Name of Programme
MSc Financial Fraud Investigation and Intelligence
MSc Financial Fraud Investigation and Intelligence [Part Time]
Final Award
MSc
Location
Buckingham
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of Business [Accounting and Finance]
Programme Code(s)
PMSF1PFFI / Full Time / 1 Year
PMSP2PFFI / Part Time / 2 Years / MSc Financial Fraud Investigation and Intelligence [Part Time]
Professional Body Accreditation
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
Admission Criteria
2:2 (Hons) degree or equivalent or/and relevant finance, accounting, or business experience. IELTS - 6.5 (minimum 6.5 in the reading and writing component)
Applicable Cohort(s)
January 2023
FHEQ Level
7
UCAS Code
Summary of Programme
The MSc Financial Fraud Investigation & Intelligence is a comprehensive and rigorous study in key areas of financial fraud investigation, and Intelligence. It is designed for graduates interested in following a career in the financial fraud investigation and intelligence or even conducting research at a postgraduate level. The programme is designed to deliver financial expertise with particular emphasis on understanding the discipline of finance, financial fraud investigation, and intelligence both theoretical foundations and practice applications are provided in respective areas. The programme is structured so that students’ progress from 7 core modules and then concluded with a dissertation.

Programme Description
The programme has single entry points, January each year. It can be completed through one year of full-time study / two year (part-time) and include the following modules: Fraud Investigation and Financial Crime (15), Financial Crime, Money Laundering and Market Abuse (30), Economic Analysis (15), Banking Risk Management (15), Cybersecurity and International Trade (15), Derivatives and Financial Risk Management (15), The Central Bank, The Banking System and The Macroeconomy (15) and Integrated Case Study/ Dissertation (60).
For the purpose of awards, students will be required to pass all the modules (180 credits) to be awarded an MSc Financial Fraud Investigation & Intelligence. The programme aims in addition to the required credits for each respective award are as below:
Educational Aims of the Programme
The general aims of the programme are:

 to provide intellectual appreciation in financial fraud investigation and intelligence and its application appropriate to postgraduate level.
 to stimulate students intellectually through the study of financial fraud investigation, and intelligence and to lead them to appreciate at the postgraduate level its application to a range of problems and its relevance in a variety of contexts, including in practice.
 to develop in students the ability to apply the advanced knowledge, research methods and skills they have acquired to the solution of theoretical and/or applied problems in financial fraud investigation, and intelligence policies of organisation.
 to equip students with advanced tools of analysis to tackle issues and problems in the financial fraud investigation, and intelligence sector.
 to prepare students to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline of financial fraud investigation, and intelligence.
 to provide students with analytical skills and an ability to develop simplifying frameworks for studying the real world and to be able to appreciate the relevance of ethical and accountability of financial fraud investigation, and intelligence decision.
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

1. The core and advanced principles, theories and models relevant to financial fraud investigation and intelligence.
2. The role of the main stakeholders and their influences towards ethics and accountability within the field of financial fraud investigation and intelligence.
3. The integrated principles of financial fraud investigation and intelligence in global financial and intelligence services environment.
4. Cases studies, regulatory requirements and techniques to analyse relevant information and appropriate data gathering.
5. Problem recognition and alternative solutions, as well as their implications, by adapting and applying financial fraud investigation and intelligence analysis to real world situations.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

The learning and teaching strategies employed in this programme aim to develop the inter-relationships among, and the integration of, the different areas of knowledge and understanding. Core knowledge and understanding (in all areas) is acquired through formal lectures, seminars and workshops, as well as group working and guided independent study. An ethos of close staff/student interaction, as well as independent learning, progresses the learning process to a more advanced stage.
For additional and advanced learning, knowledge is also gained through seminars by industry experts and guests lecturers.
The individual dissertation will provide a forum for students to apply their knowledge and will be supported through regular meetings with academic supervisors.

Assessment Strategy

The core disciplines taught through the formal lecture, seminar and workshop programme are assessed through coursework, group and individual projects and presentations and examinations (seen and unseen). Formal examinations enable students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of course material as well as their ability to construct a clear / concise reasoned argument and analysis of the issues in question in a limited period of time. Individual and group research-based assignments enable students to integrate theory and practice and to provide constructive and explicit coverage of key issues. The project paper will be examined by both a written work.

Weightings (course / project work to examinations) vary from course to course at the discretion of the lecturers and will be made explicit to students on each course specification document.
Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

1. The ability to analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate diverse financial and non-financial cases and theories,
2. From analysis, identify key issues and actions which combine qualitative and quantitative evaluation and generate viable options for decision-making,
3. Effective all round communication skills, which include the presentation of data and models and their application, where appropriate, to specific finance, financial fraud and intelligence scenarios.
4. Ability to apply theoretical concepts to the real world environment.
5. IT competence, as a tool for effective communication.
6. Core research skills e.g. identification of relevant data sources, critical evaluation and interpretation of data and familiarity with main analysis methodologies.
7. Plan, conduct and present the results of an individual or group research programme.
8. Collaborative and group learning skills through the sharing of ideas and knowledge in a multi discipline environment.
9. A sense of personal responsibility through effective planning, preparation and self-motivation to enable the individual to influence and make a worthwhile contribution to organizational life.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Cognitive skills in areas 1-9 are promoted via lectures, seminars and workshops, individual and group research-based assignments, independent study, case studies and classroom exercises.

Assessment Strategy

Cognitive skills in areas 1-9 are assessed by coursework, examinations and group and individual projects and presentations.

Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

1. Demonstrate numeracy, qualitative and statistical skills for structured and unstructured financial fraud investigation and intelligence problems
2. Retrieve financial and non-financial fraud related information from a range of different sources including electronic and non-electronic databases;
3. Plan and manage time and learning process
4. Plan, design and execute a sustained piece of research using appropriate methodologies.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Date management skills and communication skills are developed throughout the programme. Case studies, and individual and group presentations facilitate the development of communication, interpersonal skills, time management and team working.

Assessment Strategy

Assessment of key skills 1-4 is via written coursework, individual and group presentations and examinations.
External Reference Points
• Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (Link);
• Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement(s) (Link);
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Date of Production
March 2022
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
Date approved by School Board of Study
Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee
Date of Annual Review

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURES

MSc Financial Fraud Investigation and Intelligence

PMSF1PFFI / Full Time / January Entry
Term 1
Winter
Fraud Investigation and Financial Crime [L7/15U] (BPFFIFC)
Financial Crime, Money Laundering and Market Abuse [L7/30U] (LPFFCMA)
Economic Analysis [L7/15U] (BPFECAN)
Term 2
Spring
Banking Risk Management [L7/15U] (HPFBKRM)
Financial Crime, Money Laundering and Market Abuse [L7/30U] (LPFFCMA)
(Continued)
Ethical & Professional Standards [L7/15U] (BPFETPS)
June Exams
Term 3
Summer
Cybersecurity and International Trade [L7/15U] (HPFCT15)
Derivatives and Financial Risk Management [L7/15U] (BPFDFR7)
Case Studies in Intelligence Success and Failure [L7/30U] (HPFCSIS)
Term 4
Autumn
The Central Bank, The Banking System and The Macroeconomy [L7/15U] (HPFPCBM)
December Exams