Financial Criminology (PhD)

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About Courses

The research program in Financial Criminology is designed to provide a progressive, challenging and stimulating framework of study that will equip you with knowledge and skills in forensic accounting. Due to heightened awareness and growing intolerance of fraudulent activity, demand for Forensic Accountants is rapidly increasing. Thus, forensic accounting and fraud investigation is one of the fastest growing areas of accounting, and there is an increasing global demand for specialists with forensic accounting knowledge and skills. The course will help you develop an understanding of the need for an holistic approach in the investigatory models applied as well as focusing on an appreciation and understanding of the wide variety of financial crime and how the current regulatory framework and crime control statutes have developed to deal with them. Through examining features of corporate integrity and management control systems you will gain an understanding of the development and needs of corporate governance in the context of the control theories of the firm.

The postgraduate program (by research) in Accounting requires students to attend research workshops and research seminars conducted by the postgraduate office, the faculty and ARI. Students will present research proposal in the second semester during their first year. Student progress is regularly monitored by the faculty supervisory committee and the coordinator of postgraduate (research). Each postgraduate student has a main and second supervisor. He or she may appoint one external supervisor outside UiTM.

Mode of Program

Full Time/ Part Time

Duration of Study

  • Full Time : 3-4 Semesters
  • Part Time: 4-6 Semesters

Entry Requirements

  • Academic Qualification
    • Applicant must have a Master's Degree in a relevant field of study from a university recognized by the University Senate and the Malaysian government. [Certain programmes may have other requirements stipulated by the Faculty]
  • English Language Proficiency
    • a TOEFL certificate with a score of at least
    • 550 for (paper based), or
    • 213 (computer based), or
    • 79-80 (IBT), or
    • an IELTS certificate with at least Band 6.0

 *Any other English language certificates other than TOEFL and IELTS are NOT accepted by the university.


Research Areas 

  • Money Laundering – Types, Prevention, Detection, Rules & Regulation
  • Auditor Specialisation & Fraudulent Financial Reporting
  • Fraud Detection and Prevention Models
  • Risk Management, Fraud Risk Indicators and Red Flags
  • Tax Fraud and Preventive Mechanisms
  • Combating Corruption & Internal Control Corporate Integrity System
  • White Collar Crime and Criminal Justice System
  • Shariah Normative Framework
  • Financial Crime and Abuse
  • Integrity & Ethics
  • Whistleblowers – Regulation, Policies & Effectiveness
  • Commercial Crime and Financial Implications
  • Transfer Pricing Manipulation
  • Tax & GST Evasions
  • Transnational Fraud
  • Anti­Money Laundering Legislations 


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