Courses & Units

Master of Police Studies R7L

Hobart, Distance Hobart


This course is offered on a full fee paying basis with fees established per unit enrolled.

The Master of Police Studies is offered at the Hobart campus and by distance. It is normally a 1 calendar year (or 3 semesters) full-time or up to 3 years (or 6 semesters) part-time program. Students may enrol for semester 1 or semester 2 entry.


Course Name Master of Police Studies
Course Abbreviation MPoliceSt
Course Duration 1 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 3 Years
CRICOS code 048270D
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Arts



Location Study periods
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2
Distance Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2


The MPoliceStuds aims to provide a high quality qualification at the postgraduate level in a professional coursework-plus-thesis program. The course aims to provide students with:

  • a thorough grounding in policing theory and practice;
  • skills to engage in informed debate about major policing issues in contemporary society;
  • knowledge of recent developments in the field;
  • skills to design, conduct and appraise research critically.

Career Outcomes

Enhancement of students' careers by the achievement of a postgraduate award from a prestigious university.
The Tasmanian Department of Police and Emergency Services endorses this professional postgraduate course. Indeed, its Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme (which involves Commissioner's scholarships and interest-free loans) is an incentive for eligible Tasmania Police officers to undertake postgraduate study at the University of Tasmania.


Students may apply for credit for units passed in other courses (complete or incomplete).

Tasmania Police Sergeants Course graduates are eligible to receive 12.5% credit towards the Master of Police Studies for studies completed since 1998. Tasmania Police Inspectors Course graduates are eligible to receive 25% credit towards the Master of Police Studies for studies completed since 1998.


Students are normally expected to have a minimum of a bachelor degree from the University of Tasmania or from another university or tertiary institution which is deemed equivalent, and a level of English equivalent to a score of 6.0 on an IELTS test. In exceptional circumstances the Faculty may admit a person with some other tertiary qualification and relevant employment experience.

Students seeking entry into postgraduate courses based on employment experience only (i.e. no bachelor degree), will generally only be allowed entry at Graduate Certificate level.

Direct entry for admission is approved subject to successful completion of 100% of coursework units with Distinction average prior to progression to thesis unit/s, is required for articulation to the this Masters.

Students who do not achieve at Distinction level in coursework components, but nonetheless complete 100% of units will be able to exit with a Graduate Diploma.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Students who terminate their studies after completing 100% of the coursework units (including the core units) are eligible to achieve the Graduate Diploma in Police Studies.

Students must complete 100% of coursework units from the schedule below including the core units HSP417 Contemporary Policing andHSP402 Advanced Policing Practices, plus the Research Thesis.

Course Structure

Schedule of units

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


1[i]In these Specifications 'Faculty' means the Faculty of Arts acting on the advice of the Board of Humanities and Social Science.
 [ii] The Faculty may accept as a candidate for the degree of Master of Police Studies any of the following:
  (a)an applicant who has qualified for admission to a bachelor degree in the University of Tasmania;
  (b)an applicant who holds a degree of another university or tertiary institution approved by the Faculty for this purpose, and who is deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent to a candidate in paragraph (a);
  (c)in exceptional circumstances a person who holds a tertiary qualification and whose employment experience indicates a level of knowledge and skill deemed by the Faculty to be sufficient to complete the course satisfactorily.
2Candidates shall complete the award requirements as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than three separate semesters or a maximum of three years. In certain circumstances, Faculty may approve a suspension of candidature for a period not exceeding twelve calendar months.

Course structure

3To qualify for the award, the candidate shall successfully iomplete 100% of units plus a research project (50%) as listed in the accompanying Schedule.
4[i]Units may be counted towards the award only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites and corequisites determined by the Faculty summarised in the Schedule.
 [ii]A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weight, or more than 50% weight if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given semester.
 [iii]Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the award.
 [iv]In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Faculty or in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

Credit for Previous Studies

5Passes in subjects or units in other honours or postgraduate courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the award, to a maximum of one third of the award, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the award.


6The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedule.
7These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2002 and shall apply to all candidates for the award.
8The approved abbreviation for the award of Master of Police Studies shall be MPoliceSt.
9The research project shall be bound and lodged for examination in accordance with the Rules of Higher Degrees. A candidate may also be required by the Faculty to deposit a representative collection of material relevant to the thesis.
10The examination of the research project shall be conducted by at least two examiners appointed by the Faculty.
11After considering the reports of the examiners of the research project and reports from assessors of the candidate's performance in the remaining sections of the course, the Faculty shall decide whether the candidate merits the award of the degree or, if not:
 (a)whether the candidate should present an oral defence of the research project or submit an amended research project, or both, within such further period as the Faculty may determine, after which the Faculty shall then decide upon the award of the degree, or
 (b)whether the candidate should be awarded the Graduate Diploma.
12A candidate shall not, without the consent of the Faculty, submit for examination for the degree any work which the candidate has previously submitted for any degree or diploma.