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Master (MA) in Financial Crime and Criminal Justice

Neapolis University Pafos
3 semesters
Master's degree
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Master (MA) in Financial Crime and Criminal Justice

The Master in Financial Crime and Criminal Justice reflects the priorities of the University’s mission, is designed to provide a course of studies that meets local and national needs, promotes links with local communities and embraces modern pedagogy and learning technologies. The Master (MA) in Financial Crime and Criminal Justice will be offered by the School of Law that is dedicated to the academic excellence through teaching and research.

Specializing in a particular field is a smart choice for everyone interested in pursuing a career in that field. In that perspective the specialization in Financial Crime and Criminal Justice provides a well-designed, practice oriented, academic, post graduate education for those, on the one hand, practicing already criminal law as lawyers, prosecutors or judges, and for those, on the other, who are graduate students, aspiring to become leaders in the field of criminal law and criminal procedure in a national and European environment. During recent decades transnational Financial crime has become a major area of concern for politicians and policy makers and an increasingly important area of research. This has transformed Financial crime from a very specific area of practice, to a “day-to-day” practice, similar to civil litigation with a lot of research, drafting, factual development and argument, but with more significant client contact, which tends to be very close.

Our MA Specialization in Financial Crime and Criminal Justice intends to examine the phenomenon in terms of its recent emergence and further development, as well as to highlight typical forms and law enforcement responses to transnational organized crime. Accordingly, the aim of the program is not only to pursue an academic theoretical study, but also to enable theory to inform practice. The program is divided thematically between substantive issues of Financial crime and procedural issues within an Economic crime trial. In both cases emphasis is given on the transnational character of both the crime and the trial. Among the substantive areas which are covered are: Corporate Penal Law, Corruption – Bribery, Tax evasion, Organized crime, Money laundering, Misuse of Capital Market, Cybercrime, Fraud against the EU’s financial interests, Market Abuse, Cybercrime and Money Laundering. Participants will also learn how to deal with complex procedural matters arising in an Economic criminal trial with transnational elements, such as the principle of ne bis in idem, the rule of speciality in mutual assistance, the procedure in freezing property etc

The (MA) in Financial Crime and Criminal Justice is offered in Greek and English

Admission requirements

Applicants can submit their application electronically or otherwise (by mail, by fax, in person at the University’s secretariat). The Program takes into account the academic background of the candidate from his/her previous studies, as well as his/her ability to complete the Program.

The necessary supporting documents to be submitted with the application include:

  • Completed application form
  • Official transcript of academic work (degree, etc.) completed to date.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (B2 level language certificate). By decision of the Director of the Postgraduate Program, foreign language examinations may be held for candidates who are not adequately qualified, or another test, which demonstrates the candidate’s ability to meet the requirements of the Master’s Program.
  • Two (2) confidential recommendation letters, one of which must be from an instructor familiar with the student’s academic work.
  • A personal statement of interest in pursuing graduate studies

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Program content

The curriculum of the Master (MA) in Financial Crime and Criminal Justice is structured as follows:

Semester: 1

  • Economic Crime with Emphasis on AML/CFT
  • Anti-Corruption in Criminal Law-Elective
  • Criminal Capital Market Law-Elective
  • Economic and Financial Criminal Law: General Part-Elective
  • The International Dimension of Corporate Responsibility-Elective
  • Penal Protection of Professional Secrecy-Elective
  • Introduction to the FATF Countries’ Mutual Evaluation System-Elective

Semester: 2

  • European Economic Criminal Law
  • Organized Crime: Substantial, Procedural, and International Law-Elective
  • Prosecution and Investigation of Economic Crimes with Emphasis on Asset Freezing and Confiscation-Elective
  • Corporate Criminal Law and Compliance-Elective
  • Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity-Elective
  • Global Taxation Standards and Financial Crime-Elective
  • European Banking Law-Elective

Semester: 3

  • Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

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Neapolis University Pafos

Neapolis University Pafos

Neapolis University Pafos (NUP) is one of the leading private universities in Cyprus, located at the most welcoming city in the world, Pafos. Established in 2010, NUP is a young, vibrant academic institution which combines high-quality education with graduate career...

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Why study at Neapolis University Pafos

  • High level of education
  • Academically stimulating courses taught by excellent and approachable tutors
  • An exceptionally friendly university that welcomes students from all backgrounds and offers them the chance to succeed
  • Enjoyable environment and high-standard campus accommodation
  • Modern premises and facilities
  • Student clubs
  • Programmes taught in both Greek and English language
  • Accessible and frequent bus services connecting the town with all other cities
  • Bus route directly to and from Pafos International Airport
  • Campus near private medical clinic

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Neapolis University Pafos

2 Danais Avenue
8042 Paphos

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