Course Overview - Cybercrime (Distance Learning) MSc
As more people and services look to digital technologies, the risks and threats of cybercrime continue to grow. This has exposed a shortfall in experienced cybercrime investigators. Study our MSc Cybercrime and join the next generation of cybercrime researchers and investigators.
With an MSc in Cybercrime, youll gain the skills needed to meet the demand for experienced cybercrime investigators and help make the online world a safer place.
On this course, youll focus on the acts of cybercrime and the criminals behind them.
Youll discover the motivations a...
As more people and services look to digital technologies, the risks and threats of cybercrime continue to grow. This has exposed a shortfall in experienced cybercrime investigators. Study our MSc Cybercrime and join the next generation of cybercrime researchers and investigators.<br/><br/>With an MSc in Cybercrime, youll gain the skills needed to meet the demand for experienced cybercrime investigators and help make the online world a safer place.<br/><br/>On this course, youll focus on the acts of cybercrime and the criminals behind them. <br/><br/>Youll discover the motivations and behavioural aspects behind cybercrime and other online deviant behaviours such as harassment and bullying, to find out what leads people to harm others on the web.<br/><br/>The critical and analytical knowledge you develop will ready you to act as a link between traditional police officers and technological forensic investigators. <br/><br/>Youll take a global approach to cybercrime and investigate the international cooperation needed to tackle it.<br/><br/>You’ll also have opportunities to collaborate with specialists in the cybercrime field, through The University of Portsmouths Cybercrime Awareness Clinic, and our affiliations with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), local constabularies and regional organised crime units.<br/><br/>What you’ll study<br/>This course will give you the skills to pursue a career in combating cybercrime.<br/><br/>On this course, youll:<br/><br/>Take a holistic approach to cybercrime, developing critical thinking around responses to technological, human, legal and management perspectives<br/>Investigate sociological and criminological aspects of cybercrime, identifying offender characteristics and the main victims of cybercrime<br/>Collaborate with experienced personnel such as members of Hampshire Police and the Crime Commissioner’s Office on your dissertation/major project<br/>Explore debates surrounding the causes of cybercrimes, digital investigations and the methods and motivations of cybercriminals<br/>Assess new harms online such as bullying, harassment and technology-facilitated sexual violence, as well as potential shortfalls in legislation<br/><br/>How youre assessed<br/>All assessments for this course are based on coursework submitted online. Your performance is assessed through coursework including:<br/><br/>Academic essays<br/>Briefing papers and reports<br/>Blog posts<br/>Narrated presentations<br/>A dissertation<br/>You can also test your skills and knowledge informally before assessments via online quizzes, group discussions, peer review activities and virtual seminars.<br/><br/>Tutors will provide feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve your work for the future.<br/><br/>Career prospects and opportunities<br/>After graduating from MSc Cybercrime, you’ll have the technical skills necessary to pursue a career in helping preserve cybersecurity and the critical thinking and social awareness needed to understand online behaviour.<br/><br/>With your specialist knowledge, you could become a central player in organisations such as the police, as cybercrime is an ever-evolving sector that demands someone with a firm grip on the subject.<br/><br/>Your skills will be particularly in demand within law enforcement and local government, where you can benefit from our connections with the Hampshire Police and National Crime Agency. With the skills and expertise you’ll gain on this course, you could go on to a career as a:<br/><br/>Behaviour analyst<br/>Information security officer<br/>Risk management analyst<br/>Intelligence analyst<br/>Police officer/investigator<br/>Researcher<br/>Discover key terms that industry professionals need to know with our Cybercrime glossary: