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This MSc degree is offered by Oxford Business College, Executive Education Centre of Excellence in partnership with Nottingham Trent University through its primary collaborative partner, dg Anti-Fraud Consultants.

The degree comprises some six taught modules and one cap-stone dissertation. The programme can be studied very flexibly, through a combination of face-to-face taught modules delivered at Oxford Business College’s campuses in Oxford and elsewhere and on-line. Further students can progress through stages to complete the MSc, for example through completing a Post-Graduate Certificate (PG Cert) in the Management of Fraud Investigation, a Post-Graduate Diploma (PG Dip) in the Management of Fraud Investigation and finally the MSc.

These elements comprise the below modules with level 7 credit points (cpts) shown:

  • Types of Fraud
  • Current Legislation
  • Case Management
  • Company Law
  • Fraud Prevention and Contingency Planning
  • Concept of Financial Investigation and Proceeds of Crime
  • Giving Evidence in Court
  • Module assignment presentations
  • Current Anti-Money Laundering Legislations
  • An overview of the European Union Directives and the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations
  • The UK National Threat Assessments and UK National Anti-Money Laundering Strategy
  • Identifying the processes involved and the three stages of money laundering – Placement, Layering and Integration
  • The concept of the risk-based approach to money laundering threats
  • The concept of Financial Investigation and how to set up a Financial Investigation Unit
  • Understanding the powers to obtain evidence, making statements and giving evidence in court
  • Practical workshops on a number of topics
  • Module assignment presentation
  • Legal Elements of Interviewing. Planning and Preparation
  • Questioning Techniques / Interviewing Witnesses / Cognitive Interviewing
  • Structured Statement Taking
  • Listening Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Dealing with Suspects
  • Giving Evidence in Court
  • Managing Evidence
  • Practical Scenarios
  • Module assignment presentation
  • Introduction to current criminal and terrorism financing laws
  • The investigation of complex frauds in the context of organised crime and terror terrorist financing and how to address the global problem through inter-agency cooperation
  • Introduction to the use of ‘Case Theory’ as a method approach to the investigation of complex fraud cases
  • Instruction in the scientific method of experimentation by being involved with a practical scenario covering the following steps of investigation:
    • The analysis of available investigation data to create an hypothesis
    • Testing it against the available facts
    • Refining and amending it until reasonably certain conclusions can be drawn
  • How to effectively use forensic accounting within the investigative process as well as carefully organise and maintain complex crime evidence with the use of charts, graphs, spread sheets and summaries as necessary applicable to complex data
  • Coverage of the ten steps to investigating a complex fraud:
    • Beginning of the case
    • Evaluation of the allegations or suspicions
    • Conduct due diligence background checks e.g. Open Source Intelligence
    • How to complete the initial stage of the investigation
    • Check of predications and getting organised
    • How to begin the external investigation stage
    • How to ‘Follow the Money’, proving illicit payments
    • Obtaining the cooperation of witnesses
    • Interviewing process and requirements under PACE of the primary subject
    • How to prepare the final report based on the results of the investigation, ‘Administrative sanction or criminal referral’
  • The understanding of available powers to obtain vital evidence, making statements
  • Practical scenarios – e.g. presenting a case in a courtroom


Progression degrees

This course aims to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the techniques, practices, methodologies and application of the management of fraud investigations. During your studies, you will engage in a process of scholarship and research that will include a critical awareness of current legal and ethical issues and developments in the management of fraud investigations. The course also helps you to build your skills, enabling you to develop your investigative expertise against the professional and industry standards.

This course is specifically designed for individuals working in, or seeking to work in, a wide range of fraud investigation organisations including: law enforcement, military police, insurance industry (especially the motor trade), health, as well as private sector organisations including forensic accountants and auditors.



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