Taught course

Economic Crime (Distance Learning)

University of Portsmouth · School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject (Social Science, Humanities, Law, Psychology, or Management subject). Information Technology or science related subjects will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with equivalent professional experience in a relevant organisation will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content


Start your career in countering economic crime, or if you're already working in the field and want to aim for higher level roles, get the knowledge and skills you need on this MSc Economic Crime degree course. Choose to study full-time or part-time on campus, or part-time by distance learning.

You'll explore and evaluate the intricacies of economic crime and its social and financial impacts. You'll get to grips with existing crime reduction policies and weigh up their effectiveness.

Choose specialist topics that interest you – such as countering corruption and fraud examination, terrorism and security, and managing intelligence – as you tailor your studies toward a career in law enforcement, investigations, compliance, research, analysis, management or policy development.

When you graduate, you'll be equipped with skills that will open further opportunities to combat economic crime across the criminal justice system, in the public or private sector.

Course highlights

  • Evaluate the scale and impact of international economic crime, with a focus on money laundering and related activity, such as global sanctions and terrorist financing
  • Learn from an experienced team of economic crime specialists in our School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and hear from industry expert guest speakers from around the world
  • Be part of our community of researchers by getting involved with our criminology research centres, such as the Centre for Cybercrime and Economic Crime, the Economic Crime group, and the Cybercrime and Cybersecurity group
  • Have the opportunity to use our lab equipment to carry out your own research, such as our operational simulation spaces
  • Interact and explore economic crime with fellow professionals from the field of criminal justice
  • Get free student membership to the Institute of Money Laundering Prevention Officers (The Institute), which includes access to industry events, discussions and forums
  • Choose to study part-time by distance learning alongside your role - such as in law enforcement, the private or public sector - and build a professional network of criminal justice specialists from across the world

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert career support from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Business and Law Career-Ready Programme. This support will continue for 5 years after you graduate.

Career support

You'll benefit from:

- Networking events

- Regular emails from the Career Ready Programme sharing job opportunities, application tips and events

- Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council

- Workshops to enhance your employability skills

- Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair

- 1-to-1 appointments

- CV and cover letter advice

- Interview preparation and practice

- Support starting your own business

Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master's prepares you for

According to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), fraud and economic crime is now the most commonly experienced crime in England and Wales. When you graduate from this Master's in Economic Crime, you'll be equipped with the tools you need to not only understand economic crime and how it is countered, but also to challenge existing processes and make improvements.

You'll have a comprehensive understanding of economic crime and will be able to work in areas such as counter fraud and counter corruption, law enforcement, customs and excise, crime prevention and community safety.

You'll gain a tailored postgraduate qualification to add to your undergraduate degree, or to back up your existing career knowledge from the field. You'll delve deep into the subjects you choose to study through research, gaining an evidence-based perspective and a greater ability to be analytical and evaluative.

If you already work in the field of criminal justice, you'll be ready to pursue higher-level roles, or to break into a different area of the discipline. If you're yet to embark on your career, you'll gain the knowledge and advanced research problem-solving skills you need to stand out to employers and contribute positively to justice system reform.

You could also go on to further study, or progress on to a graduate scheme such as PoliceNow or the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme.

Graduates of this course can go on to roles such as:
  • economic crime or counter fraud investigator

  • police or law enforcement officer

  • probation or prison officer

  • data analyst

  • intelligence analyst

  • cybersecurity

Graduates of this course can go on to work for organisations such as:
  • the Civil Service
  • national and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
  • Government agencies and departments internationally
  • probation and prison service
  • the Courts
  • local administration / authorities
  • private security companies
  • charities

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

University Admissions Centre
+44 (0)23 9284 5566