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Policing Practices

Policing Practices builds on a strong social science foundation with specific knowledge and skills of policing.

Policing Practices brings together a range of disciplines that relate to human experience and behaviour, such as policing, criminology, risk management, law, sociology and psychology, politics, and public policy.

Whether you wish to work in policing, forensics, intelligence, risk analysis, justice, legal or correctional services, the Bachelor of Social Science (Policing Practices) is the perfect degree to provide you with the knowledge and expertise for policing solutions in the real world.

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Course Options

Bachelor of Social Sciences (Policing Practices)

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years
Online, Hobart

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Associate Degree in Social Sciences (Policing Practices)

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years
Online, Hobart

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If you exit your recruit course prior to completing probation (week 28 onwards), you may be eligible for the Diploma of Arts.

Get a recognised qualification giving you transferable skills you can use wherever your career takes you.

You’ll receive a fee reduction to study and access to support services outside of the police organisation.

Gain a deeper understanding of key issues and drivers of crime.

Double degrees

Our new double degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge and expertise within two separate study areas. This means you can choose from our range of exciting, diverse courses and embark on a journey as unique as you are.

Learn more about our double degrees


At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Course breakdown

Combine your police training with a university degree.


Associate Degree in Social Sciences (Policing Practices)

200 credit points

The Associate Degree prepares police to think critically about the work they do, and to consider the evidence underpinning policing practices.

Completion of the Associate Degree in Policing Practices is mandatory for all police recruits.


Bachelor of Social Sciences (Policing Practices)

300 credit points

The Bachelor Degree develops your knowledge and expertise in policing practices and offers a pathway for all officers seeking promotion to Sergeant.

Career outcomes

Graduates of Policing Practices gain a quality academic base for careers in policing, including risk management, law, sociology and psychology, criminology, politics and public policy, security and order.

These are some of the top careers projected to grow in the next five years.1

1ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.



Intelligence and Policy Analysts


Social and Welfare Professionals


Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.