36 months

Starting Date

February, July, November

Tuition Fee

AUD $21,280 per year 





About the program

Designed for serving police officers who intend pursuing a career in investigation, enrolment in the program is restricted to those officers in policing, or other relevant organisations, who are designated as ‘detective’ or who are working towards that qualification in their organisation.

The Policing (Investigations) program from Charles Sturt University is a nationally recognised and registered award in tertiary education. The course aims to enhance your capabilities by building upon your existing knowledge of investigative practice and procedure.

It is designed to complement existing in-service investigation programs or their equivalent. The course aims to foster critical reflection upon the ethical, legal and practical issues that impact upon criminal investigation.

Subjects are delivered entirely online, enabling you to carry out your study when and where is most suitable to you. The program is designed to enhance knowledge and practice in the areas of evidence, accountability and ethics, investigation, intelligence and investigation management. Core investigative subjects are complemented by elective subjects that expand on a wide range of current and emerging policing investigation practice areas, including terrorism, organised crime, and forensic science. Successful completion of the course will provide you with the opportunity to improve and critically reflect on your professional capacity.

This course has been designed in extensive consultation with police, the justice community and academics. This ensures subjects are vocationally relevant and up-to-date, producing ethical and professional graduates ready for a rapidly changing police and community environment.

Career opportunities

The course has been developed in close conjunction with experienced police investigators. It is designed to meet the career needs of police officers engaged in the field of investigation.

  • Use your advanced investigative skills and strategies to secure and validate critical intelligence, including confessions, statements, testimony and offender profiling.
  • Lead high-level investigation activities across a wide range of jurisdictions towards early identification of emerging crime risks and issues.
  • Collaborate across Australian and international agencies to develop intelligence and deliver operational responses to national security threats.

Courses Included

  • Applying Criminology to Crime Reduction
  • Indigenous Communities and Policing.
  • Evidence and Investigation
  • Criminal Law and Investigation Management
  • Accountability and Policing
  • Information and Investigation
  • Investigative Interviewing
  • Crime Reduction

Interested? Get started today!