GPM711 Research Dissertation (96)


Students will conduct research into a current problem/issue relevant to the profession and report results in a disseration. Students must demonstrate advanced theoretical, professional and methodological knowledge and the work must demonstrate an original contribution to professional practice, policy or knowledge.  The maximum length for the dissertation shall be 60,000 words.

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Session 2
InternalManly Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Six sessionsHD/FLAustralian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Assumed Knowledge

Research Methods

Enrolment restrictions

Must be enrolled in the the Doctor of Policing and Security

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Be able to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
  • with intellectual independence
  • with initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning
  • with full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs
  • to plan and execute original research
  • with the ongoing capacity to generate new knowledge or new knowledge in the context of professional practice


The subject will cover the following topics:
In consultation with a supervisor, the student will select a topic for research, conduct the study and prepare a dissertation that incorporates the study's findings in accordance with the University's regulations for examinable works.

Residential School

This subject contains a optional 1 day residential school. Students will be offered the opportunity to attend a one day residential workshop on research methods which is conducted at the AGSP each year as a one-off introduction topic.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.