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MSc Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation
Why choose this course?
Designed exclusively for current and aspiring police leaders, this innovative course will equip you to operate at a high-profile strategic level.
- Set yourself apart as a dynamic leader who can drive change and improve modern policing performance
- Build on your business and management skills to succeed in a politically demanding and legally complex environment
- Learn through real and simulated police strategy challenges, including projects where you tackle challenges in your own workplace
- Gain privileged access to influential figures from the profession through our exceptional visiting speaker programme
- Network with police leaders from across the world - our strong international links bring a vital global perspective to this course
- Be inspired by a talented teaching team who combine academic credibility with professional expertise.
Course code: MM2AE Start date: September and January (January start is subject to applications) Course length: Full-time: one year. Part-time: two years Campus: One Friar Gate Square College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences
This course is available to international students
About this course
Police leaders today have to operate in a transparent, ethical and highly accountable arena - where their decisions are often scrutinised by politicians, the media and the general public. Our new MSc in Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation aims to fill a gap in provision for individuals with high potential and the capacity to shape the future of the profession.
Meeting 21st century priorities
This exciting course offers a unique combination of the latest business and management thinking, criminology and social sciences - all applied to the complex challenges of contemporary policing. It has been launched at a time of calls for greater public accountability, the growing importance of community partnerships and, in some quarters, a crisis of confidence in the integrity of police services.
Our MSc goes well beyond traditional public sector skills and generic leadership programmes. It gives you an in-depth knowledge of the critical issues surrounding police accountability and independence, policing effectiveness and performance, and organisational transformation. It will stretch and inspire you to take your leadership skills to the highest professional standards.
We have built a reputation as a world-leading provider of police education and we have one of the largest teams of academics with policing experience in any UK university. They include former police leaders as well as academic researchers whose cutting-edge work is helping to shape the national and international development of policing. You’ll also draw on the wider expertise available at the University in areas such as business, law, HR and economics.
You’ll benefit from the wisdom of some of the most influential figures in policing today. We pride ourselves on a superb network of contacts from chief constables and crime commissioners to representatives from national policing organisations, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, the College of Policing, the Chartered Management Institute and representatives of the private sector. They have played a key role in the design of our course to ensure it matches the needs of the profession today.
These strong partnerships mean we can offer an outstanding visiting speaker programme, enabling you to discuss issues - in complete confidence - with leaders in the field. We also host regular events with organisations such as the Society of Evidence-based Policing and the British Society of Criminology.
A truly global outlook
Our approach provides a unique bridge between policing in the UK and the rest of the world. While other police leadership courses focus primarily on the UK and USA, our MSc boasts a broader international perspective and you’ll find yourself sharing insights and experience with senior police officers from around the world.
What you will cover
The course is made up of three stages - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc. There may be the option of a practical placement, subject to numbers and security clearance.
You’ll study modules such as:
Policing and Accountability
You’ll examine the complex political, legal, financial and operational challenges of working with local and national government and the community as stakeholders. This module explores the relationship with democratic and regulatory bodies as well as the strategies that secure police independence, the rule of law and due process in a society which aims to reflect liberal values such as representation, civil liberties, free expression and accountability. There is also a focus on business, political and economic measures for practical engagement with oversight authorities, the courts and government.
Police Leadership and Organisational Transformation
You’ll consider the changes needed for reorientation of policing organisations to meet 21st century priorities, including the move towards community partnerships and proactive problem-solving. This module addresses the role of the police as facilitators, leaders and enablers, with a broader look at strategic planning, policy development and organisational transparency, including political accountability through Police and Crime Commissioners. You’ll look at logistical issues of resourcing and deployment, with personnel, training and development placed within the context of best practice in strategic human resources. You’ll also explore issues centred on ICT systems and data.
Applied Research in Criminal Justice Systems
This module will equip you with the practical techniques to engage in postgraduate academic research and in real-world studies which support organisational analysis and improvement.
