Fraud Investigation Management MSc (HLST110/ HLST140)


Coventry University

Fraud Investigation Management MSc


MSc Fraud Investigation Management (HLST110)

MSc Fraud Investigation Management with Professional Experience (HLST140)

This course runs in September 2017.

  • 12 months full-time
  • 20 months full-time with Professional Experience
  • 24 months part-time

The Fraud Investigation Management MSc course was developed in association with professionals leading the way in economic crime and fraud investigation in the UK and worldwide.

The MSc Fraud Investigation Management with Professional Experience, is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation.

Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.

Why choose this course? 

If you are involved in fraud investigation or would like to be, this course can help you develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of current issues in fraud investigation, that you will need to better plan and deal with the potential fraud risk in your organisation. The course will focus students on the associated policy and procedures needed to be able to take a fraud case from inception right the way through to prosecution.

The UK has long been one of a small number of global leaders in the field of investigations, with UK Police officers currently involved in cases of national and international importance overseas. UK Police officers have developed a globally acknowledged reputation for professionalism and efficiency. It is this experience and practice which underpins the Coventry University Masters degree (MSc) in Fraud Investigation Management.

The Forensic Investigation group maintain close links with fraud investigation departments within financial institutions. Fraud investigation is a growing area and successful Coventry University graduates should be well placed to capitalise on this shift in the employment market.

The key driver for developing this course was the 2006 Fraud Review by Lord Goldsmith, which stated that a more strategic approach to the investigation of fraud by financial institutions and the Police was needed. Ultimately, graduates from the MSc in Fraud Investigation Management could be able to contribute to the professionalisation agenda for the role of fraud investigator and to effectively manage the fraud investigation function for their organisations.


What will I learn? 

This course is comprised of eight modules developed under the advice and guidance of the City of London Police Economic Crime and Fraud Investigation Academy to specifically address real issues in fraud investigations. The modules are:

  • Information and Intelligence Management;
  • Organisational Risk and Profiling;
  • Investigative Skills for Fraud Investigations;
  • Interview Skills for Fraud Investigations;
  • Case Preparation and Presentation of Evidence;
  • Operational and Organisational Learning;
  • Research Methods for Fraud Investigation Management;
  • Fraud Investigation Management Dissertation.

Additionally, the understanding gained from these modules will be demonstrated and applied in either the University-based project (12 months full-time or 24 months part-time, on course HLST110), or the professional experience modules giving students the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience. 

How will this course be taught? 

This course can be studied full-time or part-time.

There are a combination of teaching methods used including workshops, tutorials and seminars.

The course, whether studied full-time or part-time, is supported by Moodle: the University’s online learning space. Here, materials are posted for students to read and prepare for sessions and additional material is posted to help students define their own interests and expertise.

How will I be assessed? 

This course uses a wide variety of assessment styles including traditional essay based course work and exams, but also some practical based assessments such as Investigative Interviewing where students conduct interviews under PACE Act 1984 conditions.

Teaching contact hours 

An average of 16 hours contact time per week.

How will this course enhance my career prospects? 

All areas of investigation are undergoing a professionalisation process. In addition to vocational qualifications organisations with an investigative role are increasingly looking for employees and candidates with higher level nationally recognised qualifications. It is more and more likely that having relevant higher level qualifications will be an important part of any professional profile including when seeking advancement in a fraud or investigatory career.


How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: 

  • September 2017 start - £6,212 or £11,044 (with professional experience)

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