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Bachelor of Public Safety and Security

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CSU’s Bachelor of Public Safety and Security is your opportunity to become involved or advance in one of today’s fastest growing industries. There has been exponential growth in the number and diversity of agencies and practitioners providing public safety and security services.

This internationalised degree is designed to prepare and develop the professional practice of those wishing to enter, or are working in, the field. Whether it is earthquakes and fires, transnational crime and money laundering, or terrorism and border security, the challenges facing our public safety and security agencies are common across the Western world.

  • Why study this course?

    Professionals teaching you

    The Bachelor of Public Safety and Security is taught by practitioners for practitioners. Our faculty staff are leaders in their fields and have significant experience and academic expertise.

    Practical program

    Your course can be tailored to meet your personal objectives and career goals. You’ll develop skills in conducting research for the industry and exercise your own initiative and knowledge in real-world situations.

    Flexible study options

    Not only can you study this degree online from anywhere in the world, CSU also lets you vary your workload and times of study across your degree as your professional and personal life changes.

    Recognition of experience

    While experience isn’t necessary to enrol, if you work in the field you will receive credit for relevant training and work experience, which can significantly reduce the cost and duration of your degree. This is subject to an assessment and approval process.

    CSU’s reputation

    Established in 1993, the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is a world leader in university education and research in law enforcement, emergency management and security. Courses span a broad range of global issues, including international terrorism, intelligence analysis, transnational crime, fraud and financial crime, corruption, cybercrime, and natural disaster management.

  • Career opportunities

    Diverse employers

    Employment opportunities exist in government and non-government agencies that provide for the safety of our communities. These include policing, border protection, emergency management, counter-terrorism, intelligence and defence.

    Global career paths

    Growing demand for professionals with public safety and security qualifications could see you working anywhere in the world.

    Further study

    AGSPS offers a broad range of postgraduate qualifications relevant to the public safety and security sectors.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit packages aligned with AQF requirements regarding the maximum credit arrangements for Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs will be available to students who have successfully completed related awards.

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

    More about Credit

  • 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

    Core Subjects

    COM120 Reasoning and Writing
    CUS101 Border Agencies and Principles of Border Management (16)                                                                                              
    EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management
    EMG101 Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
    EMG102 Emergency Decision Making
    JST117  Introduction to Intelligence
    IKC200 Comparative Indigenous Realities
    JST205  Criminology: History and Theory
    JST226  Introduction to Police Investigations
    JST346  Criminal Investigations in Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Societies
    JST313  Investigative Interviewing
    POL303 Organised Crime
    JST322  Crime Reduction
    JST344 Terrorism Awareness
    JST350  Cyber Security: Terrorism, Crime and Warfare in the 21st Century
    JST351  Foundations in Financial Crime (16)


    Restricted Electives

    Students must complete 6 (or equivalent point value) of the following which have been organised into topic areas:

    Society, Ethics and Corruption

    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    SOC308 Community Analysis
    SOC205 Social Research
    MGT100 Organisations and Management
    MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
    PHL202 Ethical Theory
    JST318  Human Rights and Social Justice

    Crime and Law Enforcement

    JST320 Drugs, Crime and Society
    JST310 Information and Investigation

    Policing Practice

    JST324 Team Management and Leadership
    JST345  Police and Victims
    JST347  Police and the Media
    JST309  Indigenous Communities and Policing
    JST456  Islam and Policing in the Modern World

    Emergency Management

    EMG102 Emergency Decision Making
    EMG103 Emergency Management Plan Development
    EMG201 Training and Exercise Development
    EMG206 Analysis of Disaster Response (16CP)
    EMG208 Post Impact Disaster Management (16 CP)
    SPA 215 Principles of Geographic Information systems
    EMG307 Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan (16 points)
    EMG308 Disaster Recovery, Sustainability and Resilience

    Homeland Security

    CUS301  Border Management Ethics and Governance (16)
    CUS202  International Air and Sea Passengers (16)
    JST349    Radicalisation, Deradicalisation and Counter Radicalisation
    POL111    International Relations

    The course is designed to have maximum flexibility allowing the expertise or prior study of the student to be taken into consideration. All subjects must be drawn from the specified core subjects and  the list of restricted electives. Alternative CSU subjects may be considered with the permission of the Course Director. Students entering the program with no RPL for previous study or experience must select a minimum of 2 x 100 level elective subjects in addition to the core subjects.

    Enrolment pattern

    Session 1
    COM120 Reasoning and Writing
    EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management

    Session 2
    EMG101 Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
    EMG102 Emergency Decision Making

    Session 3
    IKC200 Comparative Indigenous Realities
    JST117 Introduction to Intelligence

    Session 4
    JST226 Introduction to Police Investigations

    Session 5
    JST205 Criminology: History and Theory

    Session 6
    JST313 Investigative Interviewing

    Session 7
    JST346 Criminal Investigations in Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Societies
    JST350 Cyber Security: Terrorism, Crime and Warfare in the 21st Century

    Session 8
    POL303 Organised Crime

    Session 9
    JST322 Crime Reduction

    Session 10
    JST344 Terrorism Awareness

    Session 11
    JST351 Foundations of Financial Crime (16)

    Session 12



  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    JST456 Islam and Policing in the Modern World
    JST313 Investigative Interviewing

  • Admission information

    Admission to the program will be in accordance to the standard CSU and UAC criteria for undergraduate courses.

    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 EducationManlyFPOSYYYJAST
    DirectDistance EducationManlyCGSYYYEAST

    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

    Students must successfully complete 192 point. The number of subjects and specific subject choices are described in the Course Structure and Enrolment Pattern for the course.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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

    Apply online

    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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