You’ll study modules such as:
Partnerships and Policing
You’ll develop advanced skills in multi-agency and inter-agency working and explore the situation of policing within the network of social, private sector and public organisations. You will also consider the tools required to build, develop and maximise partner relationships in addressing criminal activity. Public sector interactions and the challenges of inter-agency working, data sharing and organisational culture will be explored, together with contractual considerations through the use of case studies. In addition, this module enables you to examine the role of the media as partners in crime prevention and public engagement and the opportunities now presented through social media.
What Works in Policing
You’ll handle and critique live research case studies conducted in the field, examining and exploring the emerging findings and results so that you can identify what works within the policing arena. This module directly supports the police professionalisation agenda and acknowledges that police leaders, along with other public sector providers, are increasingly being asked to account for their utilisation of resources. The critical importance of research, monitoring and evaluation frameworks in operational decision-making will be examined in depth.
Policing and Criminal Investigation Across the World - presenting a comprehensive analysis of various criminal justice systems throughout the world to explore which policing, investigation, deterrents and correction methods are most ‘effective.’
Cyber Crime 1: Evidence and Digital Investigation - examining the nature of crimes committed on the internet and the legalities surrounding the investigation of such crimes, including recovery of evidence from hardware and digital storage media.
Cyber Crime 2: Investigation and Prosecution of Cybercrime - exploring how to address trans-national cybercrime in an era when the internet enables organised crime groups to plan their activities in different jurisdictions and target victims in many others.
Financial Investigation Models - offering a comprehensive and systematic critique of current systems of financial investigation and how to engage lawful and professional investigations to achieve effective outcomes.
Criminal Investigation 1: Principles of Investigation - focusing on how practitioners carry out investigations, including intelligence and evidence gathering, at a time when important scientific and technological developments have had a considerable impact on practice.
Investigating Serious Crime - an opportunity to critically analyse the impact of police investigative practices on serious and complex crime such as homicide, with particular focus on the investigative interviewing of suspects.
Investigating Sexual Offences - covering the threats presented by sexual offenders in both the real and virtual worlds and evaluating the law enforcement responses used by diverse agencies to investigate, monitor and manage sexual offences.
Independent Studies in Policing
You’ll propose a realistic research issue within the context of policing, criminology or the criminal justice sector. You’ll then plan its execution, demonstrating a critical awareness of relevant literature and theories. You’ll be supervised by an Independent Studies Supervisor who can assist you during each stage of the process from selecting your topic and researching the context to presenting your findings.
Please note: modules are subject to availability, and may change to suit the needs of industry.
You'll normally need an appropriate undergraduate degree 2:2 or above. We'll also accept students with significant experience through work or voluntary engagement in the justice sector or those who are professionally qualified to work in the justice sector at a graduate stage or above.
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Fees and finance
2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£690 per 20 credits*
£690 per 20 credits*
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
Postgraduate Certificate 60 Credits Postgraduate Diploma 120 Credits MA or MSc 180 Credits
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Funding your studies
Alumni discount for Derby graduates
How you will learn
Teaching and learning
The course combines highly stimulating lectures, engaging seminar group discussions, practical sessions in our courtrooms and interviewing suite, and guided student-centred and independent learning activities. Our emphasis throughout is on developing your leadership, analytical and problem-solving skills. We offer small class sizes and a supportive environment where learning can be tailored to suit your own professional experience and aspirations.
Tackling real-world problems
This course is highly vocational and problem-focused, with each module centred on real and simulated police strategy and organisational challenges. Our aim is to help you develop as an effective manager in complex, unpredictable environments.
You can bring in, share and test your own responses to challenges in a confidential setting. As part of your studies, you can also undertake bespoke projects negotiated with your employer which will benefit your own organisation.
