University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption Studies

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.

Entry requirements

A 2nd-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.

Course modules

You will study the following core modules: 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 option module from a list which may include: 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); managing justice and security organisations (30 credits) (distance-learning only).

Assessment methods

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,700 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 12,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 4,700 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

Key information

Admissions Team, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Telephone number: 
023 9284 8299