CPD Cybercrime Investigation

Level 7 (postgraduate), 20 credits

Start dates


Course length

One semester

Course cost

Total cost: £760


Mt Pleasant campus

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175


Course aim

This CPD module will raise your awareness of the changing complexity of crime and the evolving nature of cybercrime and cyber-enabled crime.

The programme will highlight the variation and diversity of cybercrime, exploring the links to organised crime, the impact of this type of criminal activity at the local, regional and national level, together with assessing the global picture.

You will critically examine and consider the opportunities to reduce, prevent and investigate cybercrime, assessing the threat that it presents and evaluating the issues around allocation and ownership of an investigation together with disclosure in cybercrime cases in the criminal justice process.

This module will also examine the relevant legislation and procedures relating to the investigation of cybercrime together with the levels of oversight and accountability that are in place.

Course content

After completing the module you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the key elements that constitute cybercrime and cyber-enabled crime together with the diversity of offences linked to this form of criminal activity
  • Measure the impact of cybercrime at the local, regional, national and international levels and evaluate the involvement of Organised Crime
  • Critically evaluate the law enforcement response to prevent, reduce, investigate and detect cybercrime
  • Assess the legislation, procedures and restrictions relating to the investigation of cybercrime, particularly the law enforcement use of open-source material and covert online investigations

Teaching and learning

Learning is on a part-time basis and through delivery on-site (at LJMU), off-site or through a blended delivery process incorporating some distance learning. Delivery will be supported by LJMU’s Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas. While the intake month is flexible, with the module being able to commence in semester 1, semester 2 or the summer period, the duration of study will usually last 18 weeks. Guest lecturers will be used on this programme and Masterclasses are likely to be run in parallel with each module. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend these events if calendars allow.

The course consists of:

  • 7 sessions run over a 18 week period
  • 21 taught hours
  • 200 learning hours

Entry requirements

  • First degree at 2:2 or above, international equivalent or through RPEL
  • This CPD module is open to recruitment for Police Officers, Police Staff and members of other law enforcement agencies who will deal with cybercrime as a key element of their work processes


Assessment methods:

  • 2000 word reflective portfolio based on the theory of this module
  • 2000 word essay

CPD award

This 20-credit module is studied as a single CPD programme and can contribute towards further studies at Level 7.

Further information

Further information is available in our Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies CPD brochure

Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies
80-98 Mount Pleasant 
L3 5UZ

Admissions enquiries:
T: 0151 231 5175
E: APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk


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