UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Graduate Diploma in Criminal Investigation

This course is designed for professionals (lawyers, police and others) working in the justice system. Two key aspects of criminal investigations are addressed in detail—the law of evidence in investigations, and the principles of forensic investigation. The course offers an advanced tertiary level understanding of these principles in an applied context, drawing upon the practical experience of lecturers and students.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleGraduate Diploma in Criminal Investigation
Award abbreviationGradDipCrimInv
Course code52390
Course typepostgraduate diploma
Statusnot available in 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
Intake periodsThroughout the year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1 year
Time limit4 years
Delivery modemulti-mode
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Winthrop Professor Ian Dadour

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Note: This course is not available in 2017.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2017;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Take all units (24 points):

N/AFNSC5501Evidence in Investigations 1
N/AFNSC5502Evidence in Investigations 2
N/AFNSC5507Contemporary Issues in Investigation Management
N/AFNSC5508Introduction to Forensic Science

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

Group A

N/AFNSC5518Forensic Science and Policing
N/AFNSC5519Forensic DNA and the Law
 FNSC5520Criminal Behaviour
S1FNSC5611Ethics and Research Methods in Forensic Science
S1FNSC5612Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method
N/AFNSC5613Introduction to Forensic Chemistry
S2FNSC5614Forensic Archaeology—Theory and Method
S2FNSC5615Medicolegal Death Investigation
 FNSC5616Digital Imaging in Forensic Science
 FNSC5617Forensics and Information Technology
 FNSC5618Special Topic in Forensic Science

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.



Note: This course is not available in 2017.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; or

(ii) a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Investigation within the past four years, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA, and the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent; or

(iii) relevant qualifications and experience considered by UWA to be equivalent to (a) (i);


(b) a current National Police Certificate1, or equivalent certification, indicating no criminal conviction;


(c) a current certificate of tetanus protection.

1Currency of a National Police Certificate is 12 months.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 51290 Graduate Certificate in Criminal Investigation (24 points)
  • 52390 Graduate Diploma in Criminal Investigation (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Graduate Diploma in Criminal Investigation course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules


13.(1) The Faculty may grant credit towards the course for Level 4 or 5 units successfully completed, as recognised by the Faculty, to a maximum value of 12 points.

(2) Credit may be granted for—

(a) coursework completed as part of an approved course at this or another recognised tertiary institution;


(b) coursework completed through Continuing Education at this University;


(c) work completed in courses provided by professional providers or private educational institutions.

(3) Credit granted for work described in (2) (b) must not exceed six points.

(4) Credit granted for work described in (2) (c) must not exceed six points.