The Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Policing is purposefully designed to provide students with a coherent and systematic
introduction to the broad concepts, principles, theories, and problem‐solving techniques within the field of criminal justice with
specific emphasis on competencies and standards for effective policing. Students will be equipped with essential theoretical
knowledge as well as analytical and practical skills of police operations, administration, and management within the context of
the criminal justice system in Namibia and beyond. Furthermore, the programme will enable students to demonstrate an in‐
depth understanding of the role of policing as a sub‐system of the criminal justice system in a modern society, as well as that of
other law enforcement agencies such as the Namibian Correctional Service, Municipal Police, Immigration Services, Namibian
Defence Force, Security Institutions, Banking and Insurance Sectors (Forensic Investigators).
Overall, the Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Policing aims at:
• Providing students with a diverse range of competencies and skills which are both discipline‐specific and job‐related,
enabling students to adapt in a continuously changing professional policing environment throughout the criminal justice
• Fostering an understanding of how learned academic knowledge and skills interact and inform the development of
professional policing and law enforcement practice across communities and criminal justice sectors, considering
international best practices and standards; and
• Producing qualified graduates who can manage crime and advise government on criminal justice policy issues.
Bachelor’s degree holders will find employment as police, security, forensic and correctional professionals in the public and
The Certificate in Criminal Justice (Level 5), as a first exit level, is designed to equip students with the requisite knowledge and
skills in dealing with criminal justice issues in different organisations, including state and private security agencies, and to
provide the basis for further learning. The certificate will provide students with the fundamentals of the criminal justice system,
juvenile justice, crime, and criminal behavior and policing. Students who exit with a Certificate in Criminal Justice (Level 5) will be
employed in the public and private sectors as police officers, safety and security officers and correctional officers at entry level.
The revised programme has been endorsed by members of the Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) and has also
been benchmarked with other institutions of higher learning. (Please find attached evidence of consultation and
supporting documents). .
Candidates may be admitted to the Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Policing programme if they meet the General Admission
Requirements of the NUST (GI2.1 in Part 1 of the NUST Yearbook).
Mature Age candidates will be considered provided they meet the requirements of the NUST (GI2.2 in Part 1 of the Yearbook).