Criminology and Social Research (Cybercrime and Cybersecurity) - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Criminology and Social Research (Cybercrime and Cybersecurity)

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Criminology and Social Research (Cybercrime and Cybersecurity)
PGCert Criminology and Social Research (Cybercrime and Cybersecurity)

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PLE61016 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Part-time PLE61017 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code

L311, L311

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Sociology

Programme Leader

MCGUIRE MR Dr (Sociology)

Date of production/revision of spec

08/09/2017

Educational aims of the programme

The MSc pathway in Cybercrime & Cybersecurity on the MSc Criminology, and Social Research (CSR) will combine grounding in the discipline of criminology and training in the full range of qualitative and quantitative methods of social research with specialised understanding of the key issues in cybercriminality and the cybersecurity measures being developed against this. It is designed to meet the needs of students graduating from a first degree who have an interest in cybercrime, people who are currently employed and wish to apply knowledge of criminology and cybercrime within their present job, or those who wish to move into specialised research or practice in the fields of cybercrime and cybercriminality. The degree provides an ideal foundation to undertake a part-time or full-time PhD.

The degree is suitable for a wide range of students in terms of age, professional background, and current occupation and circumstances. Because of this diversity of experience, students on the degree learn a great deal from each other, including at the residential Weekend Conference in the middle of the first semester, and the Day Conference at the end of the first semester.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Obtained an understanding of the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of the discipline of Criminology
Developed and demonstrated knowledge about the core debates and issues in cybercrime and cybersecurity
Obtained some understanding of how the concerns of Criminology interact with wider social and policy issues around cybercriminality and cybersecurity
Acquired and utilised practical knowledge of a range of different traditions and methods relevant to conducting criminological research, from survey research to field methods
Developed competence about the core debates in academic Criminology and the central issues in criminal justice policy K
Show critical awareness and understanding of the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of the discipline of Criminology, especially as it intersects with cyberoffending and the measures required to prevent this K
Show systematic knowledge of basic principles of research design and strategy K
Understand the use and value of a wide range of different research approaches across the quantitative K
Recognise the significance of social/political contexts of cybercrime and the uses of research in enhancing understanding of its causes and preventative approaches K
Understood how the concerns of Criminology and the criminal justice system connect to and interact with wider social issues C
Acquired and utilised practical knowledge of a range of different traditions and methods relevant to conducting criminological research, from survey research to field methods C
Systematically formulate researchable problems C
Analyse qualitative and quantitative data drawn both from ‘real world' and ‘virtual world’ environments, using basic and more advanced techniques, and draw warranted conclusions C
Critically evaluate the range of approaches to research C
Use the range of research techniques commonly employed in criminological P
Generate both quantitative and qualitative data through an array of techniques, and select techniques of data generation on appropriate methodological base P
Employ a quantitative (SPSS) and qualitative software package to manage and analyse data P
Work to deadlines and within work schedules T
Apply computing skills for research instrument design, data analysis, and report writing and presentation T
Communicate ideas, principles and theories by oral, written and visual means T
Obtained a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of the discipline of Criminology
Developed and demonstrated extensive knowledge about the core debates and issues in cybercrime and cybersecurity
Understood how the concerns of Criminology interact with wider social and policy issues around cybercriminality and cybersecurity
Acquired and utilised practical knowledge of a range of different traditions and methods relevant to conducting criminological research, from survey research to field methods
Planned, managed and executed research as part of a team
Developed the analytic skills and substantive knowledge to enable them to pursue a successful career in academe, research institutes, the cybercrime and cybersecurity fields or relevant government departments
Developed a good understanding of the core debates in academic Criminology and the central issues in criminal justice policy K
Show critical awareness and understanding of the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of the discipline of Criminology, especially as it intersects with cyber-offending and the measures required to prevent this K
Show systematic knowledge of basic principles of research design and strategy K
Understand the use and value of a wide range of different research approaches across the quantitative spectra K
Recognise the significance of social/political contexts of cybercrime and the uses of research in enhancing understanding of its causes and preventative approaches K
Show engagement with innovations and developments in research methods for the study of cybercrime K
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of research ethics K
Understood how the concerns of Criminology and the criminal justice system connect to and interact with wider social and policy issues in cybercrime and cybersecurity C
Acquired and utilised practical knowledge of a range of different traditions and methods relevant to conducting criminological and cyber-focused research, from survey research to field methods C
Systematically formulate researchable problems C
Analyse qualitative and quantitative data drawn both from ‘real world' and ‘cyber’ environments, using basic and more advanced techniques, and draw warranted conclusions C
Critically evaluate the range of approaches to researching cybercrime C
Use the range of research techniques commonly employed in criminological research P
Show awareness of the key requirements in protecting information systems and typical criminal strategies for misusing or disrupting them P
Generate both quantitative and qualitative data through an array of techniques, and select techniques of data generation on appropriate methodological base P
Employ a quantitative (SPSS) and qualitative software package to manage and analyse data P
Work to deadlines and within work schedules T
Apply criminological and computing skills to understand risks to a variety of information systems T
Apply computing skills for research instrument design, data analysis, and report writing and presentation T
Communicate ideas, principles and theories by oral, written and visual means T
Gained experience in conducting an extended piece of criminological research into cybercrime and/or cybercriminality of a high calibre
Obtained a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of the discipline of Criminology
Developed and demonstrated extensive knowledge about the core debates and issues in cybercrime and cybersecurity
Understood how the concerns of Criminology interact with wider social and policy issues around cybercriminality and cybersecurity
Acquired and utilised practical knowledge of a range of different traditions and methods relevant to conducting criminological research, from survey research to field methods
Planned, managed and executed research as part of a team
Developed the analytic skills and substantive knowledge to enable them to pursue a successful career in academe, research institutes, the cybercrime and cybersecurity fields or relevant government departments
Developed a comprehensive understanding of the core debates in academic Criminology and the central issues in criminal justice policy K
Show critical awareness and understanding of the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of the discipline of Criminology, especially as it intersects with cyber-offending and the measures required to prevent this K
Show systematic knowledge of basic principles of research design and strategy K
Understand the use and value of a wide range of different research approaches across the quantitative and qualitative spectra K
Recognise the significance of social/political contexts of cybercrime and the uses of research in enhancing understanding of its causes and preventative approaches K
Show engagement with innovations and developments in research methods for the study of cybercrime K
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of research ethics K
Understood how the concerns of Criminology and the criminal justice system connect to and interact with wider social and policy issues in cybercrime and cybersecurity C
Acquired and utilised practical knowledge of a range of different traditions and methods relevant to conducting criminological and cyber-focused research, from survey research to field methods C
Systematically formulate researchable problems C
Analyse qualitative and quantitative data drawn both from ‘real world' and ‘cyber’ environments, using basic and more advanced techniques, and draw warranted conclusions C
Critically evaluate the range of approaches to researching cybercrime C
Use the range of research techniques commonly employed in criminological research P
Show awareness of the key requirements in protecting information systems and typical criminal strategies for misusing or disrupting them P
Generate both quantitative and qualitative data through an array of techniques, and select techniques of data generation on appropriate methodological base P
Employ a quantitative (SPSS) and qualitative software package to manage and analyse data P
Work to deadlines and within work schedules T
Apply criminological and computing skills to understand risks to a variety of information systems T
Apply computing skills for research instrument design, data analysis, and report writing and presentation T
Communicate ideas, principles and theories by oral, written and visual means T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Part-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over two academic years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.