Taught course

Cybercrime (Distance Learning)

University of Portsmouth · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

To join this course, you must have:

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, May, September

Course content

As more people and services look to digital technologies, the risks and threats of cybercrime continue to grow. This has exposed a shortfall in experienced cybercrime investigators. Study our MSc Cybercrime and join the next generation of cybercrime researchers and investigators.

With an MSc in Cybercrime, you'll gain the skills needed to meet the demand for experienced cybercrime investigators and help make the online world a safer place.

On this course, you'll focus on the acts of cybercrime and the criminals behind them.

You'll discover the motivations and behavioural aspects behind cybercrime and other online deviant behaviours such as harassment and bullying, to find out what leads people to harm others on the web.

The critical and analytical knowledge you develop will ready you to act as a link between traditional police officers and technological forensic investigators.

You'll take a global approach to cybercrime and investigate the international cooperation needed to tackle it.

You’ll also have opportunities to collaborate with specialists in the cybercrime field, through The University of Portsmouth's Cybercrime Awareness Clinic, and our affiliations with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), local constabularies and regional organised crime units.

This course will give you the skills to pursue a career in combating cybercrime.

On this course, you'll:

Take a holistic approach to cybercrime, developing critical thinking around responses to technological, human, legal and management perspectives

Investigate sociological and criminological aspects of cybercrime, identifying offender characteristics and the main victims of cybercrime

Collaborate with experienced personnel such as members of Hampshire Police and the Crime Commissioner’s Office on your dissertation/major project

Explore debates surrounding the causes of cybercrimes, digital investigations and the methods and motivations of cybercriminals

Assess new harms online such as bullying, harassment and technology-facilitated sexual violence, as well as potential shortfalls in legislation

After graduating from MSc Cybercrime, you’ll have the technical skills necessary to pursue a career in helping preserve cybersecurity and the critical thinking and social awareness needed to understand online behaviour.

With your specialist knowledge, you could become a central player in organisations such as the police, as cybercrime is an ever-evolving sector that demands someone with a firm grip on the subject.

Your skills will be particularly in demand within law enforcement and local government, where you can benefit from our connections with the Hampshire Police and National Crime Agency. With the skills and expertise you’ll gain on this course, you could go on to a career as a:

Behaviour analyst

Information security officer

Risk management analyst

Intelligence analyst

Police officer/investigator


Discover key terms that industry professionals need to know with our Cybercrime glossary:

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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