Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Master's Flexible Framework: Cybercrime

Study the threat of cybercrime and ways to resist it

Why take this course?

This subject area will help you join and create the next generation of cybercrime research and investigation experts in both professional and academic research fields.

You will study the critical knowledge and analytical skills needed to meet the growing challenges of cybercrime, allowing you to facilitate investigations and to operate as a link between the traditional police officer and the technological forensic investigators.

What will I experience?

Within this subject area, you will engage with high-level academic experts in cybercrime, whilst drawing upon relevant specialist industry, policing and government expertise via an external speaker programme.

In addition you will, engage in practical scenarios to deconstruct cybercrime issues, gain unique skills to develop appropriate strategies against the cybercrime threat and be in a position to be a future leader in tackling cybercrime.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Existing professional links between the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies and academic researchers will lead to a clear understanding of both the academic research and professional employment prospects for graduates. This includes, for example, the existing relationship with the Hampshire High Tech Crime Unit, as well as the National Crime Agency, and the consequent research collaboration opportunities from both of these organisations.

The applied nature of this subject area, with engagement from expert practitioners and opportunities for research projects and internships, will help you prepare for a role in the public or private sector, potentially investigating hacking, online drug markets, the dark web, sexual exploitation/child protection online and more.

Course fees


  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £6,000
  • International students – £13,200


  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £3,000 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £6,600 per year (subject to annual increase)

Course structure


There are two available routes to study this subject area, which will be reflected in your degree title awarded:

Route A focuses on one subject area, studying a Subject Core unit and relevant Specialist Option. You will also have a free choice to study any other Option.

Route B combines two subject areas, studying two Subject Core units and a relevant Specialist Option.

This means you will study the following 30 credit units:

  • Cybercrime: Critical Perspectives
  • additional Subject Core OR Free Option
  • Specialist Option (see below)
  • Research Methods / Research Ethics

Plus your 15,000-word Dissertation / Major Project (60 credits)

If you wish to follow the Route B, then please see the relevant webpage for your second subject area for additional subject specific information.

Specialist Options, relating to this subject area:

  • Online Governance and Regulation
  • Global Landscape of Cybersecurity
  • Dangerous Offenders and Vulnerable Victims 

Teaching and Assessment

The delivery of this subject is by Campus- based study only.  This teaching consists of a range of activities such as seminars, lectures and workshops, with multimedia support materials provided within a virtual learning environment (Moodle).

Campus-based student support

Students are supported initially through an induction week, and then via academic staff for each Unit of Study. Pastoral support is provided by your Personal Tutor, and then your Supervisor once appointed.

Students will have access to University support services including careers, financial advice, housing, counselling and can benefit from language development opportunities.

Further study support

Full spectrum library support services and academic skills development is provided, along with dedicated Learning Support Tutors.

How are you assessed?

These may comprise a range of assignments such as essays, case studies, blogs, presentations and a research proposal for your final project. You will then complete a 15,000-word Dissertation / Major Project. Academic feedback is provided on all assignments and full academic support is provided by subject experts. All assignment are submitted online.

Careers and Opportunities

Our graduates have found employment in areas including academia, cybersecurity, policing, the military, the Civil Service and government. 

Exit titles

Campus (Full and Part Time):

  • MSc Cybercrime; MSc Cybercrime and Criminal Justice;
  • MSc Cybercrime and Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption;
  • MSc Cybercrime and Criminal Psychology;
  • MSc Cybercrime and Criminology;
  • MSc Cybercrime and Security Management;
  • MSc Cybercrime and Intelligence;
  • MSc Crime Science and Cybercrime.


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