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Bachelor of Policing (Investigations)

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CSU's Bachelor of Policing (Investigations) is a course intended for police, and officers in law enforcement agencies with a policing focus, to enhance your professional policing practice and knowledge. 

Designed for serving police officers who intend pursuing a career in investigation, enrolment in the program is restricted to those officers in policing, or other relevant organisations, who are designated as 'detective' or who are working towards that qualification in their organisation. Upgrade your knowledge and skills of law enforcement with our structured content that is directly relevant to current policing activities.


  • Why study this course?

    The Bachelor of Policing (Investigations) is a nationally accredited and registered award in tertiary education.

    Build specialist investigative skills

    The course aims to enhance your capabilities by building upon your existing knowledge of investigative practice and procedure. It is designed to complement existing in-service investigation programs or their equivalent. The course aims to foster critical reflection upon those ethical, legal and practical issues which impact on criminal investigation.

    Manage professional and personal demands

    Subjects are delivered entirely online, enabling you to carry out your study both when, and where, is most suitable to you.

    Develop your expertise across emerging policing practice areas

    The program is designed to enhance knowledge and practice in the areas of evidence, accountability and ethics, investigation, intelligence, and investigation management. Core investigative subjects are complemented by policing related elective subjects that expand on a wide range of current and emerging policing investigation practice areas, including terrorism, organised crime, and forensic science. Successful completion of the course will provide you with the opportunity to improve and critically reflect on your professional capacity.

    Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS)

    Established in 1993, CSU’s Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is a leading provider of postgraduate research and education. Our faculty members are leaders in their fields and have significant field experience and academic expertise. The school continues to grow through close collaboration with law enforcement, regulators, universities, research bodies, private industry and emergency services providers in Australia and overseas, with courses attracting students from around the globe.

    Industry relevant 

    This course has been designed in extensive consultation with police, the justice community and academics. This ensures subjects are vocationally relevant and up-to-date, producing ethical and professional graduates ready for a rapidly changing police and community environment.

  • Career opportunities

    The course has been developed in close conjunction with experienced police investigators. It is designed to meet the career needs of police officers engaged in the field of investigation.

    Investigation management and leadership

    Use your advanced investigative skills and strategies to secure and validate critical intelligence including confessions, statements, testimony and offender profiling.

    Apply criminology to crime reduction

    Lead high-level investigation activities across a wide range of jurisdictions towards early identification of emerging crime risks and issues.

    Organised crime and terrorism

    Collaborate across Australian and international agencies to develop intelligence and deliver operational responses to national security threats.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    All students receive 104 points for their policing and investigative experience, and for their detective training qualification.

    Students who have completed the Associate Degree in Policing Practice, the Diploma of Policing Practice, the Diploma of Policing, or the equivalent offered by the Queensland Police Service, receive 48 points in addition to the 104 points - that is, 152 points.

    Students who can demonstrate tertiary qualifications in related subjects may claim credit to a maximum of 24 points, above the 104 points - that is, 128 points.

    Students who have been designated detectives for five years or more may receive 24 points credit.

    A maximum of 152 points can be received by any one student.

    Australian Defence Force personnel may also be awarded credit. Please discuss with Course Director.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    All students complete four core subjects. The number of electives each student must then complete to graduate is determined by the credit package they receive.

    Core subjects

    JST312 Criminal Law and Investigation Management
    JST311 Evidence and Investigation
    JST301 Applying Criminology To Crime Reduction
    JST325 Accountability and Policing

    Electives

    JST324 Team Management and Leadership
    JST313 Investigative Interviewing
    POL303 Organised Crime
    JST344 Terrorism Awareness
    JST345 Police and Victims
    JST346 Criminal Investigation in Racially and Ethnically Diverse Societies
    JST322 Crime Reduction
    JST456 Islam and Policing in the Modern World
    JST347 Police and Media

    With the approval of the Course Director other electives may be taken from the following disciplines: psychology, criminology, politics and sociology.

     

    NB: FOR STUDENTS WHO ENTERED THE BACHELOR OF POLICING (INVESTIGATIONS) IN 2013 OR EARLIER (I.E. COMMENCED IN SESSION 201390 OR PRIOR).

    Correct core/mandatory subjects are: -
    JST311 – Evidence and Investigation
    JST312 – Criminal Law and Investigation Management
    JST322 – Crime Reduction
    JST325 – Accountability and Policing

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    FOR STUDENTS WHO ENTERED THE BACHELOR OF POLICING (INVESTIGATIONS) IN 2014 (I.E. COMMENCED IN SESSION 201430).

    Correct core/mandatory subjects if you started the course in this current session are: -
    JST301 – Applying Criminology to Crime Reduction
    JST311 – Evidence and Investigation
    JST312 – Criminal Law and Investigation Management
    JST325 – Accountability and Policing

    Enrolment pattern

    Core subject, JST301 – Applying Criminology to Crime Reduction, is a mandatory first enrolment subject for those entering the course.  Remaining core subjects and electives are undertaken in accordance with student choice and subject availability, until graduation requirements are met.

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    JST313 Investigative Interviewing
    JST456 Islam and Policing in the Modern World

  • Admission information

    Applicants must have successfully completed the Diploma of Policing or the Diploma of Applied Policing or the Diploma of Policing Practice or the Associate Degree in Policing Practice or equivalent police recruit training in other policing jurisdictions; and have completed or be undertaking the Advanced Diploma in Public Safety (Police Investigations) (AQF level 6) or its equivalent in another jurisdiction.

    Applicants without the qualifications listed must have completed or be undertaking the Advanced Diploma in Public Safety (Police Investigations) (AQF level 6) or its equivalent in all other jurisdictions.

    Please note: this course does not provide entry to the NSW Police Force. Please refer to the Associate Degree in Policing Practice.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.


    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationManlyCGSYYYEADI
    DirectDistance EducationManlyFPOSYYYCAIV
    DirectDistance EducationManlyFPOSYYYJAIV

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points, comprising the credit package awarded upon admission, with the remaining points to be completed during enrolment in the course.

  • How to apply

    Admission is restricted to serving police officers or others employed by a related agency or in a relevant field.

    Applicants must hold or be completing their Detective Education Program / designation as detective or the equivalent for military detectives.

    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    International students from the United Kingdom and Canada should select the Planned Course of Study with Code CAIV when completing an online application.

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS)

    Established in 1993, CSU’s Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is a leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in law enforcement, emergency management and security. CSU’s courses offered through AGSPS span a broad range of global issues that include international terrorism, intelligence analysis, transnational crime, fraud and financial crime, corruption, cyber-crime, and natural disaster management. Our faculty members are leaders in their fields and have significant experience and academic expertise. The School continues to grow through close collaboration with law enforcement, regulators, universities, research bodies, private industry and emergency services providers in Australia and overseas, with courses attracting students from around the globe. AGSPS also provides education and training programs in Abu Dhabi, China, India (National Police Academy), New Zealand, Indonesia (UNODC), Singapore, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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