Taught course

Cybercrime (Distance Learning)

University of Portsmouth · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent, professional experience and/ or qualifications will be considered. 
English language proficiency at IELTS level 6.5 with no component score below 6.5 (or other acceptable proof), if English is not your first language

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Do you want to be part of the next generation of cybercrime research and investigation experts? This MSc Cybercrime degree course will improve your technical, investigative and academic skills, pushing you to your career and study goals.

You'll get the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the challenges of cybersecurity, carry out investigations and operate as a link between the police and technological forensic investigators. You'll explore themes like the Dark Web, illegal file sharing and hacking, and get to grips with the challenges faced by criminal justice agencies, businesses and governments in the face of cybercrime.

You'll also get to choose from Core Subjects like Criminology and Security Management, and Specialist Options including Online Governance and Regulation, depending on the career path you want to take.

On this course, you'll:

  • Hear the debates surrounding the causes of cybercrime, digital investigations and the methods and motivations of cyber criminals
  • Have the option to complete a work placement with an organisation such as the Digital Forensic Group at Hampshire Constabulary
  • Customise your degree to meet your career goals
  • Learn from experts in cybercrime, policing and government
  • Have 24/7 access to our library resources, including books, ejournals and newspapers
  • Complete a major project, based on your chosen area of research, with the support of qualified and enthusiastic staff who are experts in the field
  • Careers and opportunities

    You'll graduate from the MSc Cybercrime degree course with the skills needed for a successful career in the field of cybersecurity. You'll be competent in developing strategies against cybercrime threats, and your skills will be in demand in organisations such as criminal justice agencies, local government, businesses and charities. You'll also benefit from our links with Hampshire High Tech Crime Unit and the National Crime Agency.

    You can also move on to further PhD study in cybercrime from a legal, technical or investigatory perspective.

    We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through our close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

    Work experience and career planning

    We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

    When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the cybersecurity industry.

    After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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+44 (0)23 9400 3692