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CSU's Diploma of Investigations enhances professional practice for students currently working in careers in investigation and law enforcement.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Diploma of Investigations is designed for people currently working in law enforcement related environments and who want to gain a professionally recognised qualification in investigations.

  • Career opportunities

    The course provides students with the opportunity to develop a wider range of necessary skills to facilitate an improvement in professionalism in their law enforcement and investigative activities. Students will gain an understanding of policing theory in investigation, evidence, intelligence, law, ethics, and victimology, aspects which are necessary for modern investigative practice.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for a maximum of four subjects (32 points) may be granted for successful completion of investigation experience in the law enforcement environment. Credit may be considered for the completion of relevant investigations training programs.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Specific enrolment patterns in the course will be applied individually to cohorts entering the course.

    Core subjects required to be utilised in the program are:-

    JST310 Information and Investigation (8 points)

    JST311 Evidence and Investigation (8 points)

    Elective/Pool subjects that can be utilised in the program are:-

    JST312 Criminal Law and Investigation Management (8 points)

    JST313 Investigative Interviewing (8 points)

    JST325 Accountability and Policing (8 points)

    JST334 Case Management for Criminal Investigations (8 points)

    JST345 Police and Victims (8 points)

    JST346 Criminal Investigations in Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Societies (8 points)

    Alternate subjects may be utilised with the prior approval of the Course Coordinator.

    Enrolment pattern

    There is no set enrolment pattern in the course, as the enrolment pattern in the course, similar to the subjects studied and for the same reasons, is flexible. That flexibility will allow for course participant, organisational, and subject scheduling needs. An enrolment pattern and subjects undertaken in the program will be negotiated for each individual cohort following discussions between the requesting organisation for the diploma and the Course Coordinator.

    A generic enrolment pattern includes: -

    Pre-residential subject/s.
    Either core or elective subject/s, dependent on organisational requirements, and session of admission. Studied by distance education, in conjunction with the regular distance education offerings of that subject to Bachelor of Policing students consisting of Australian and International police.

    Residential School.
    A minimum of two subjects consisting of either core or elective offerings for the program, delivered in a residential setting.

    Post residential school subject/s.
    Either core or elective subject/s, dependent on organisational requirements, and session of admission. Studied by distance education, in conjunction with the regular distance education offerings of that subject to Bachelor of Policing students consisting of Australian and International police.

  • Residential schools

    Please note that the following subject may have a residential school component.

    JST313 Investigative Interviewing

  • Admission information

    Applicants will only be admitted as members of cohorts that are supported and recommended by their organisation. Organisations will only be permitted to recommend applicants with the prior approval of the Course Coordinator.

    Applicants will only be admitted to the course where they:

    • are currently working in a law enforcement related environment
    • can demonstrate a suitable level of investigation experience
    • have undertaken suitably delivered and assessed investigation training program/s.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place
    TBC*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.


    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about fee-paying places

    This course is not available to international students.

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineManlyEmployer reserveYNNOAIG
    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    This course is not available to international students.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School

    Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS)

    Established in 1993, CSU’s Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is a leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in law enforcement, emergency management and security. CSU’s courses offered through AGSPS span a broad range of global issues that include international terrorism, intelligence analysis, transnational crime, fraud and financial crime, corruption, cyber-crime, and natural disaster management. Our faculty members are leaders in their fields and have significant experience and academic expertise. The School continues to grow through close collaboration with law enforcement, regulators, universities, research bodies, private industry and emergency services providers in Australia and overseas, with courses attracting students from around the globe. AGSPS also provides education and training programs in Abu Dhabi, China, India (National Police Academy), New Zealand, Indonesia (UNODC), Singapore, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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