Applied masters degrees attract the United Arab Emirates’ police service

Group of male UAE students lined up inside a classroom “I studied a Bachelors Degree at police college but since coming here I’ve learned a lot more about what I need for my job." Rashed Alderei, student on the MSc Criminal Investigation

Over the last five years, the Institute has built strong links with the UAE’s police service. Approximately 50 of their middle-ranking police officers have graduated from our MSc Criminal Investigation programme and this year, the number of students they intend to send to Derby will double. Furthermore, our groundbreaking new MSc Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation has also gained their backing.

The right MSc for the UAE

The UAE’s police service first approached us back in 2011 via the Office of the Police Attaché, which is part of their embassy in London.

Dr David Walsh, Programme Leader of the MSc Criminal Investigation at that time and a world-renowned expert in the interviewing of victims, witnesses and suspects, reflects on the reasons for their interest:

“As a relatively young country, the UAE were keen to learn from the police forces of more established nations, particularly the British Police, who are held in high esteem internationally. They were attracted to Derby specifically because of our specialist expertise in police and justice, our applied learning approach and our use of former police and investigation practitioners as teachers.”

David continues: “The UAE cohorts have benefitted from exclusive teaching at our UK Derby Campus while they developed their confidence and understanding of international investigation practices. Integrated specialist language provision now means we can offer this masters level education to an even broader group of officers.” 

High levels of satisfaction

The UAE are significantly increasing the number of police officers being sponsored to attend our programmes, including:

This is due to the bespoke and country-specific approach we take. 

We've also received excellent feedback from students. 

Global knowledge exchange

Dr David Walsh is in no doubt about the value of our link with the UAE:

“Universities have to be global these days and as an academic, you have to seek out best practice, wherever it is in the world. For example, I’ve recently just edited two volumes of text about police interviewing of victims, witnesses and suspects, and have drawn on many international examples.

"International relationships and links, such as that which we have established with the UAE, are vital in enabling this global knowledge exchange.”

Commitment to our new MSc Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation

The next chapter in this story is the launch of a cutting-edge new masters degree in Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation in September 2015.

The UAE’s Police Attaché has already committed to sending approximately 10 students for its first year: a ringing endorsement for our Institute and for the quality of our curriculums.

Led by Nick Howe, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and former senior police officer, the programme has already attracted widespread international interest. UAE officers will be learning alongside other police officers from countries such as Oman, Bahrain, Malaysia and the UK.

Police leaders today have to operate in a transparent, ethical and highly accountable arena, where their decisions are often scrutinised by the courts, politicians, media and indeed the general public.

This exciting new MSc takes account of that, offering a unique combination of the latest business and management thinking, criminology and social sciences – all applied to the complex challenges of contemporary policing. 

The programme builds on the success of our 2014 short course in Police Leadership and Organisational Transformation, which was attended by UK police officers deemed as having high potential. We received excellent feedback from this short course.

“The environment in the class and within the University was excellent. The presenters and academic staff were obviously deeply engaged in their various fields and all were up-to-date. This is an auspicious start to a potentially ground-breaking programme”

Comment from a senior UK police officer about our short course in Police Leadership and Organisational Transformation – the pre-cursor to our new MSc Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation

 

Project lead:

 “Universities have to be global these days and as an academic, you have to seek out best practice, wherever it is in the world…International relationships and links, such as that which we have established with the UAE, are vital in enabling this global knowledge exchange.”

Dr David Walsh, former investigator for the UK Government. Now the Institute’s Lead for Research and Reader in Criminal Investigation.

Lecturer in Criminology, Mark Flint-Freel teaches a group of UAE students A group of UAE students being taught by Mr Mark Flint-Freel, Lecturer in Criminology

A student:

“All the lecturers are very experienced, which is very important and useful. It’s good to hear about practical experience as well as the academic side. We looked at a lot of cases and learned how to work with them and how to solve them. We are ready now to go back home and get started.”

Juma Alremeithi, a trainee police officer from UAE who's studying the MSc Criminal Investigation