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2012 Graduate Certificate in Police Studies(R5L)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Hobart: , Distance/flexible
Course Duration: Minimum .5 yrs, Maximum 2 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):

Dr. Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron (03 6226 2739)


This course is offered on a full fee paying basis to eligible domestic students. Fees are established per unit and can be found in the unit descriptions within the course schedule. Click on 'View fees for this unit' and select 'Tuition fee (domestic) Post 2008' as the fee type.
International students please refer to International Services at

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

Semester 2 intake available only on a part-time basis at Graduate Certificate level.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the course in 2010. For students who commenced prior to 2010, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2006 should refer to the 2006 Handbook.

Admission & Prerequisites

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.

Progression from Graduate Diploma to Masters requires results of Distinction average.

Direct entry at Masters level will generally only be allowed if the student has achieved results of Distinction average at undergraduate level.

International students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry at Masters level can obtain direct entry at Graduate Diploma level and package this with an offer for entry to Masters subject to achieving distinction average at Graduate Diploma level (if they meet the entry requirement for the Graduate Diploma). Please note: initial enrolment will be in a Graduate Diploma and progression to Masters will only be allowed if students achieve a Distinction average at Graduate Diploma level.

Course Objectives

The GradCertPoliceStuds aims to provide a quality tertiary qualification at the postgraduate level in a professional coursework 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 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 Public Safety 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 Graduate Certificate in Police Studies for studies completed since 1998. Tasmania Police Inspectors Course graduates are eligible to receive 25% towards the Graduate Certificate in Police Studies for studies completed since 1998.

Articulation to/from Course

Students who undertake the GradCertPoliceStuds may elect to complete an additional 50% of coursework units and achieve the Graduate Diploma in Police Studies. Students who take the additional coursework units plus the Research Thesis unit are eligible to graduate with a Master of Police Studies.

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