Cybercrime Investigation MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Cybercrime Investigation MSc/PGDip/PGCert

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences


Post- graduate




Preston and online

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    Full-time: one year or Part-time

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    Mixed Mode, Full-time and Part-time

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Why study this programme?

Cybercrime is a relatively new and growing area for both civil and criminal investigation. This course has been developed by law enforcement practitioners to enhance knowledge and practical skills in the areas of behavioural psychology, criminal investigation and the technical aspects of obtaining computer-based evidence.

Aimed at personal professional development for current investigators in the criminal and private sector and as a natural progression for graduates in Computer Forensics, Psychology or Policing.

Modules include Research Skills, Behavioural Dynamics of Cybercrime, Digital Forensic Technology, Open Source Internet Investigation, Policing of cybercrime and a research project for your dissertation.

This course is available in full-time, part-time and distance learning modes of study.


Entry Requirements

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

Programme at a Glance

CO4514 (L7) Digital Forensic Technology
This module will equip students with an understanding of the technical issues involved in the handling of electronic evidence. While electronic evidence is the focus of the module, it discusses the wider issues including mobile devices, network-based evidence, interpretation of evidence, and acquisition of digital evidence. Some students may already have a relevant technical background and can take an alternative module.

CO4515 (L7) Trends in Cybercrime
The purpose of this module is to expose students to a range of trends in cybercrime and to develop their ability to find and evaluate their value for cybercriminals. Students will gain knowledge about methods, techniques and emerging technologies that cybercriminals use, how they operate, and how they engage with victims in the cyberspace with the goal of becoming better equipped to prevent, detect and react to cybercrime.

PS4401 (L7) Behavioural Dynamics of Cybercrime

This module will provide students with an understanding of current and emerging internet and related technologies which are used to commit criminal offences in a number of different categories of cybercrime (e.g., ID theft, sexual exploitation). It will address current understanding of offender and victim characteristics, motivations, offence processes, and associated investigative issues in relation to different types of cybercrime. Students will be required to apply the knowledge they develop during the module to their own current or future professional practice. 

FZ4721 (L7) Policing Cybercrime
This module is intended to equip the student to conduct cybercrime Investigations. Students will study the legislation and processes appropriate to the pro-active and reactive investigation of cybercrime at a local and national level and the issues in respect of working with investigative partners, as well as alternative strategies to prosecution such as prevention, intervention and disruption.

FZ4720 (L7) Open Source Internet Investigation
This module is intended to provide students with an understanding of information that is freely available on the internet that is referred to as Open Source Intelligence. To introduce research skills and techniques to produce efficient and effective searches in databases and social networking sites, developing an understanding of computer security and leaving footprints whilst making online enquiries, the identification of email addresses whilst ensuring such investigations are lawful, necessary and proportionate.

FZ4707 (L7) MSc Cybercrime Investigation Dissertation
You will spend 15 weeks undertaking a project which uses and enhances many of the skills learnt on the course, including undertaking primary research. Following the conclusion of the work, you will complete a 20,000 word report on the project as well as give a presentation of your findings; you will be expected to justify your choice of research methodology and comment on your work’s validity and reliability

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 5 September 2018

Further Information

MSc in Cybercrime Investigation has been designed to provide an in-depth study of Cybercrime Investigation and develop critical and analytical skills involving the principles, practices and techniques of Cybercrime Investigation. The course is a natural development building on the success of existing undergraduate provision in the Schools of Forensic and Applied Science, Psychology and Computing Engineering and Physical Sciences, in particular the interest of students studying cybercrime.

Cybercrime is a relatively new and growing area of criminal investigation. The course is delivered in partnership with existing staff members from the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Forensic and Applied Sciences, and Psychology. The profiles of existing staff members and specialist visiting speakers make them uniquely qualified in the UK HE sector to deliver this course in that, as well as having appropriate academic backgrounds, they have experience in investigation unmatched in any UK HE institution.


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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).


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


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


Fees 2019/20

Full-time: £6,700 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £3,270 per year (UK/EU), first two years

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

The course is taught as a combination of lectures, practicals and self-directed study to understand criminal behaviour in the area of cybercrime, including the use of computers, mobile devices, networks and open source internet intelligence in a cybercrime investigation. Module assessments are undertaken by means of coursework, workshops, examination and dissertation.

The course is delivered and taught by experienced academics and former law enforcement investigators with specialist knowledge in computing, psychology and criminal investigation.


  • Computer Forensic Laboratory
  • Well-developed plans for a Hydra Suite


A range of potential careers are available to those studying MSc Cybercrime including working in the fields of Policing,Civil investigation, the military, and National Crime Agency

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