Taught course

Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption Studies

University of Portsmouth · Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, applicants with strong relevant criminal justice experience will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5. Campus-based applicants require a minimum score of 6.0 in all individual components.

Months of entry


Course content

Why take this course?

Our degree 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.

The course can be studied on campus or through distance learning.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Follow a challenging programme of study that will enhance your knowledge and skills of counter fraud and counter corruption
  • 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?

Given the broad range of issues considered and the skills acquired throughout the degree programme, you will graduate with a portfolio of knowledge and abilities that supports a diverse range of career development opportunities in this field.

Module Details

You will study the following core units:

  • Countering Fraud and Corruption in the Public and Private Sectors (30 credits)
  • Research Methods and Research Management (30 credits)
  • International Fraud and Corruption (30 credits)
  • 15,000-word Dissertation (60 credits)

You will also be able to choose one optional unit:

  • Cybercrime, Security and Risk Management (30 credits)
  • International and Transnational Offending (30 credits)
  • Investigation and Psychology (30 credits)
  • Policing and Police Reform (30 credits) (campus-based only)
  • Substance Misuse, Crime and the Criminal Justice System (30 credits) (campus-based only)

Please note that all options are subject to minimum student numbers and may not all be available.

Please note that the course structure may vary from year to year; course content and learning opportunities will not be diminished by this.

Programme Assessment

All ICJS campus-based students will be assigned a personal tutor, responsible for pastoral support and guidance, and have access to wider university support services including careers, financial advice, housing, counselling etc. through our dedicated Student Services Centre.

Assessment is based upon a range of written assignments including essays, case study, a literature review and research proposal focussed on your chosen project, and finally a 15,000-word dissertation. For each assignment full academic support is provided by an academic subject expert and you will be provided with an academic supervisor once you have identified the subject area of your dissertation.

Student Destinations

Students enrol on this award 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 MSc have found it worthwhile and useful for promotion.

Fees and funding

UK students
full time £4,700 p/a
International students
full time £12,000 p/a

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team - Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
023 9284 3933