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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Finance

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 18 months, Part-time: 36 months

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    07 September 2018

Course content

  • Advance your investigative career in the public or private sector
  • Develop the skills you need to apply modern investigative techniques, both financial and digital
  • Respond to the diversity of crime and victimisation with evidence-based policy, research and investigative strategy and tactics
  • Use our practitioner-focused platform to pursue your interests and develop your chosen topic area to produce a novel contribution to the literature and field of practice
  • Engage with a programme that has been designed by practitioners, for practitioners

The MSc Financial Investigation and Digital Intelligence will place a consistent focus on the study of professional investigative practice across the following themes

  • Focusing on financial and digital investigation and intelligence in the context of the discipline of criminology, whilst drawing upon selected insights from specialist fields
  • The theoretical and conceptual challenge of what investigation should look like, and the challenges of implementation in practice
  • A shift in mind-set and the use of lateral thinking to disentangle and critically assess problems to identify opportunities for effective practice using financial and digital techniques
  • Assess criminality and victimisation through the medium of financial and digital techniques, and the footprint that these create for investigative purposes

Each of these fields provide a base of principles, knowledge and intellectual skills, subject specific skills and transferable skills that underpins the expectation level for the professional practitioner and the postgraduate student.

The MSc Financial Investigation and Digital Intelligence is based on the specific context of practitioners operating under UK legislation, policy and regulation. Most of the principles will be generically applicable to many countries, and the programme will include selected reference to benchmarks for international standards and frameworks for cross-border collaboration between the public sector (law enforcement) and private sector. 

This programme is designed to appeal to the graduate student, practitioners, and investigators with interests in issues such as cybercrime, fraud, organised crime, money laundering, terrorist finance, crime scripting, victimology and criminology.  

How you will learn

You will study via a mixture of lectures, seminars and group work. Some elements of the course may be delivered via e-learning through group discussion boards and electronic resources, this enabling some degree of flexibility for you to study when it is convenient for you.

There is also a focus on being reflective, encouraging you to think about how the course is helping you to improve your professional and career development.

Flexible study options

Alongside the 18 month full-time route to the MSc which is spread across 3 semesters (autumn and spring semester in year 1, and autumn semester in year 2), we also offer a 36 month part-time route so that you can study at a time and pace to suit you.

How you will be assessed

Candidates will be assessed by their application of a practical or theoretical theme with respect to the prescribed essay and learning objectives for each module. They will select a relevant and topical challenge of choice, in relation to professional practice, law-enforcement, victim-engagement or crime prevention.

Candidates who are completing the MSc stage will develop and submit for assessment an empirical dissertation research project on a relevant and topical challenge of their choice.

Careers

The MSc Financial and Digital Intelligence has been designed to relate skills and application in professional investigative practice within law enforcement and the private sector. The success of candidates in potentially securing employment or further educational opportunities is embedded in the self-directed nature of the programme. 

Our masters-level candidates are encouraged to pursue (where they are not already employed in a related field) institutional access and collaboration for research as well as possible placement and internship opportunities. The integration between research and practical experience is very important for candidates to express and pursue their interests, whilst developing their skills and access to networks which may facilitate career opportunities.


Visit the Financial Investigation and Digital Intelligence (MSc) page on the University of Derby website for more details!

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