This course equips you with the key skills to pursue a career in cybercrime detection and investigation. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the legal and technical elements of cybercrime - without having to be a law or technology insider already.
Tackling an urgent problem
Cybercrime costs the UK economy at least £27 billion a year.* The main loser is UK business which suffers from high levels of intellectual property theft and industrial espionage but there is a considerable impact on citizens and government too.
Offering both a practical and academic focus, our MSc takes an in-depth look at the rapidly changing forms of crime which involve the use of technology and digital media. The course has been introduced at a time when there is a growing need for skilled professionals who can detect and prevent cybercrime and have the capacity to undertake thorough e-investigations.
At least a 2:2 from your first degree, or equivalent
If your first language is not English you will need to evidence a proficiency in English (IELTS 7)
We also welcome applicants who do not have a first degree but who have substantial and relevant professional experience.
If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria contact the Programme Leader who will be happy to supply further advice.
The course is made up of three stages - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.
You’ll study these modules:
Evidence and Digital Investigation
You’ll examine the legalities surrounding recovery of evidence from hardware, including digital storage media. This module explores ways of monitoring or examining digital information devices for forensic or security purposes and the rules covering how facts may be proved in a court of law.
Cybercrime and Internet
Exploring the evolution, relevance, nature and forms of cybercrime, this module also takes an in-depth look at international responses to - and policing of - cyber criminality.
Applied Research in Criminal Justice Systems
You’ll develop the skills, knowledge and practical expertise to undertake advanced applied research at masters level. You will receive training in qualitative and quantitative research and you will consider the politics and ethics of research.
You’ll study this module:
Investigation and Prosecution of Cybercrime
This module addresses issues relating to the investigation and prosecution of transnational crime and covers how businesses and criminals alike use information technologies to target customers and victims.
You’ll also choose two optional modules from the following:
Business Crime - covering the challenges facing organisations when dealing with white collar crime
Clinic - a chance to address, under close supervision, legal issues arising from a real client base in either a work placement or through problems brought to the University
Data Protection, Privacy and Freedom of Information Law - exploring legislation concerning personal privacy which aims to help society work towards transparency, accountability and democracy
Information and Communication Technology Law - examining laws applying to the control and operation of the internet, communication systems and interactive technologies
Intellectual Property in the Digital Age - considering the legal principles and procedures covering ownership, use and control of information in the context of the internet and other media
Investigating Sexual Offences - looking at the sociological history of sexual offences, the impact of the internet and how society can protect citizens
Open Source Intelligence and Privacy - exploring how businesses and agencies collect private and personal data through open and covert means
Transnational Organised Crime - analysing the role of international law and international co-operation in preventing transnational organised crime
Vulnerable Victims and Witnesses - following an investigation from the first steps of identifying a vulnerable victim or witness through to trial, with case studies outlining potential pitfalls and solutions
You’ll study this module:
Independent Study in Investigation
During this triple module, you will use the knowledge and intellectual skills you’ve gained to carry out an extensive investigation of a significant topic.
Cybercrime is a developing and expanding area. Anyone who uses a computer is susceptible to cybercrime - so experts are increasingly required to prevent and detect it.
You can pursue a career in detection, investigation and prosecution in all areas of civil and criminal law. In addition, many corporate institutions are starting to recruit specialists in this area or to contract work to independent e-investigators.
Ongoing careers support
Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with help, guidance and support from day one of your course - and for up to three years after you’ve completed your studies.
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