to registration as a psychologist.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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Experience Psychology & Criminology at ECU.

World Ready facilities

ECU Psychological Services Centre - Waiting room.
ECU Psychological Services Centre

ECU postgrad psychology students gain real world experience at the ECU Psychological Services Centre which provides affordable services to the community.

Scholarship opportunities to reduce your expenses

Scholarships recognise those whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as students who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

Realise your dream with our scholarships

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  • Dr Nikki Rajakaruna's research focuses on policing and she has managed projects on police use of force, issues related to police integrity and the use of intelligence in policing.

  • Dr Shane Rogers investigates the unique pattern of how our eyes move during conversation.

  • Criminology is the study of crime and deviant behaviour – from how laws are made through to how police, courts and corrections deal with people who break them.

Student stories

  • Criminology and Justice student Georgia Williams

    Georgia Williams

    ECU Psychology, Criminology and Justice graduate

    "Being able to work on The Innocence Project drew me to ECU"

    ECU's Psychology and Criminology course offered units no other universities offered, including The Innocence Project. This hands-on project allows us to investigate real cases of alleged wrongful conviction. It has been extremely beneficial to work on this in teams, and use practical skills.

    The facilities are excellent and being able to study online is very helpful and convenient. This allowed me to continue my course when I moved interstate temporarily.

    The lecturers I had were fantastic; all friendly, approachable and experts in their fields. The entire study experience at ECU has been rewarding, enjoyable and has helped me grow as a person.

  • Declan Brooks-Crew

    Criminology & Justice student

    "Studying Criminology & Justice at ECU can prepare you for a wide range of occupations"

    This course takes learnings from fields like Psychology, Social Science and Forensics and applies them to the world of crime. ECU Criminology & Justice student Declan Brooks-Crew tells us more.

  • Chelsea Thompson

    Chelsea Thompson

    ECU Psychology graduate

    "I wanted to be part of the fight to change the stigma surrounding mental health"

    I chose to study Psychology because I’ve always had a passion for helping people. Since graduating, I gained employment as a Behavioural Therapist at Intervention Services for Autism and Developmental Delay, assisting young children on the autism spectrum improve their communication, social and independent living skills.