Postgraduate study
Business, Accounting, Leadership & Management

MA Fraud Management

Fraud is a growing problem in the financial services and banking sector. It can be extremely complex and hard to detect – something which criminals take full advantage of. This innovative programme is for professionals currently working in a fraud and financial crime environment in the police, public or private sectors, as well as those who want to work in these sectors.

Course information


  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Block delivery
  • Enrolment date: September at Teesside University Darlington campus
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491

Contact details


You study topics such as company structures, money laundering, organised crime in the UK, research methods for fraud, and terrorism and terrorist finance.

The programme is in three Stages - certificate, diploma and MA - offering participants the flexibility of being able to graduate with a postgraduate certificate, diploma or master's award. Stage 1 has two routes, tailored either for the police or for civilian investigators.

The police certificate incorporates the National Fraud Training course and is gained following a project, while the civilian certificate includes three one-week residential modules, delivered by Teesside University Business School.

The second and third Stages follow a common route over two years, both delivered by Teesside Business School.

We offer you opportunities to earn while you learn that let you study with us full-time while working with an organisation – gaining work experience to put you even further ahead in the job market. You could use the company as the subject of your dissertation, which is potentially valuable to the company as well as to you. In the past, for some students, the value of this to the company has been realised through payment of the tuition fee (or a part of it).


Certificate - civilian

Investigation Management and Contemporary Issues

This module develops the necessary skills to devise a strategy, policy and procedure for investigating apparent fraudulent behaviour. It will equip you with the management competence to plan and manage the physical, financial and human resources needed and used in fraud investigations. It will also develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of resources and approaches that underpin fraud investigation management and fraud prevention.

Law and Practice

This module will give you detailed knowledge of the law relating to fraud. It introduces you to key legal principles, offences and evidence related to them. It also develops your knowledge of procedures for investigating offences together with the relevant codes of practice and any resulting prosecutions. This module will give you the knowledge and skills for collecting information to help prevent, detect and investigate fraud.

Professional Project (Civilian Route)

You plan and execute a piece of original research and write a project (4500-5000 words) on a fraud management topic of your choice.


Certificate - police

Fraud Investigation: Case Study Analysis

This module is designed to develop and assess your ability to describe, evaluate and analyse key operational and management issues related to investigating serious and complex fraud. You will also learn to present and explain key lessons.

National Fraud Training - Work-based Assignment

You plan and execute a piece of original research and write a project of up to 4,000 words on a fraud or economic crime management topic of their choice. This module is supported by guidance on basic research methods and appropriate web-based material.

National Fraud Training Pre-programme Study

This module is designed for law enforcement personnel – you will complete it before you go on a National Police Training Centre course to assess your background knowledge of fraud and the law. By the end of the module you will understand all aspects of the procedures and laws which govern a fraud investigation, as well as the decision-making issues relating to complex fraud.



Company Structures

This is a module intended for practitioners in financial investigation or fraud and introduces topics such as company formation, structure and types, governance, regulatory and financial structures and reporting at national and international levels.

It evaluates the context within which an organisation controls its financial activities, evaluates the effectiveness of financial arrangements and develops professional skills and knowledge in the area of financial investigation; the relationship between law enforcement, companies and financial services institutions in relations to assets, money laundering and asset recovery.

Contemporary Issues in Fraud

This module will help you understand the context of fraud and corruption in the public and private sectors. It allows you to develop your knowledge and skills for preventing, detecting and investigating fraud.

Money Laundering

This module examines the issue of money and anti-money laundering legislation and practice in a wider social context - locally and globally.

You examine the concept of money laundering, and the history and rationale of contemporary anti-money laundering legislation (UK and international).

You also consider the implications, efficiency and ethics for reporting suspicious transactions within financial institutions. You can then place your existing knowledge of money laundering within a wider social context.

Organised Crime

You will learn what organised crime is and how it is organised, to understand the interlocking elements. You will critically evaluate the academic approaches to organised crime concepts and reflect on applying these concepts to practitioner perspectives. You will also synthesise the concepts and theories with practice, further developing your knowledge of how organised crime impacts on economic crime.

Research Methods for Fraud

You will develop knowledge and skills for designing, conducting and reporting research to support your dissertation. You will engage with practical issues of proposing research, collecting and analysing data, and placing this in the context of existing work. You will also be advised on approaches to answering research questions appropriate to your investigative area, and will discuss ethical issues, political concerns and time management matters.

Terrorism and Terrorist Finance

Terrorism needs funding. This module will help you understand the interlocking elements of the problem and policies. You will examine what terrorism is, the nature of the threat, its organisation and how it is funded. You will also look at the policies used to counter it (laws and practices at national and international level) and the problems it may create for individuals, communities, societies, states and international relations.




You will integrate your learning and development and synthesise knowledge and understanding of theory and practice through its application to organisational issues, which are demonstrably concerned with development within the organisation. You are supported throughout the process by a supervising tutor who will monitor progress and ensure that you are appraised of your on-going performance. Usually the dissertation should be completed within one year.


Modules offered may vary.

Entry requirements

Entry onto the programme requires one of the following:

  • a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline e.g. business, law, social studies or a numerate degree (2:2 or above)
  • a postgraduate qualification
  • a professional qualification.

In addition, participants on the part-time programme must be working in a fraud and/or financial crime environment

Candidates without formal academic qualifications but with professional training and substantial current fraud management experience will be considered.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

Course information


  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Block delivery
  • Enrolment date: September at Teesside University Darlington campus
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491

Contact details

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