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There's never been a greater need for counter fraud and counter corruption experts – and our MSc Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption degree course gives you the chance to the growing ranks in the private and public sectors.

On this course, you'll study current research on the extent and nature of fraud and corruption, and the strategies used to combat them. You'll choose from core subjects like criminology and cybercrime, and choose your specialisms, including International Fraud and Corruption, International and Transnational Offending and Managing Investigations, depending on the career path you want to pursue.

You can choose to study full or part-time, either on campus or through distance learning.

This course has been developed in partnership with the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board, the Department for Work and Pensions, and the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service.

That means when you graduate, you'll have all the skills you need for a successful career in the criminal justice sector, or related fields, and transferable skills which will support your career development.

What you'll experience

  • Follow a challenging programme, covering key issues and debates in fraud and corruption
  • Benefit from our local, national and international links with the criminal justice sector
  • Customise your degree to meet your career goals
  • Draw on the expertise and facilities in our Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Learn through our supported distance learning programme, which gives you the flexibility to fit your studies in around other commitments
  • Have 24/7 access to the extensive facilities in our university library, including books, ejournals and newspapers
  • Complete a major project, based on your chosen area of research, with the support of qualified and enthusiastic staff who are experts in the field

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the counter fraud and counter corruption field.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


Teaching on this course includes:

  • seminars
  • lectures
  • workshops
  • virtual learning

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • case studies
  • blogs
  • presentations
  • research proposal
  • dissertation or major project

Careers and opportunities

Once you've graduated, you'll have advanced knowledge and transferable skills which are valuable in, and beyond, the criminal justice sector.

Career opportunities include:

  • Counter fraud and counter corruption
  • Law enforcement
  • Customs and excise
  • Crime prevention
  • Community safety
  • PhD research

We'll give you as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Visit the Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption MSc page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!





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