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Finance, AML & Compliance

ICA MSc Financial Crime and Compliance in Digital Societies (Top-up)

Course details




12 month, part-time, blended top-up course delivered via a mix of online content and three-day practical masterclasses three times a year. Enrolment date September 2024. Programme price TBC.

Course Overview

This executive Master’s degree offered by the University of Manchester is exclusively available to those who hold an ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in either Governance, Risk and Compliance or Financial Crime Compliance.

  • Gain leading and up-to-date knowledge – benefit from the University’s Department of Criminology reputation and be at the forefront of financial crime and fraud research.
  • Transform your business operations – enhance your knowledge and turn science into practice to drive corporate strategy, policy and processes.
  • Build a global network – meet your international peers, academics and subject experts.

This 12-month, part time, blended top-up course is delivered via a mix of online content and three-day practical masterclasses, three times a year, and allows you to study at your own pace. The masterclasses will take place in Manchester, UK but will be streamed or recorded for those unable to attend.

Course Content

Develop a theoretical and conceptual toolkit for determining the most plausible explanations for risk, threats and transgressions inside and outside your business.

Recognise the complexity and multiplex nature of the business world within which regulatory and governance problems, and financial crime risks occur.

Gain knowledge of how to interact with regulators and enforcement authorities, including information sharing and self-reporting of internal failures.

Acquire advanced level knowledge on business risks and opportunities related to digital trust and digital security.

Obtain expertise on the range and nature of insider and outsider financial crime risks in relation to people, technologies, data and information, and be ab le to develop strategies for mitigation and development for specific cyber-security incidents.

Course Benefits

Gain the digital edge in financial crime and compliance.

As digital technologies and systems advance, so do the nature and organisation of financial crime and compliance risks for business. In the face of increasingly sophisticated financial crime concerns, such as illicit finance, corruption and fraud within digital societies and economies, it is crucial to be equipped with the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to understand and respond to these challenges.

The top-up MSc in Financial Crime and Compliance in Digital Societies has been created with these issues firmly at the forefront. This part-time flexible, blended master’s has been developed with the ICA ensuring that students build on their expertise with the latest global standards to combat evolving digital threats.


This course is assessed via mixture of written coursework (e.g. short essay or reflective contributions) and online tasks (i.e. quizzes, short reflections and analyses on the content of the weekly session).


Students must have successfully completed the ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Crime Compliance or the ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance.

Next Steps

Please apply online for this course or view further details here.

Course Tutors

  • The International Compliance Association (ICA)

    The International Compliance Association (ICA) is the leading professional body for the global regulatory and financial crime compliance community. It is also the provider of internationally recognised, professional, certificated qualifications in anti-money laundering; governance, risk and compliance and financial crime prevention.

    Being a member of the ICA, a global community, is a mark of prestige and shows that you have reached a standard of excellence in your professional career.

  • Nicholas Lord

    Dr Nicholas Lord is a professor of Criminology at the University of Manchester since September 2013. He teaches in the areas of white-collar and corporate crimes, financial and economic crimes, series and organised crimes and criminological research.

    Hi research monograph, Regulating Corporate Bribery in International Business (Ashgate), was the winner of the British Society of Criminology Book Prize 2015. Nicholas was also the winner of the US National White-Collar Crime Research Consortium Young Career Award 2014.

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