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Are you interested in the psychology of crime? Do you want to learn more about what makes people behave in the ways they do? Take the next step in your career with our online criminal psychology courses.

Learn from experts in the field and develop your skill set in this fascinating and growing profession.

Explore our course breakdown below or enrol now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enrol on our criminal psychology courses, you will complete the following units of study:

    1Criminal Psychology – An Introduction
    • Definition of crime and three views of crime
    • The breadth of criminal psychology
    • Functions of a criminal psychologist
    • Understanding court procedures and the correctional system
    2Comprehending Crimes through Psychology
    • Crime and the human body
    • Influences of family and environment
    • Nature vs. nurture
    • Rational action theory
    3Crime and Mental Disability
    • Intelligence testing
    • Offenders and learning disabilities
    • Psychopathology
    • Treatment for mental disorders
    4Aggression and Severe Crimes
    • Characteristics and types of aggressive behaviour
    • Society’s role in human aggression
    • Other factors behind aggression (depression, substance abuse, etc)
    • Theories used in criminal psychology (motivational, Freudian, etc)
    5Age and Gender Studies in Relation to Crime
    • Crime statistics and case studies
    • Domestic violence, sexual abuse and prostitution
    • Criminal responsibility and age
    • Women and youth victims
    6How the Police Uses Psychology
    • Crime reports
    • Gathering research
    • Eye witness testimonies and schemas
    • Police line ups
    7Courtroom Psychology
    • Social cognition and the primacy effect
    • Law and psychology
    • Effects of media in crime reporting
    • Characteristics of defendants and lawyers
    8Prevention and Punishment of Crimes
    • Curbing the crime rate
    • Punishment types and history
    • Grounds for punishment
    • Objectivity and fairness
  • How Will You Benefit?

    There are many benefits associated with studying our criminal psychology courses online. For example, you will:

    • Fast track your career with valuable training in criminal psychology
    • Study a criminal psychology course that has been designed in collaboration with senior members of the profession
    • Learn at your own pace and fit your criminal psychology studies around existing commitments
    • Have access to a qualified personal tutor who will answer your questions and provide guidance
    • Study at your own pace whenever and wherever you are
    • Avoiding spending time and money attending criminal psychology classes in person
    • Pay upfront to secure a 10% reduction in fee, or choose our weekly interest-free payment plan

    Start reaping the benefits by enrolling on our criminal psychology course today!

  • Career Prospects

    Criminal psychology is an exciting, hugely important area of psychology and law enforcement. Criminal psychologists play a crucial role in a variety of settings, helping to determine the motivations and actions of criminals. Their expertise can help to solve and prevent crimes, and their tasks can include:
    There are many benefits associated with studying our criminal psychology courses online. For example, you will:

    • Creating psychological profiles to help catch criminals
    • Assessing the risk of reoffending
    • Helping with offender rehabilitation
    • Providing testimony in court cases
    • Examining case files
    • Acting as a consultant to the police
    • Performing clinical assessments
    • Teaching in settings such as universities and law enforcement training facilities

    If you enter this profession, you will find employment opportunities in both the public and private sectors. You may choose to specialise in areas such as:

    • Probation
    • Forensics
    • Private investigation
    • Welfare
    • Youth work
    • Counselling
    • Psychology
    • Support work
    • Legal research

    Note that some professions will require further specialised training.

  • Course Levels Explained


    This qualification recognises the graduate’s capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry onto our criminal psychology course.

    So, if you have a passion for helping people and preventing crimes, there is nothing stopping you from registering for this learning programme today.

  • Course Length

    Students take an average of 24 weeks to complete their Diplomas.

    However, thanks to the flexible nature of our online criminal psychology courses, you can study at your own pace and don’t have to worry about meeting assignment deadlines. This gives you total freedom in terms of how quickly you complete the programme.

    If you would like to fast track your learning, you can graduate within a matter of months. The maximum length of time we allow to complete our criminal psychology course is three years.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    Our criminal psychology course is carried out entirely online via distance learning (also called correspondence learning). This offers maximum convenience and can be especially important if you need to fit your studies around existing commitments, for example work or family. When you sign up for a course with ICI, you choose when to complete activities and submit assignments. You aren’t locked into a timetable.

    Remote learning also enables you to study at any time and in any location. Wherever you are in the world, you can work through the course material and communicate with your personal tutor. Our online course also eliminates costly commuting to a classroom.

    In addition, our criminal psychology learning programme is designed to be highly relevant and engaging.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    Our criminal psychology course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC) and the International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC). ICI courses are not AQF qualifications. ICI is an independent global awarding body that develops and administers career-related curriculum and training programs. When you graduate from an ICI training program you join ICI graduates in over 150 countries around the world.

    Like all of our learning programmes, it is designed to be highly practical. Written and delivered by industry professionals, it teaches you far more than just the theory of this subject area. You will develop key practical abilities that will help you to succeed in this profession.

    ICI is recognised by Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists, and Hypnotherapists (ACCPH). This is an independent professional body and register for people working in the psychology and counselling professions.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    Already working in criminal psychology or another area of law and justice? This course is for you. It provides you with the perfect opportunity to consolidate your existing knowledge and update your skills, making it one of the most practical steps you can take towards advancing your career.

    Course fees can be claimed as a tax deduction providing the course is sufficiently connected to your work activities.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our criminal psychology course are included in the course fee. Once you enrol, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all your course and career questions and provide guidance.

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:

    • A graduation certificate officially recognising your completion of criminal psychology studies and training
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification (for example: John Smith, DipCrimPsych)
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme.
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 6th October 2023 is the next enrolment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrolment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish. Don’t miss out. Enrol today!

Course Investment & Payment Plans

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How do I get started?

Click on one of the Enrol Now buttons above and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a new career in criminal psychology – in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.