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Accident Investigation

Postgraduate Diploma Online
12 months
27840 AUD/year
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The Accident Investigation programme at CQUniversity Australia develops your advanced level expertise in the investigation and analysis of the factors which lead to accidents and the interventions required to prevent their recurrence.

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Completion of the Graduate Diploma of Accident Investigation at CQUniversity Australia will afford you advanced skills at systematically breaking down the factors leading to an accident and making the necessary findings and conclusions for prevention. As a student of this course you will complete an applied accident investigation project based on a 'real' accident reconstruction at the CQUniversity crash lab.

If you have an interest in responsibility for accident investigations across industry and society, the Graduate Diploma of Accident Investigation is designed for you. 

The course provides core studies in the principles of accident investigation, accident phenomenology, accident forensics, accident analysis and human factors investigation. Students are then able to continue into the Master of Safety Science (Specialisation) and choose a specialist domain (Air, Rail, Road or Industrial). Students choosing this option will gain full credit for completed studies.

Career Opportunities

In the Graduate Diploma of Accident Investigation you will undertake core subjects in the area of Accident Investigation including the areas of human factors, risk management, investigation law, safety systems, accident phenomenology and accident forensics and engineering. This will see you enhancing your career advancement opportunities as a specialist in your chosen area being highly employable in their field of expertise across both the private and public sectors.

The increasing focus on safety and health, together with global business and public sector emphasis on achieving reduced costs and higher reliability have resulted in the graduates of the CQU accident investigation units, being highly sought after by a range of industries including mining, manufacturing, maritime, aviation, defence, transport and logistics, health, consultancy and also government departments and authorities such as the police force.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Safety and Accident Phenomenology
  • Investigation Principles and Analysis
  • Investigation of Human Factors
  • Accident Forensics and Engineering
  • Crash Lab Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




48 alternative credits



English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS Code: 00219C

Students are required to possess

  • an undergraduate degree; or
  • five years experience in a safety science related role in upper or middle management; or
  • three years experience in a safety science related role and a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or Work Health and Safety.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27840 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27840 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

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