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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5637M Financial Crime

15 creditsClass Size: 144

Module manager: Dr Steven Montagu-Cairns

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Financial crime has become an increasing concern to both national and international bodies over the past 30 years. Economically motivated crime permeates and is a threat to the development and stability of an economy. In recent years there has been a significant change in focus to tackle criminal behaviour by denying criminals access to funding. The broad aim of the module is to undertake a critical analysis of contemporary issues in financial crime and its impact on our society. We will look at individual elements of financial crime under the broad headings of Fraud, Money Laundering, Bribery, Insider Dealing and Market Abuse, Tax Evasion and Ethics. Additional information on the module will be available to view on the Virtual Learning Environment.


- To provide knowledge and understanding of the impact of a range of financial crimes.
- To provide knowledge, understanding and analysis of attempts to combat financial crime.

Learning outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:
- show a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry may be used to create and interpret knowledge in the area of financial crime.
- have a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current problems and contemporary issues and/or insights into the changing nature of UK and international organisations operating within a multi-national framework.
- demonstrate conceptual understanding and evidence critical evaluation, current research and advanced scholarship in the area of financial crime.
- demonstrate the capacity to work independently and to professional standards and display high order skills in legal research and legal writing.
- demonstrate knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the relevant contemporary legal issues.


Introduction to Financial Crime
Money Laundering
Money Laundering 2
Insider Dealing and Market Abuse
Tax Evasion

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours134.50
Total Contact hours15.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formative assessment opportunity will be provided.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 3,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/10/2023 09:27:52


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