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MSc Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption Studies

Course Description

Why take this course?

Our degree has been specifically designed to meet a growing call for professional counter fraud and corruption staff in public and private sector organisations. This agenda for professionalism has encouraged investment in staff through relevant training and education, such as is provided in this course.

The course can be studied on campus or through distance learning.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Follow a challenging programme of study that will enhance your knowledge and skills of counter fraud and counter corruption
Explore and evaluate the latest research on the extent and nature of fraud and corruption in a diverse range of locations, as well as the strategies that are used to combat them

What opportunities might it lead to?

Given the broad range of issues considered and the skills acquired throughout the degree programme, you will graduate with a portfolio of knowledge and abilities that supports a diverse range of career development opportunities in this field.

Module Details

You will study the following core units:

Countering Fraud and Corruption in the Public and Private Sectors (30 credits)
Research Methods and Research Management (30 credits)
International Fraud and Corruption (30 credits)
15,000-word Dissertation (60 credits)

You will also be able to choose one optional unit:

Cybercrime, Security and Risk Management (30 credits)
International and Transnational Offending (30 credits)
Investigation and Psychology (30 credits)
Policing and Police Reform (30 credits) (campus-based only)
Substance Misuse, Crime and the Criminal Justice System (30 credits) (campus-based only)

Please note that all options are subject to minimum student numbers and may not all be available.

Please note that the course structure may vary from year to year; course content and learning opportunities will not be diminished by this.

Programme Assessment

All ICJS campus-based students will be assigned a personal tutor, responsible for pastoral support and guidance, and have access to wider university support services including careers, financial advice, housing, counselling etc. through our dedicated Student Services Centre.

Assessment is based upon a range of written assignments including essays, case study, a literature review and research proposal focussed on your chosen project, and finally a 15,000-word dissertation. For each assignment full academic support is provided by an academic subject expert and you will be provided with an academic supervisor once you have identified the subject area of your dissertation.

Student Destinations

Students enrol on this award to further develop their professional expertise on counter fraud and corruption counter measures and strategies, or help support a career change or specialisation in this direction. Our students include those from the UK, Europe, and the Middle East that are employed in the private and public sector either working in the field of counter and/or corruption or some related discipline. The students that have completed the MSc have found it worthwhile and useful for promotion.

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

(Student Profile)

Caroline Denham

What made you decide to come to University of Portsmouth to study?
I chose the course as it linked closely to my professional role, with the syllabus giving me the opportunity to focus on subjects of interest to me, and I knew the University of Portsmouth had a good reputation for criminal justice studies.

How have you found your course?
I liked the flexibility of the distance learning Masters and was able to combine work, family and course commitments by studying over three years. The annual Study School sessions on essay writing, and clarify points with the Institute staff as I progressed, were particularly useful. The structured feedback for each assignment enabled me to hone my academic skills, both research and writing, which has benefited me at work.

How have you found life at the University?
In completing the Masters I have a strong sense of achievement and fulfilment, and an enhanced CV allowing me to couple 20 years of law enforcement experience with academic skills in my specialist area. There were also benefits to my employer and partner organisations, with the findings of my dissertation being presented at an international conference.

The course has certainly given me an edge for career development. Since completing I successfully applied for promotion.


Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, applicants with strong relevant criminal justice experience will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5. Campus-based applicants require a minimum score of 6.0 in all individual components.

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