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Master of Investigations

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Master of Investigations

Graduate Diploma of Investigations

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CSU's Investigations program is designed to meet the educational needs and enhance the skills of experienced investigators, and to help prepare investigators for management roles.

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  • Why study this course?

    The Master of Investigations is the only course of its kind offered at an Australian university. The course was developed with extensive industry consultation across law enforcement.

    This course allows students to complete research based studies. Graduates will be able to identify current issues in the sector and use research to develop best practice policy. They will be able to critically assess current policies and evaluate new and emerging trends. The course allows students to understand existing knowledge in the field and contribute to knowledge and practice in their discipline.

  • Career opportunities

    The course is designed to meet the educational needs of investigators in the public and corporate sectors. It aims to enhance the skills and knowledge of experienced investigators and to help prepare investigators for management roles.

  • 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

    Th Graduate Certificate consists of four subejcts (32 points) and the Graduate Diploma consists of 8 subjects (64 points)

    Graduate Certificate in Investigations (Exit point only)

    JST409 Investigations Principles
    JST413 Risk Management

    Graduate Diploma of Investigations.

    Students must complete the Graduate Certificate plus an additional 32 points of subjects, including one 16 point core subject. Students must also complete 16 points chosen from the list of electives. 

    JST497 - Multi Agency Investigations (16 pts)*



    JST473 Forensic Accounting & Asset Recovery
    GPM413  Motivation and Engagement
    GPM25 Applied Management (16)
    GPM507 International Policing
    GPM510 Cyber Security: Terrorism, Crime and War in the 21st Century
    JST428 Operational Intelligence
    JST493 National Security and Intelligence Issues (16 pts)
    JST478 Imagery and Geo-Spatial Intelligence
    GPM417 History and Motivators of Terrorism (16 pts)
    GPM418 Current Conflicts and Emerging Threats (16 pts)
    JST498 Foundations in Financial Crime (16)
    JST499 Investigating & Prosecuting Financial Crime (16)

    Master of  Investigations

    As for Graduate Diploma, plus students must complete a further 32 points of subjects, from the following Coursework or Research study options.
    Coursework option

    Students must complete the following core subject
    JST536 - Emerging Issues and Professional Practices in Trans-national Crime Investigations (16 pts)**

    Students also complete one of the following elective subjects:
    GPM508 Radicalisation, De-radicalisation and Counter-radicalisation (16 pts)
    GPM512 Executive Leadership in Law Enforcement and Security (16 pts)
    JST529 Financial Crime: Management & Operational Issues (16 pts)


    Research Option
    JST530 Research Methodology and Dissertation Proposal (16 pts), and
    JST531 Dissertation (16 pts)

    Enrolment pattern

      Session 1

    JST409 Investigations Principles (8 pts)
    JST413 Risk Management (8 pts)

    Session 2

    [ ] Elective
    [ ] Elective

    Students may exit at this point with the Graduate Certificate in Investigations.

    Session 3

    JST497 - Multi Agency Investigations (16pts)

    Session 4

    [ ] Elective
    [ ] Elective

    Students may exit at this point with the Graduate Diploma of Investigations.

    Session 5

    Coursework Option

    Students complete the following core subject:

    JST536 - Emerging Issues and Professional Practices in Trans-national Crime Investigations (16pts)


    Research Option

    JST530 Research Methodology and Dissertation Proposal (16 pts)

    Session 6

    Coursework Option

    Students also complete one of the following elective subjects:

    GPM508 Radicalisation, De-radicalisation and Counter-radicalisation (16 pts)
    JST528 Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing: Operational Issues (16 pts)
    GPM512 Executive Leadership in Law Enforcement and Security (16 pts)
    JST529 Financial Crime: Management & Operational Issues (16 pts)

    Research Option

    JST531 Dissertation (16 pts)


  • Residential schools

    The following subject may have a residential school component:

    JST530 Research Methodology and Dissertation Proposal

  • Admission information

     Applicants must be employed in an investigations role (police or private sector), and have one of the following:

    a) An undergraduate degree in a relevant field
    b) Five years or more as a police officer, with associated in service training
    c) Five years or more non police investigations experience, with associated professional training


    Completed all of the requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Investigations Management at a credit level or above or an equivalent graduate diploma completed at an Australian university or overseas equivalent.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

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

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationManlyCGSYYNEAIN
    DirectDistance EducationManlyFPPGYYYOAIN
    DirectDistance EducationManlyFPOSYYYCAIN
    DirectDistance EducationManlyFPOSYYYJAIN

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 96 points

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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

    Apply online

    Students from the United Kingdom and Canada interested in the Master of Investigations should select the Planned Course of Study with Code CAIN when completing an online application.

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

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    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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  • 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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