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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months


The Social Science - Police Studies degree at University of Tasmania 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 through two study options:

  • The In-service pathwayis an opportunity for serving police officers to build on their training and experience with a recognised University qualification, or
  • The Conventional pathwayoffers a comprehensive social sciences education with a specific focus on policing studies.

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

The Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management in Tasmania endorses these professional programs. The Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme (which involves Commissioner's scholarships and interest-free loans) is an incentive for eligible Tasmania Police officers to undertake study at the University of Tasmania.

Career outcomes

The degree provides a sound academic base for those considering careers in policing. For serving police officers, the acquisition of tertiary qualifications is clearly becoming advantageous for career advancement.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: We recommend that students living overseas apply at least 3 months prior to semester start date and on-shore students no less than one month prior.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

In the Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies), you take 2 majors, a minor and 4 elective units. This degree consists of a total of 24 units comprising:

  • Two majors of 8 units each: each major consists of 2 introductory, 2 intermediate, 4 advanced units
  • A minor of 4 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate units
  • Four elective units:
    • Conventional Pathway: The elective units will comprise 2 breadth units and 2 student electives. Student Electives can be individual units taken from any other subject area within the University, provided students meet the unit level requirements for the degree (see below), unit prerequisites and quotas.
    • In-Service Pathway: Tasmania Police requirements are that students enrol in the four compulsory units specified in the electives for this pathway.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

Applicants are expected to meet the normal requirements set by the University for entry to degree courses. These include several categories of special admission. Entry to the course occurs normally in February, and there may be limited entry in July.

In-Service Pathway: Applicants must be employed as a Tasmania Police Recruit/Serving Police Officer.

Conventional Pathway: For all other applicants who are qualified for entry under the University Rules of Admission.

CRICOS: 033204D

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28000 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

Living costs for Hobart

  • 1204 - 2010 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


There are a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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