MSc in Cybercrime and E-investigation

Why choose this course?

For the 2014-15 year the Cybercrime and E-investigation course has been merged with the MSC in Criminal Investigation.

  • Uniquely, this course will provide you with an understanding of the legal and technical elements of cybercrime without a requirement that you are a law or technology insider.
  • It includes both practical and academic aspects of cybercrime and equips you with the key skills necessary to pursue a career path in cybercrime detection and investigation.
  • You will study alongside practitioners in the technical aspects of cybercrime and e-investigation.
  • The importance of evidence, identifying of case issues and continuity of evidence are all covered in depth together with practical skills such as developing the ability to communicate complex information to all.
  • You'll get hands on training so you can investigate and respond effectively to computer crime and other incidents or development needs within your specific organisation, as well as learn how to effectively manage an e-investigation.
  • You will be trained to effectively and efficiently present evidence in court.
  • Study at a time and pace to suit you and your circumstances.
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Course code: MM2AC

Start date: September and January

Course length: full time: one year, part time: two years.

Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus

College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

About this course

If you are already working in crime enforcement, or you have an interest in the legal implications of criminality in the digital age, this masters degree is for you. It focuses on the recognised and accepted investigation methods and the analysis techniques required to prove them.

Using our skills and expertise in digital investigation you will develop the techniques and knowledge you need within the justice system to address and deal with cybercrime and e-investigation.

Cybercrime is a continually evolving discipline that addresses the increase of computer technology in criminal activity. Whilst studying this programme you will face the challenges of both understanding complex technology and the principles and practice of criminal investigation. You will be equipped with the skills and theoretical underpinning required to assist in the investigation of crime which involves the use of technology and digital media.

You will become acquainted with the legal, ethical and professional considerations which must be taken into account during investigations. These are the skills which will enable you to recover and investigate evidence more effectively. You will be guided to continually develop your research skills which will help you keep up to date in this rapidly changing discipline and you will be trained to acquire the skills of effectively and efficiently presenting evidence in court. You will also cover the practical and academic aspects of cybercrime, including the key skills needed to pursue a career in cybercrime detection and investigation. 

The course explains the need for proper investigation and illustrates the process of locating and handling evidence. How to effectively manage a forensics investigation and how to preserve and present evidence will be covered, and you will develop your skills and proficiency to respond to many types of situations as you'll have hands-on training and a strong incident response foundation. You will be equipped with the knowledge, tools, and practical experience needed to investigate and respond effectively to computer crime and other incidents or development needs within your specific organisation

The core modules build a strong foundation in key areas. This is enhanced by optional modules where you can choose subjects based on your interests and career aspirations. This flexible approach means the programme appeals to a wide range of students with different backgrounds, experience and jurisdictions, so you are exposed to different points of view, enhancing your experience on the programme and building a solid foundation in both theory and practice.

You will study in our custom built court room, and you will be given the opportunity to pit your wits against qualified advocates.

Throughout the programme you will develop your skills through a process of self-assessment, action-planning, acquisition of relevant skills and experience, and reflection and review.

What you will cover

The course is made up of three stages - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc

Postgraduate Certificate

You’ll study these modules:

  • Evidence and Digital Investigation
  • Cybercrime and Internet
  • Applied Research in Criminal Justice Systems

Postgraduate Diploma

You’ll study this module:

  • Investigation and Prosecution of Cybercrime

You’ll also choose two optional modules from the following:

  • Business Crime
  • Clinic
  • Data Protection, Privacy and Freedom of Information Law
  • Information and Communication Technology Law
  • Intellectual Property in Information Technology and Other Media
  • Investigating Sexual Offences
  • Investigation and Prosecution of Transnational Crime
  • Open Source Intelligence and Privacy
  • Transnational Organised Crime
  • Vulnerable Victims and Witnesses


You’ll study this module:

  • Independent Study in Investigation

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2:2 from your first degree, or equivalent
  • If your first language is not English you will need to evidence a proficiency in English (IELTS 7)

We also welcome applicants who do not have a first degree but who have substantial and relevant professional experience.

If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria contact the Programme Leader who will be happy to supply further advice.

How to apply

UK/EU students

International students

Information for international applicants

Applying for a postgraduate degree

Fees and finance

2015/16 fees

UK/EU students

  • £550 per module (you usually take the equivalent of 9 single modules)

International students

  • Full time: £11,440

These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2015 and August 2016. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

How you will learn

How you'll learn

The course is delivered on campus and via interactive online classroom sessions and is fully supported by materials on our virtual learning environment  -  Blackboard - which means that you will get lecture notes, additional materials, suggested reading and general information which will support you in your studies posted here. 

How you're assessed

All modules are assessed by coursework.

Careers and employability

Cybercrime is a developing and expanding area. You can pursue a career in detection, investigation and prosecution in all areas of civil and criminal law. In addition, corporate institutions are starting to recruit in this area or contract work to independent e-investigators.  Anyone who uses a computer is susceptible to cybercrime and experts are increasingly required to prevent and detect this. 

Crime scenes are unique and increasingly present new challenges to the investigator. This is reflected in the very practical nature of the modules which will helps you to develop comprehensive approaches and procedures for the efficient and effective handling of live evidence and situations in your future career.

What our students say

"I often appear in court to give technical evidence. The course content, especially the courtroom training, gives me the confidence to deliver my evidence in a clear and understandable manner, without being nervous. I now know what to expect in the courtroom. Covering the specific laws around cybercrime has been extremely helpful. I often point out other offenses to officers in charge of a case that they were unaware of."

Dave Martin
eForensics Analyst

Contact details

Course leader: Kevin Bampton
T: +44 (0)1332 591858

College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences
T: +44 (0)1332 591896

Where will I study?

Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus