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CSU's Doctor of Law Enforcement and Security is a professional doctorate designed for law enforcement and other government security personnel. It provides the opportunity for personal development and the in-depth exploratory study of a professional area of practice.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU’s Doctor of Law Enforcement and Security provides a research professional doctorate designed to suit the individual educational and professional development requirements of law enforcement and national security personnel. The degree aims to provide study of a professional area of practice at a level that will provide the graduate with a systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning as well as specialised research skills for professional practice. It also provides practitioners the opportunity to develop research in their own area of expertise and experience which will also add to the body of knowledge in the area of law enforcement or security.

    Upon successful completion of this course, graduates will have attained:

    • a substantial body of knowledge at the frontline of their field of learning, including knowledge that constitutes an original contribution to knowledge
    • a substantial level of knowledge regarding research principles and methods applicable to their field of learning
    • cognitive skills that demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that theory and practice
    • cognitive skills by use of intellectual independence to think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation and to reflect on theory and practice in order to generate original knowledge
    • expert technical skills applicable to their field of learning
    • communication skills that allow them to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies, and conclusions
    • communication skills that allow them to present cogently a complex investigation of originality or original research for external examination against international standards and to communicate their research results to peers and the community
    • expert skills that allow them to design, implement, analyse, theorise, and communicate their research in order to make a significant and original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice.

  • 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

    EMG705 Critical Issues in Research (16)
    EMG706 Literature Review (16)
    EMG707 Researching Professional Practice (16)
    EMG708 Research Proposal and Presentation (16)
    GPM711 Research Dissertation (128 points)

    Enrolment pattern

    Year one

    Session 1

    EMG705 Critical Issues in Research (Completed)

    Session 2

    EMG706 Literature Review (16) (Completed)

    Year two

    Session 1

    EMG707 Researching Professional Practice (Completed)

    Session 2

    EMG708 Research Proposal and Presentation (Completed)

    Year three

    Session 1

    GPM711 Research Dissertation (Commenced)

    Session 2

    GPM711 Research Dissertation (Continued)

    Year four

    Session 1

    GPM711 Research Dissertation (Continued)

    Session 2

    GPM711 Research Dissertation (Continued)

    Year five

    Session 1

    GPM711 Research Dissertation (Continued)

    Session 2

    GPM711 Research Dissertation (Continued)

    Year six

    Session 1

    GPM711 Research Dissertation (Continued)

    Session 2

    GPM711 Research Dissertation (Completed)


    Session 1

    EMG705 Critical Issues in Research

    Session 2

    EMG707 Researching Professional Practice

    Session 3

    EMG706 Literature Review

    Session 4

    EMG708 Research Proposal and Presentation

    Sessions 5 – 12

    EMG710 Doctoral Thesis PT (Public Safety) (128)


  • Residential schools

    The following subject may have a residential school component:

    GPM711 Research Dissertation

  • Admission information

    Applicants must hold either a Master’s degree by research; a four-year Honours degree (First-Class, or Second-Class (1st Div); or a Master’s degree by coursework that required the completion of a thesis in which the applicant demonstrated exceptional ability in conducting their research project.  Students who hold a Master’s degree by coursework only may also apply, but must demonstrate that they have the scholastic aptitude to undertake research at doctoral level and may also be required to undergo a probationary period of up to two years. Enrolment requires approval by the Dean on the advice of the Course Coordinator.

    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.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • 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 EducationManlyFPOSYYNCAPO
    DirectDistance EducationManlyFPOSYYNJAPO
    DirectOn CampusManlyFPOSYYNIAPO
    DirectDistance EducationManlyFPPGYYNOAPO

    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

    Completion of 192 points at a satisfactory level.

  • 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.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    070678G (Manly)

    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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