GPM712 Doctoral Thesis Part Time (Law Enforcement and Security) (128)

In this subject students will complete an individual research program under the supervision of appropriately qualified academics with expertise in Law Enforcement and Security. The subject provides the opportunity for advanced critical reflection on professional practice, and assists candidates to identify, investigate and resolve problems confronting Law Enforcement and Security.

In order to commence this subject students must have previously presented their research proposal to their Faculty and relevant peers, and received formal Faculty endorsement of their proposal. In consultation with their supervisor, students will write and develop their thesis to the point of preparedness for final examination. The completed thesis must make a substantial contribution to the relevant field of Law Enforcement and Security.  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: GPM712. 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



Eight sessions


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

Doctor of Law Enforcement and Security

Assumed Knowledge

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate advanced competence in research principles and methods applicable to the field of Law Enforcement and Security
  • be able to demonstrate a higher order knowledge of the scholarly debate relevant to their chosen topic area in Law Enforcement and Security
  • be able to demonstrate higher order skills for both critical analysis of, and constructive contribution to, that debate
  • be able to demonstrate expert skills to design, implement, analyse, theorise and communicate research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice
  • be able to develop and refine their research for presentation as an examinable thesis in the relevant field of Law Enforcement and Security


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.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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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.