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Bachelor of Policing (Investigations)

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CSU's Bachelor of Policing (Investigations) is 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.

  • Why study this course?

    The Bachelor of Policing (Investigations) course is designed for serving police officers who intend pursuing a career in investigation. The course is specifically aimed at operational detectives or investigators and aims to enhance the capabilities of the professional investigator by building upon their 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. The Bachelor of Policing (Investigations) is a nationally accredited and registered award in tertiary education.

    The course subjects are policing focused and are delivered entirely by distance education, using up-to-the-minute electronic methods, and allowing participants to carry out their study both when, and where, is most suitable to them.

    The Bachelor of Policing (Investigations) is specifically focused at the needs of detectives or investigators, and aims to enhance the capabilities of those professional investigators by building upon their existing knowledge of investigative practice and procedure.   

    The content of the program is structured to be directly relevant to current high-level investigation activities across a wide range of jurisdictions. The course is designed to supplement and complement existing in-service investigation training programs, or their equivalent detective education programs.

    With a mandatory core of four investigation related subjects, the program is designed to enhance knowledge and practice in the areas of evidence, accountability and ethics, investigation, intelligence, and investigation management.  Those core subjects are complemented by policing related elective subjects that expand on a wide range of current and emerging policing investigation practice areas, for example, terrorism, organised crime, and forensic science.

    The knowledge gained, and the wide range of abilities that are encouraged in the program, provide the opportunity for participants to improve and critically reflect on their professional capacity, and encourages them to continue their learning throughout their various careers.

    Applicants are able enter the course at any of the three sessions each year (February, July, and November), and are able to study across each of those sessions.

  • 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.

  • 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


    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.



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



    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:

    JST456 Islam and Policing in the Modern World
    JST313 Investigative Interviewing

  • 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; 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 at least three years plain clothes experience and 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 EducationManlyFPOSYYYJAIV
    DirectDistance EducationManlyFPOSYYYCAIV

    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.

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    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.

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  • About the School
    School of Policing Studies (SOPS)

    CSU’s School of Policing Studies (SOPS) is Australia's leading provider of police recruit level training and postgraduate higher education award programs for members of policing and related services (security, enforcement and fire). SOPS are the largest School in the Faculty of Arts and Education and are located within the NSW Police Force Academy, Goulburn. SOPS and the NSW Police Force have formed a unique partnership to design, develop and deliver tertiary courses in policing. CSU’s courses have 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. Many of the staff are either former police officers or expert practitioners in policing related disciplines such as communications and ethics. This gives the School a strong practical teaching and professional focus to research activities.

  • 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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