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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 5.01k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 11.7k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    Forensic study is increasingly popular in universities and a forensic approach is often used in the workplace. This course gives you accounting skills and knowledge related to forensic investigation.

    You gain an understanding of the legal issues in forensic study. A third of your study involves improving your knowledge of the legal system. Accounting is always studied in a legal context.

    This course gives you a specialist insight into forensic analysis of financial accounts. Your module choices allow you to tailor your study to areas of interest. Total risk management addresses the design and management of financial information to help reduce the possibility of financial fraud.

    The financial regulations and supervision module gives you an insight into the legal framework and working practices around accounting.

    These option modules are supported by core modules such as electronic crime. You look at how new media can be exploited in financial fraud and how such actions can be traced.

    You also do a dissertation, an extended piece of research which you design and carry out under the direction of an academic tutor.

    There are four other forensic courses available. They are all designed to meet a wide range of individual needs and expectations. Each course complements your degree study or previous work experience.

    Core modules

    Legal methodology

    This module provides the necessary grounding to study law effectively. It teaches the core skills required with emphasis placed on research and legal reasoning. You examine the court system and legal professions and we introduce the Human Rights Act of 1998.

    Criminal litigation

    Criminal litigation is essentially the steps required to take a criminal case to trial. This module examines the initial stages of an investigation.

    You examine

    * police powers
    * the processing of crime scenes
    * the importance of continuity of evidence and establishing a chain of custody
    * the general principles of criminal law required to ensure that charges are understood and correctly drafted
    * the law on confessions and inferences from silence
    * the law concerning taking samples from suspects
    * the initial stages of a criminal prosecution with emphasis on how they are significant to expert witnesses

    Law of evidence

    This follows on from the criminal litigation module and progresses the investigative process from the initial court hearings through to the completion of the trial.

    It addresses subjects including

    * rules and principles on expert testimony
    * the burden of proof
    * the significance of disclosure and pre trial hearings for expert witnesses
    * the rules governing advocacy and trials
    * salient rules of evidence, such as hearsay

    You also examine recent miscarriages of justice involving expert witnesses to identify how error arose and how to eliminate repetition.

    Forensic accounting

    This module introduces the nature and extent of financial crime and financial dispute resolution. You learn to identify situational, systems and security weaknesses in organisations and learn to design and recommend measures to minimise the associated risks.

    Electronic crime

    You examine the major business related software applications used in the fight against electronic crime. You also learn how to identify the major types of commonly encountered electronic crime and how to use computer security to control these situations.

    Methods of enquiry: research and consultancy in finance

    You evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of research methods and identify the appropriate methods related to specific research objectives.

    Research project

    This module allows you to demonstrateresearcher skills at masters level. Youproduce a persuasively argued piece ofwriting that demonstrates knowledge andskills, researcher competence and theability to work independently.


    One from

    * corporate governance
    * financial analysis
    * financial regulation and supervision
    * total risk managemen

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    * normally students must have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field. If you don´t have a degree you may be considered if you have at least five years´ professional experience. * you need two appropriate references * you need a high level of English language competence to successfully complete the course. If the language your first degree was taught in was not English, then typically IELTS 6.5 , TOEFL 620. * places are limited but there is no discrimination against any group or individual on the grounds of ethnic origin, nationality, gender, disability, marital status, sexuality, political or religious belief * international applicants, and applicants with disabilities are particularly welcomed onto the programme. For all applicants a good level of English is essential and it is important that international applicants have the level of English required to cope with the demands of the course. If you are concerned, you can attend the TESOL centre´s pre-session induction course. This may be recommended or required. * we normally interview students before admissions are finalised. International students may be interviewed by telephone or e-mail. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 620 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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