Economic Crime (939M3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module outlines and analyses different types of transnational financial crime and its impact. Much discussion of 'crime' and 'criminal law' is often preoccupied with 'crimes on the streets' (for example volume crimes such as theft, offences against the person), rather than 'crimes in the suites' (for example corporate fraud, bribery, money laundering). 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.

This module provides analysis of financially motivated crime and deviance in the UK and internationally.

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

Relevant topics will include:

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

In order to explore these issues, a number of relevant in-depth case studies will be used.


100%: Seminar


10%: Coursework (Presentation)
90%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 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 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.