PG Cert in Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime Prevention

Building on the success of our wide range of specialist Masters and Executive Education programmes, we are pleased to introduce the Postgraduate Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering (AML) at Cass.

Key Information

Date: September 2019
Delivery: Part-time 
Total UK credits: 60
Total ECTS: 30
Tuition fee: £5,000

Programme overview

Delivered in partnership with LYSIS academy, throughout the programme you explore how AML fits into the activities of the City in general and specific financial institutions. In addition, we give you management, teambuilding and communication tools and techniques that will help you lead effectively in future AML roles.

Who is the programme for?

We designed the programme with an executive cohort in mind. The typical industries that would benefit from this
programme include:

■ Banks (both retail and investment)
■ Wealth managers
■ Insurance firms
■ Law firms
■ Hedge funds
■ KYC data utilities
■ Other regulated industries, required to be compliant and adhere to certain AML rules.

Focus and structure

Module 1: Fundamental principles of KYC

You explore the foundations of AML and terrorist financing within the context of the regulatory framework and learn the ensuing obligations on financial institutions. We give you an in-depth look at the theoretical components of the legal entities that make up the investment banking customer base so you understand the Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements. And we show you how the work sits within the City’s way of operating, particularly in the context of current thinking and practice in terms of ethical behaviour.

Module 2: High risk and enhanced due diligence

You deepen your knowledge of the high risk factors that trigger the need for enhanced due diligence, the highest level of customer due diligence. You explore the anatomy of a bank and where the risk, governance and compliance functions fit into it. We also introduce the fundamental aspects of effective leadership.

Module 3: Practical applications of theoretical concepts

You devise real-life situations in which you apply the theoretical concepts you have just learned to practise performing KYC analysis. You explore the risk, governance and compliance functions in more detail, as well as the importance of high performance teams.

Module 4: Advanced financial crime

You analyse more advanced themes in the financial crime arena, together with new or growing trends in financial crime. You examine up-and-coming legislation and regulatory guidance within the international regulatory space. This module also explores the growing focus on risk culture, together with the importance of effective communication among stakeholders.

All modules will run on Monday and Tuesday evenings 18:00 - 21:00 unless otherwise indicated.


The programme equips you with the analytical skills to deal with the complex investigative and remedial work arising in the AML world. At the same time, it instils the importance of developing the soft skills you need to influence people and organisations. It also gives you insights into how to practise effective stakeholder management. The ethos of the programme is to produce technically proficient people who understand the AML world and how to behave professionally, responsibly and ethically in it.

Admission process

Please note we only accept online applications. To apply, please complete the online application form. All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and are reviewed by an admissions panel. We aim to return a decision on an application as soon as possible (and always within a 4-6 week period).

Admission requirements

  • You need a good Bachelor’s degree (2.1 at least) or equivalent work experience to be accepted on to this programme
  • You must also have a minimum of 3 years of experience in AML and/or have successfully completed the Lysis foundation and intermediate training courses (passing all required assessments)
  • You need to submit two references, one of which must be an academic reference if you do not have previous work experience
  • If you have not previously studied in English, you must take an IELTS exam. The IELTS requirement is 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing.

Supporting documents required

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • Personal statement
  • CV
  • References - please read our guidance
  • English language qualification
  • GMAT (if applicable)
  • Confirmation of professional qualifications/exemptions/passes (if applicable)
  • Final year module list (if currently studying)
  • A-Level certificates (if requested)


If you have been offered a place on the Postgraduate Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime Prevention programme, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. This deposit must be paid by the deadline given on your offer letter. Your offer acceptance will only be finalised once the deposit payment has been received.

Deposits will only be returned in exceptional cases to applicants who have failed to meet the conditions of their offer, or to international students who were unable to obtain the necessary visas. This will be subject to presentation and assessment of valid documentation supporting the claim. Please see City, University of London's deposit policy for more information.

The deposit for the Postgraduate Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime Prevention programme is £500. The deposit amount will be deducted from the first instalment of your tuition fees.

Please pay your deposit online through the City, University of London online payment system.

More information

For more detailed information about the programme, including accreditation, admission requirements and assessment, please download the programme brochure.

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