Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Investigation and Criminal Justice

General information

The Centre for Extended Legal Studies (CELS unit) in the School of Law, UKZN, invites applications from candidates wishing to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Investigation and Criminal Justice (PDFICJ).

This Diploma provides working professionals (not necessarily accountants or lawyers) with the knowledge and skills necessary to specialise in the field of forensic investigative auditing – a specialised branch of forensic investigation, which uses intelligence-gathering techniques, together with accounting, legal and communication skills, to investigate and provide evidence of crimes of a financial or commercial nature.

The FICJ programme is offered part-time (only) over two years and consists of seven (7) modules at NQF level 8 (six 16-credit single semester modules in the first year and one year-long 32-credit module in the second year). All modules will be delivered primarily by means of online teaching, with minimal on-campus activity. Students will require a stable internet connection and a suitable device, such as a desktop or laptop, and sufficient data, provided at their own cost. Students will also need to be computer literate.

Programme structure

The programme consists of 128 credits in total, at NQF level 8, taught on a part-time basis (only) over a two-year period. The programme is structured as follows:
ModuleSemester / Year
Substantive Criminal Law (16 credits)First semester (Year 1)
Criminal Procedure & Evidence (16 credits)First semester (Year 1)
Financial Accounting & Auditing (16 credits)First semester (Year 1)
Civil Remedies for Economic Crime (16 credits)Second semester (Year 1)
Forensic Investigation Techniques (16 credits)Forensic Investigation Techniques (16 credits)
Forensic Investigative Accounting (16 credits)Second semester (Year 1)
Forensic Reporting (32 cp) Full Year (Year 2)

Entrance requirements

The requirements are an appropriate Bachelor’s degree, or a one-year Advanced Diploma or CFE qualification (NQF level 7), plus relevant working experience. Places in the programme are limited, however, and meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission. Selection will be based primarily on academic merit, taking all previous qualifications into account, but working experience may also be taken into account where appropriate.

Fees for 2024

The module fees for 2024 have not yet been determined. The fee for 2023 was R4 660 for a 16-credit module. Please expect a 5% to 10% increase in fees for 2024.  

How to apply

Apply online here  an application fee of R250-00 is payable. Your application must be accompanied by a 1-page letter of motivation, indicating why you are interested in this programme and whether your studies will be self-funded or paid for by a sponsor or bursary. The following documents must be uploaded with your application:
  • Certified copy of ID
  • Certified copy of Matric Certificate
  • Certified copy of ALL Tertiary Certificates
  • Full Academic Transcripts from ALL tertiary institutions where you have studied
  • Detailed CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • Proof of payment of application fee
Kindly note that applications submitted with incomplete information/documentation and/or without payment of the correct application fee cannot be considered and may be summarily declined. Please ensure that you have all documents to hand before you start the application process. Please email any queries or requests for assistance to the Programme Administrator, Mrs Helga Stiglingh, at PLEASE NOTE: The PDFICJ programme is a Self-funded Teaching Programme and, as such, students are not eligible for NSFAS funding, financial concessions, or university residence. Students will be required to obtain financial clearance each year before registration. This will require the settlement IN FULL of any outstanding fees (an AOD will not suffice).

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