Master’s Programme

Master of Applied Criminology and Police Management

The PSC is dedicated to offer advance degree on the subjects of policing, criminology and criminal justice. This graduate learning program aims at equipping police and other relevant professionals with critical insights on contemporary security and criminology arenas so that they can effectively and efficiently discharge their duties. PSC offers it not only to the police candidates but also to the non-police students who are either from various government/ non government organizations or are very fresh students who want to develop their careers on criminal justice or law enforcement.

The introduction of the graduate learning program on Master of Applied Criminology and Police Management has shed light on PSC’s academic endeavour. The program was introduced in July 2016 with a strong work-based functional curriculum designed to provide a sound police education. The curriculum and course credits of Master’s program reflect broader education objectives in applied criminology, police leadership, management and contemporary policing issues in order to achieve a safer community. Today, Police Staff College is one of the nation’s premier criminal justice institutions. The college envisioned to bring together a very capable faculty and graduate students in diverse criminology disciplines to efficiently engage with issues on crime and justice.

Overview of the Degree Program:

Master of Applied Criminology and Police Management is designed to provide education to mid-level/senior police officers, non-police professionals and students on crime and justice with a strong emphasis on evidence-based policy and practice. This course focuses on leadership, managerial and administration issues that are being faced by the police and police organizations; methods to assess the issues in terms of their nature/cause and probable effect on the organization; and the impact of these issues on effective police service delivery. This leadership, management and policy skills will help them capable to successfully run their organizations.

Upon completion of the degree program, graduates will be better prepared to assume leadership roles and act as change agents in criminal justice institutions by contributing to the improved policy analysis, applying their insights to assess the effectiveness of criminal justice system through a rigorous research approach, and implementing their skills to identify current trends in the areas of policing, criminal justice and criminology.

Program Objectives:

The program is designed to:
• Enhance the professional competencies and help to career development of police officers and the eligible candidates who are advancing to enrich their academic prudence.
• Offer a state-of-the-art and high-quality course and introduce senior police officers and suitably qualified others to some of the most important theories and practices of the cotemporary policing, criminology and police management issues.
• Develop the skills necessary to locate, interpret and analyze critically various dynamics evolved in the current security domains.
• Develop the conceptual understanding necessary to evaluate research methods and findings.
• Facilitate course members to disseminate their acquired knowledge, skill, ideas and understandings to their respective field.
• Enhance the capacity of course members to apply their current research from applied criminology and police management to their work arenas.

Way Forward:

• Enrolment of eligible students from diverse background to make the program more broad and interactive to fit with the public domain.
• Review of existing curriculum on the basis of work-based learning models to familiarize students with contemporary theory and best practices so that they can apply this knowledge to their real-world situations.
• Redesign the program structure and make it to trimester form to reduce the study load and provide a flexible learning structure
• Plan to introduce several degree programs on various disciplines of crime and criminology grounded under operational priorities of Bangladesh Police
• Engagement with international reputed academia for the credit transfers, exchange of lectures, developing pathways to undergo foreign degree/diploma/certificate programs and conducting joint research programs.
• Initiatives for getting online resource access and maintaining academic honesty.

Program Structure:

Students are required to complete and pass a total of 40 credit points to be conferred the degree of the Master of Applied Criminology and Police Management. Each course of study is equivalent to 3 credit points except Independent Research which carries total 4 credit units. The length of each semester is 20-22 weeks. Coursework in the program is assessed in a range of ways that include assignments, class presentations, class test, mid-term, final exams and thesis. The study mode is on-campus. The students have to attend in person in the sessions.
Credit Points : 40
No. of courses : 15
Duration : 12 Months
Teaching Period : Semester 1 (July), Semester 2 (January)


1st Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit
ACPM 5101 Bangladesh: State, Society and Law 3
ACPM 5102 Criminal Justice System of Bangladesh 3
ACPM 5103 Applied Criminology 3
ACPM 5104 Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science 3
ACPM 5105 Organized Crime and Terrorism 3
ACPM 5106 Research Methods and Applied Statistics in Criminology 3
ACPM 5107 Independent Study (Supervised Research) 2
ACPM 5108 Executive English Language Skill and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Non-Credit
Sub-Total 20
2nd Semester
ACPM 5201 Contemporary Issues in Policing and Police Reform 3
ACPM 5202 Police Leadership and Management 3
ACPM 5203 Intelligence – led Policing and Crime Control 3
ACPM 5204 Police Operation, and Crisis Management 3
ACPM 5205 Human Rights and Policing 3
ACPM 5206 Project Planning and Financial Management 3
ACPM 5207 Independent Study (Supervised Research) 3
ACPM 5208 Protocol Management and Socialization 3

Student’s eligibility:

Those individuals who are from police, non-police (from cadre/non cadre, civil professions, defence, or other professions) or from foreign nationalities who meet the following criteria will be considered eligible for the admission of Master of Applied Criminology and Police Management (MACPM) at the Police Staff College Bangladesh affiliated under the National University, Bangladesh:
a) For the police officers: in the rank of ASP and above with having the minimum of 2 years of job experience in policing
b) For the non-police: they at least have to have 3 years of relevant job experience and having
• A Master / equivalent degree or
• Master degree with 3 years bachelor’s / equivalent degree or
• A 4 years Bachelor with honour’s/equivalent degree
c) Any below grade such as third division or third class at any level of the entire educational life is considered to be disqualification in the entry requirement of MACPM.
d) Foreign nationals’ eligibility will be decided on the basis of the prescribed eligibility criteria approved by the National University Bangladesh.

Course fees:

The details of the course fees will be found at the Police Staff College introduction page of the National University website. (All course fees and registration fees are subject to change upon the necessary appraisal of the Academic Council of the University)

Admission Deadline:
The admission deadline for the Semester 2017-18:

SL No Description Deadline
01 Availability of Application Form 09 May 2018
02 Submission of Application Form 03 June 2018
03 Admission Test 14 June 2018
04 Release of Admission Test Results 18 June 2018
05 Admission Starts 19 June 2018
06 Last Date of Admission 28 June 2018
07 Classes commence 13 July 2018

How to apply:
Applying for the Master of Applied Criminology and Police Management applications to the PSC is made through the submission of the filled out form of the prescribed hard copy application which is administered by the Academic and Research Wing, PSC. Application process will be open on 09 May 2018 and will close on 28 June 2018.
The following documents need to be attached during the submission of the filled out form of the application:
a) Certified copies of all certificates and mark-sheets/transcripts for any qualifications declared on the application form (e.g. SSC to Masters or equivalent degree).
b) Original copy of the migration certificate for those who have the degrees from universities other than the National University.
c) For the foreign nationals, equivalent level of marks certificate.
d) In case of non-police professionals, permission letter from the appropriate authority.
e) For police professionals, the proof of rank status (Police ID card with BP number)
f) Recent passport size coloured photograph (3 copies)
g) Original copies of certificates and mark-sheets/transcripts should be shown in front of the relevant authority of PSC during admission. Inability or failure to show such original copies will mark them as disqualified for the admission.
Note: Incomplete application and insufficient documentation of the above required papers should be considered as disqualification for the admission. The College authority will submit all the required papers of the applicants to the University authority after being confirmed about the authenticity of their certificates and mark-sheets/transcripts.