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  • Objectives
    The postgraduate programme builds upon your experience and seeks to link knowledge and theory to practitioner roles.
  • Entry requirements
    Participants must be working in a fraud and/or financial crime environment and will have one of the following: -an honours degree or equivalent -a postgraduate qualification -a professional qualification. Candidates without formal academic qualifications but with professional training and substantial current fraud management experience will be considered.
  • Academic Title
    MA Fraud Management
  • Course description
    The Fraud Management programme has been designed for those personnel currently working in a fraud and financial crime environment in the police, public or private sectors.

    Course structure
    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 is part of the National Fraud Training course while the civilian certificate includes three one-week residential modules, delivered by Teesside Business School.

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

    Modules include The Law and Practice of Investigations, Current Issues in Fraud and Financial Crime, Money Laundering, Forensic Accounting and Organised Crime. Stages 1 and 2 include a significant practitioner involvement in delivery.

    Civilian certificate

    Fraud – 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.

    Fraud – 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.

    Work-based Assignment (Civilian Route)
    You will plan and execute a piece of original research and write a project (4,500 to 5,000 words) on a fraud management topic of your choice.

    Police certificate

    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.

    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.

    Work-based Assignment (Police Route)
    You will plan and execute a piece of original research and write a project on a fraud or economic crime management topic of your choice.

    Diploma

    Research Methods for Fraud

    This module will develop your knowledge and skills for designing, conducting and reporting research to support your project at Stage 2 and the dissertation at Stage 3. It engages you with practical issues - proposing research, collecting and analysing data and placing this in the context of existing work. It is specifically devised to reflect fraud students’ learning needs.

    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 will examine the concept of money laundering, and the history and rationale of contemporary anti-money laundering legislation (UK and international). This module also considers the implications, efficiency and ethics, developing your knowledge of procedures for reporting suspicious transactions within financial institutions. You will also be able to place your existing knowledge of money laundering within a wider social context.

    Audit Investigation and Forensic Accounting
    This module will introduce you to how an organisation controls its financial activities, evaluates the effectiveness of financial arrangements and develops professional skills and knowledge in financial investigation.

    Organised Crime in the UK
    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.

    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.

    MA

    Dissertation

    This module integrates your learning and development as you apply your knowledge and understanding to organisational issues. You will do a major project related to a business issue of significance within an organisation, leading to a written report.

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