Department of Computer Science and Technology

Course pages 2020–21 (these pages are still being updated)


Principal lecturer: Dr Alice Hutchings
Taken by: Part II CST 75%

No. of lectures: 16
Capacity: 14
Prerequisite courses: Software and Security Engineering, Economics, Law and Ethics


This course examines major topics relating to cybercrime from an interdisciplinary perspective. These include offence types and techniques, targets, victimisation, social and financial cost, criminal marketplaces, offenders, detection and prevention, and regulation and policing. The course outlines: key debates in cybercrime research; how crime is committed using computer systems; and provides an understanding of how cybercrime is regulated, policed, detected, and prevented.


  • Tools and techniques of cybercrime

  • Cybercrime victimisation

  • Costs and harms of cybercrime

  • Criminal marketplaces

  • Cybercrime offenders and offender pathways

  • Cybercrime prevention (situational and social approaches)

  • Regulation and policy

  • Cybercrime and the criminal justice system


By the end of the course students should

  • Have a broad knowledge of the key themes, debates, theory, and research in relation to cybercrime;
  • be able to match application requirements with concrete security definitions and identify their absence in naive schemes;

  • Have developed further skills in critical analysis;

  • Have developed skills in presenting a case study, critically evaluating current issues, and writing about cybercrime;

  • Have a sound understanding of strategies to combat and prevent cybercrime;

  • Understand the ethical and practical challenges in conducting cybercrime research.

Recommended reading

Hutchings & Clayton (2016)


4 Essays, one of 750 words, and 3 of 1000 words

Each essay will compose 25 % of the overall mark.