Study the threat of cybercrime and ways to resist it

2yrsPart Time 1yrFull Time

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Why take this course?

This programme will help you join and create the next generation of cybercrime research and investigation experts in both professional and academic research fields.

You will study the critical knowledge and analytical skills needed to meet the growing challenges of cybercrime, allowing you to facilitate investigations and to operate as a link between the traditional police officer and the technological forensic investigators.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Experience high-level academic experts in cybercrime, whilst drawing upon relevant specialist industry, policing and government expertise via an external speaker programme.
  • Undertake a supervised research project with the opportunity for staff-student collaborative research and/or research projects for industry.
  • Engage in practical scenarios to deconstruct cybercrime issues, gain unique skills to develop appropriate strategies against the cybercrime threat and be in a position to be a future leader in tackling cybercrime.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Existing professional links between the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies and academic researchers will lead to a clear understanding of both the academic research and professional employment prospects for graduates. This includes, for example, the existing relationship with the Hampshire High Tech Crime Unit, as well as the National Crime Agency, and the consequent research collaboration opportunities from both of these organisations.

The applied nature of the course, with engagement from expert practioners and opportunities for research projects and internships, will help you prepare for a role in the public or private sector, potentially investigating hacking, online drug markets, the dark web, sexual exploitation/child protection online and more.

Key Facts

(Distance Learning route starts September 2018)

1 year full time, 2 years part time, 3 years part time distance learning
2017 entry requirements
A second-class honours degree in a relevant social science subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or training within a criminal justice organisation or private cybercrime and security sectors. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry:

Full time: £4,700
Part time: £2,350 p/a * 

International students
2017/18 entry:

Full time: £12,600
Part time: £6,300 p/a * 

*Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

Full-time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
Part-time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

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Core units:

  • Cybercrime: Critical Perspectives
  • Online Governance and Regulation
  • Research Methods and Research Management
  • Dissertation

You will take one further optional unit, chosen from:

  • Dangerous Offenders and Vulnerable Victims
  • The Global Landscape of Cybersecurity
  • Investigation and Psychology

Additional opportunities to gain professional qualifications include:

  • Accredited Counter Fraud Technician – Foundation Level (ACFTech)
  • Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist – Foundation Level (ACFS)
  • Certificate of Knowledge in Policing (CKP)

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

Teaching and Assessment

Campus teaching will be undertaken by multidisciplinary academic experts in the field of cybercrime research and investigation, with additional specialist guest speakers from industry, police and government. Sessions will range from lectures and seminars covering theoretical material, to interactive workshops applying knowledge and skills.

How are you assessed?

Forms of assessment are academic and applied including:

  • Traditional academic essays and presentations
  • Practitioner reports and risk assessments
  • Group project work
  • Literature review and research proposal, and
  • Research project thesis.

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Monitor Facilities & Features


The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies was founded in 1992 and has since grown to comprise 50 academic staff and more than 1,800 students. Now an internationally-renowned focal point for the study of crime and criminal justice processes, it draws together expertise in criminological analysis, applied psychology, police governance and management, victimology, penology, risk and security.

Professional Links

Our extensive experience and close professional relationships with the police service and criminal justice agencies ensure that our courses reflect the changing needs of the profession. You may benefit from these links by hearing guest speakers, listening to leading-edge research and being supported in finding professional work placements.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

Other costs to consider

There may be travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placement and can range from £50 - £1000.

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Career prospects

Our graduates have taken up roles in:

  • academia
  • cybersecurity
  • policing
  • military
  • civil Service
  • government

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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We will confirm the dates of events related to 2018 entry soon.

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Further information

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