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.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Manly Campus
Session 2 (60)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GPM711. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Six sessions


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

Must be enrolled in the the Doctor of Policing and Security

Assumed Knowledge
Research Methods

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


This 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 1 day Optional 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.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.