The Law on Financial Crime (706M3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

In this module, you analyse different types of transnational financial crime and its impact.

Much discussion of 'crime' and 'criminal law' is often preoccupied with 'crimes on the street' (e.g. volume crimes such as theft, offences against the person, etc.) rather than 'crimes in the suites' (e.g. corporate fraud, bribery, money laundering etc.).

Yet, financial crime causes significant harm and undermines both society and individuals both domestically and internationally.

Financial crimes - and the finances of crime - are issues that merit deeper scrutiny.

In this module, you develop an analysis of financially motivated crime and deviance in the UK and internationally.

You critically examine different forms of financial crime, both domestic and transnational, and efforts to target criminal finances.

As part of the module, you may cover topics such as:

  • the nature of white collar crime
  • fraud
  • insider dealing
  • money laundering
  • terrorist financing
  • asset recovery.

And you'll use a number of relevant in-depth case studies in order to explore these issues.


100%: Seminar (Class)


20%: Coursework (Media production)
80%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 280 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.