Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Master's Flexible Framework: Counter Fraud

counter fraud
Advanced training to combat fraud and corruption

Why take this course?

This subject area 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.

What will I experience?

You will follow a challenging programme of study that will enhance your knowledge and skills of counter fraud and counter corruption. In addition, you will 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?

The development of professional expertise for senior and/or managerial staff: giving expertise on counter fraud and corruption counter action, and strategies. This may support a career change, or further professional specialisation in the field of studies.

I chose Portsmouth because it is a reputable institution in the area of criminal justice education and also for the high standard of teaching and student welfare in the UK.

Marvin Adim Nwaefulu, MSc Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption Studies student 2013

Course structure

There are two available routes to study this subject area, which will be reflected in your degree title awarded:

Route A focuses on one subject area, studying a Subject Core unit and relevant Specialist Option. You will also have a free choice to study any other Option.

Route B combines two subject areas, studying two Subject Core units and a relevant Specialist Option.

This means you will study the following 30 credit units:

  • Countering Fraud and Corruption
  • additional Subject Core OR Free Option
  • Specialist Option (see below)
  • Research Methods / Research Ethics

Plus your 15,000-word Dissertation / Major Project (60 credits)

If you wish to follow the Route B, then please see the relevant webpage for your second subject area for additional subject specific information.

Specialist Options, relating to this subject area:

  • International Fraud and Corruption
  • Managing Investigations
  • Online Governance and Regulation (campus only)
  • International and Transnational Offending (distance learning only)

Teaching and Assessment

Campus teaching consists of a range of activities such as seminars, lectures and workshops, with multimedia support materials provided within a virtual learning environment (Moodle). For Distance Learning students, multimedia learning materials and study support is provided online via a virtual learning environment (Moodle).

Distance learning student support

Students are supported initially through Orientation and Induction, and then via academic staff for each Unit of Study. Pastoral support is provided by your Personal Tutor, and then your Supervisor once appointed. 

Campus-based student support

Students are supported initially through an induction week, and then via academic staff for each Unit of Study. Pastoral support is provided by your Personal Tutor, and then your Supervisor once appointed.

Students will have access to University support services including careers, financial advice, housing, counselling and can benefit from language development opportunities.

Further study support

Full spectrum library support services and academic skills development is provided, along with dedicated Learning Support Tutors.

How are you assessed?

These may comprise a range of assignments such as essays, case studies, blogs, presentations and a research proposal for your final project. You will then complete a 15,000-word Dissertation / Major Project. Academic feedback is provided on all assignments and full academic support is provided by subject experts. All assignment are submitted online.

Careers and Opportunities

Students undertake this subject 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 studies in this area have found it worthwhile and useful for promotion.

Exit titles

Campus (Full and Part Time) and Distance Learning:

  • MSc Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption;
  • MSc​​ Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption and Criminology;
  • MSc Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption and Intelligence;
  • MSc Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption and Criminal Justice;
  • MSc Crime Science and Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption;
  • MSc Criminal Psychology and Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption;
  • MSc Cybercrime and Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption;
  • MSc Security Management and Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption

Distance Learning:

  • MSc Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption and Policing, Policy & Leadership;
  • MSc Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption and International Criminal Justice.

Applications

Make applications through the MSc Criminal Justice page:

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