Computer Science & IT
Cybercrime and Digital Investigation (Part-Time)
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Cybercrime and Digital Investigation (Part-Time)

Middlesex University
London, Great Britain
215 Points
2 Years

Program Description

As our lives become increasingly digitised the scope and potential impact of cybercrime is becoming ever broader. In both the business and personal worlds, cyber criminals have the ability to cause considerable harm from remote locations, with numerous industry reports* estimating that the global cost of cybercrime has grown to rival that of the illegal drugs trade. From financial theft to child abuse, cybercrime can take many forms, and the need for skilled professionals capable of tackling these problems will only grow as smart, connected devices increasingly become the norm.

This master's degree is designed to provide you with an understanding of the criminological, legal and research context of cybercrime. Furthermore, it aims to equip you with an understanding of computing skills and capabilities that will help to respond to online threats to personal information as well as to organisational environments.

Entry Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree
Degree from State Technical Insitute (TEI)
English Level
Michigan Proficiency (ECPE)
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
International Baccalaureate
Pearson Test of Academic Engl.
TOEFL (internet based)
Required Documents
Certified Copy of the Degree Certificate/Diploma
Certified Copy of the English Certification
ID Certified Copy
Passport Certified Copy
Personal Statement - Motivation Letter
Detailed Transcript
Academic Reference Letter (1st)
Student Visa
Academic Reference Letter (2nd)

Information about qualifications:

  • A degree or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject (i.e. criminology; social sciences)

Other accepted qualifications:

  • A degree, or equivalent qualification
  • We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications.
  • Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate three years' relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

Alternative English language requirements:

  • ESB ESOL International: Level 2‐Step 1
  • European Baccalaureate Language 1: Grade 7.0
  • European Baccalaureate Language 2: Grade 7.0
  • Language Cert International ESOL B2 SELT (SELT version ONLY): B2 High Pass overall and min 33/50 in each skill
  • Duolingo: Overall 110

More information:

  • If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study.


Corporate Compliance and Financial Crime Prevention

The module aims to give you a broad understanding of regulatory compliance and the detection, investigation and prevention of financial crime (e.g. fraud, electronic crime, money laundering) in corporate environments. You will gain an understanding of the nature and purposes of regulation in the area of financial services, and how compliance is managed in practice. You will also gain knowledge and skills related to the use of digital forensic tools and techniques to manage compliance, mitigate risks and investigate financial crime. The module will focus on the UK regulatory framework as well as international models, conventions and standards. - (30 credits) - Compulsory

Cybercrime and Society

With increasing amounts of social activity taking place on the Internet cybercrime is becoming an important area of study. By exploring the history, nature and patterns of cybercrime this module will introduce you to the sociological and criminological study of crime on the Internet. Through a series of examples and case studies of Internet related crime you will consider the diversity of cybercrime as well as its prevention and detection.

What is cybercrime? What criminological theories can we use to explain cybercrime? What harm does cybercrime cause? How do people become victims of cybercrime? How is cybercrime policed? How can cybercrime prevented? These are some of the questions that will be tackled in class. This module is designed to provide a critical analysis of selected issues in the study of cybercrime and its control. This aim translates into the following objectives:

To provide you with a critical introduction to the concept of cybercrime;

To examine the impact of cybercrime on contemporary society;

To help you develop an understanding of the relationship between developments in information technology and social harm;

To understand how the study of cybercrime challenges existing criminological theories and criminal law;

To develop your critical and written communication skills in relation to cybercrime issues;

To develop independent research and learning - (20 credits) - Compulsory

Digital Investigation and Evidence Management

The module aims to give you a sound understanding of the relationship between digital investigations and digital technologies, as well as an in-depth knowledge of evidence management and the consequences of mismanagement. This practical module will give you all the skills you need to remove electronic digital media from your sources using industry tools and conduct forensic investigations (using commercial software) on case studies. You’ll learn about the planning of investigations, technology management strategies and how your actions could affect evidential continuity. You will finish this module equipped with the awareness that digital forensics is as much about documentation, processes and validity as it is about technical investigations. - (30 credits) - Compulsory

Researching Cybercrime

With increasing amounts of social activity taking place on the Internet cybercrime is becoming an important area of research, policy and practice. This module aims to provide you with a critical introduction to legal issues and contemporary methods used in researching cybercrime and to current research through a series of case study guest lectures, each of which will focus upon research design, methods of data collection, data analysis and ethics. The module also aims to develop your critical awareness of research and to enable you to apply complex skills learnt in practical assessments and workshops focusing upon the research process from design to implementation. - (20 credits) Compulsory


This master's degree aims to develop social science graduates who have the skills needed to respond to cybercrime and e-security challenges, from issues relating to transnational crime, intellectual property, sexual offences, vulnerable victims, privacy legislation and law. Potential career paths include:

  • policy development
  • corporate security
  • e-investigation
  • social media safety
  • anti-money laundering (investigatory and other roles in the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Services Ombudsman etc.)
  • safeguarding
  • designing and implementing data security and information strategies
  • business continuity and others

Several major auditing firms also have graduate entry programmes that specifically identify criminology as a base qualification for applicants.


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