Taught course

Cybercrime Investigation

University of Central Lancashire · School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least 2:2 degree or equivalent.
Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits in the light of the nature and scope of the programme and relevant experience.
IELTS: Score of at least 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Cybercrime is a relatively new and growing area for both civil and criminal investigation. Our MSc in Cybercrime Investigation has been developed by law enforcement practitioners to enhance knowledge and practical skills in the areas of behavioural psychology, criminal investigation and the technical aspects of obtaining computer-based evidence.

Aimed at personal professional development for current investigators in the criminal and private sector and as a natural progression for graduates in Computer Forensics, Psychology or Policing.

Modules include Research Skills, Behavioural Dynamics of Cybercrime, Digital Forensic Technology, Open Source Internet Investigation, Policing of cybercrime, and a research project for your dissertation.

Why study with us

  • You’ll develop the knowledge and practical skills to understand psychological, investigative and technical aspects of cybercrime.
  • This course is available in full-time, part-time and distance learning modes of study.
  • The course is delivered in partnership with existing staff members from the School of Psychology and Computer Science, Natural Sciences, and Justice.

What you'll do

  • The course is delivered and taught by experienced academics and former law enforcement investigators with specialist knowledge in computing, psychology and criminal investigation.
  • You’ll make full use of our dedicated facilities, including a Computer Forensic Laboratory and our Hydra Suite.

Learning and assessment

The course is taught as a combination of lectures, practicals and self-directed study to understand criminal behaviour in the area of cybercrime, including the use of computers, mobile devices, networks and open source internet intelligence in a cybercrime investigation.

Module assessments are undertaken by means of coursework, workshops, examination and dissertation.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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