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Financial Investigation MSc

Financial Investigation MSc

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Level

Post- graduate

Mode

Taught

Campus

Preston

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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    One year

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MSc

Why study this programme?

This postgraduate course is taught using a combination of lectures, practicals and self-directed study to understand criminal behaviour in the area of financial investigation. Delivered and taught by experienced academics, former and current financial investigators with specialist knowledge in financial investigation, law and criminal investigation, you’ll enhance both your personal and professional development. Modules include Research skills, Global perspectives on financial investigation, Ethics and accountability, Money laundering, Complex case management, Discovery and recovery of assets and a research project for your Dissertation. 

Entry Requirements

An honours degree at level 2.2 or above, or equivalent qualifications and experience. Applications welcome from individuals with non-standard qualifications.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • Research Methods
  • Money laundering
  • Complex Case Management

Semester 2

  • Discovery and Recovery of Assets
  • Research in Practice
  • Global Perspectives on Financial Investigation

Semester 3

  • MSc Dissertation

Postgraduate Advice Event

The date of the next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be confirmed soon, in the meantime please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

Content of the Modules

FZ4701 (L7) Research Methods for Crime and Criminal Justice

Investigators are required to have a wide range of skills beyond expertise in their specialist subject. This module provides the necessary Evidenced Based skills in research techniques appropriate to the discipline, project management, data analysis retrieval and interpretation of results. This equips the student to undertake evidenced based research by acceptable and valid methodologies, some of which will be used in the dissertation module. 

FZ4703 (L7) Complex Case Management

This module develops within students an understanding of the practical, legal and procedural issues involved in investigating complex cases. Within the module students will develop a substantial understanding of the relevant legislation and practice in relation to search, seizure, disclosure and operational planning for investigators as well as knowledge of how this works across organisations. In addition; students will form an understanding of the law and theory relating to Command responsibility and the personal challenge that this brings.

FZ4704 The Ethics of Criminal Investigation & Policing

This module will examine elements of police integrity, accountability and ethical conduct. Although the primary focus is on these elements in relation to ‘criminal investigations’ the module will include a wider examination of these elements in relation to policing as a service to the public. As well as identifying relevant legislation the module will look at the work of organisations to which the police are accountable, for example the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

FZ4707 (L7) MSc Dissertation

This module will develop the students’ ability to understand and define clearly a problem to be solved; extract relevant material from a literature survey, develop the ability to design and undertake an original inquiry using appropriate and quality method. Students will learn the skills to present, analyse and interpret results and how to report a coherent, critical account of the work. This culminates in the students researching, designing and then writing a 10,000 word Dissertation.

FZ4722 (L7) Global Perspectives on Financial Investigation

The purpose of this module is to provide students with a theoretical, practical and historical understanding of financial Investigation and an awareness of current and imminent developments in the legal and regulatory environment surrounding financial investigation from an international perspective. The module will provide learners with the key principles that underpin UK and International Financial Investigation regimes and the political, social and legal context within which Financial Investigation is practiced. The module will promote critical understanding of the relationship between the State and corporate interest and the links from this to policing and regulation.

FZ4723 (L7) Money Laundering

The purpose of this module is to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to be sufficiently aware of current and imminent developments in the UK and International legal and regulatory environment surrounding Money laundering. The module will provide learners with the key principles that underpin UK and International Money laundering and the potential impact of these requirements on the practice of Financial Investigation. The module will promote critical reflection on theory and practice from an ethical, legal, political and professional standpoint, providing opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

FZ4724 (L7) Discovery of Assets

The purpose of this module is to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to be sufficiently aware of current and imminent developments in the practice, legal and regulatory environment surrounding the discovery and subsequent recovery of assets gained via criminality. The module will provide learners with the key principles that underpin UK and international asset recovery and the potential impact of these requirements on the practice of Financial Investigation. The module will promote critical reflection on theory and practice from an ethical, legal, political and professional standpoint, providing opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Applications

Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,050 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

Facilities include a newly built HYDRA Suite, modern teaching rooms, library and student learning zone.

Module assessments are undertaken by means of coursework, workshops, projects, examination and dissertation.

This course is also taught by distance learning.

Opportunities

A range of potential careers are available to those studying the MSc Financial Investigation, including working in the Financial Sector, Compliance, Law Enforcement and the Military.

The course team have between them hundreds of years’ practical experience in criminal investigation, fraud and financial investigation. This includes conducting and leading financial investigations, presenting evidence in court, teaching and training in the field and advising governments on financial investigation policy. Members of the team have also conducted numerous research projects in the field of criminal investigation, fraud and financial investigation.

Learning Objectives

To equip students with the knowledge and practical skills to operate as a financial investigator in law enforcement or compliance arenas. To develop in students the critical thinking skills required in the investigation of financial crime. To develop analytical skills involving the principles, practices and techniques of investigation in financial crime cases. To develop competence in research methods and the presentation of information. To develop skills in solving complex problems both independently and as a team member. To develop in students the confidence to make decisions in financial crime investigations.

Learning Outcomes

Analyse a problem involving the specific aspects of financial crime and be able to design and implement a suitable solution. Present complex information. Apply data handling skills, effectively plan a project and use documentation skills in an appropriate manner. Design, plan and implement solutions to problems in financial crime and be capable of analysing the potential effectiveness of such solutions. Undertake a dissertation within guidelines and be able to critically evaluate the success of such a project. Apply the skills developed on the course to a relevant individual project. Synthesise solutions to problems involving multiple aspects of financial crime investigation either independently or as a team member.