Taught course

Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption Studies (Distance Learning)

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. Distance learning applicants require a minimum score of 6.0 in Reading and Writing 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)
  • Managing Justice and Security Organisations (30 credits) (distance-learning 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 distance learning students are supported in the initial stages by the extended Induction Programme (online and face-to-face). Immediately following Induction, an engagement officer proactively ensures any issues are resolved rapidly, and thereafter personal support is provided by your Course Leader for the duration of your studies.

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
distance learning: £2,100 p/a* (for the first two years of study only.) *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
International students
distance learning: £2,100 p/a* (for the first two years of study only.) *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
36 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team - Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
023 9284 3933