As evidence-based policy and practice is taking on greater significance within the profession, we also place great emphasis on action research. You’ll be equipped with the tools and techniques to undertake high level research which will generate new insights and add to the body of knowledge in the field of contemporary policing. You will also address how to obtain and use data in a responsible and ethical manner.
Assessment is through 100% coursework. Our assessment strategy is flexible to reflect the diverse backgrounds and learning styles of our students.
Formative assessments may include quizzes, debates, case study evaluation, role-play, group work and presentations, as well as enquiry based learning and problem-based learning activities. Summative assessments may include essays, group presentations, live debate sessions, reflective learning logs, management reports, business case evaluations, and the presentation of a strategy or market analysis.
At the Masters level, you will produce a dissertation as part of the Independent Studies module which showcases your ability to articulate and debate theoretical perspectives in relation to research findings.
Who you will meet
Professor Roger Baker: Visiting Professor of Policing at the University of Derby and former HMI.
Kevin Bampton: Head of the Department - As a former good government adviser to the UK Foreign Office and British Council, Kevin was involved in setting up numerous policing and criminal justice projects internationally. After working for the United Nations, he moved back into academia, developing the policing portfolio at the University of Derby. Kevin is the academic lead for projects that the University is engaged in with the Royal Malaysian Police, Qatar National Policing College and the UAE.
Nick Howe: Senior lecturer. Nick was formerly a police Chief Superintendent with Staffordshire Police (BCU Commander) and also served as a staff officer with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, inspecting police forces throughout England and Wales against the backdrop of the Governments Police Reform Agenda. He was a police firearms and public order commander and also commanded sporting and other major events. He also served as the officer in charge of Force Training.
Dr Kassim Noor Mohamed: Senior lecturer and former Senior Customs Officer in Malaysia with over 20 years of professional enforcement experience he specialised in field operations, which included surveillance, intelligence gathering, detection and prosecution of organised smuggling and customs fraud syndicates. In the UK, he was employed with the National Probation Service as a Probation Services Officer.
Michael Usherwood: Lecturer specialising in management studies, with particular focus on work-based learning. Michael commenced his policing career in the Metropolitan Police Service, moving to Derbyshire Constabulary in 2002, where he rose to the rank of Chief Superintendent and Divisional Commander. He has a wealth of operation uniform experience and was regularly called on to act as a Gold and Silver Commander for firearms and public order incidents.
Dr Philip Hodgson: Head of Criminology. Phil joined the University of Derby from Nottingham Trent University in September 2014. Prior to entering academia he was the strategic crime lead at Nottingham’s Crime and Drug Partnership. Phil has a wealth of practice experience having worked for the police, probation, the youth court and the voluntary sector and was on Nottinghamshire Police Authority until November 2012.
Dr. Dave Walsh. Is Reader in Investigation and Head of the Departments Research Group. Dave's doctoral research interests include the interviewing of victims, witnesses, and suspects. Additionally, he has published many papers in per-reviewed international academic journals in this area of study. He is currently an editorial board member for the Journal of Forensic Psychology and is Editor of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group's journal: Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice.
Dr Mark Kilgallon: is an Associate Lecturer and leading name in police leadership training. At Bramshill, he was the force behind the National Senior Command Course and is still substantially engaged with coaching most of the senior leadership in UK policing a law enforcement. His work with the UK police service is recognised as being a world leader in its field. Mark is a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Ethics Committee. He has also carried out work for the FBI.
Professor Geoff Berry: Professor of Policing and formerly the Head of Staffs University’s policing unit, Geoff is the UK’s lead in evaluation of policing and criminal justice. Geoff was also the Director of the Northampton Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice, a new research institute.
Tony Blockley: Senior Lecturer in Criminal Investigation. Tony was a former Detective Chief Superintendent and Head of Crime for Derbyshire Police up until 2010 when he left the service to form his own Investigation and management consultancy business. Whilst in the police he was a senior Investigator focused on major and serious crime investigations with an extensive background in complex policing operations.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Careers and employability
At a time when recruitment to senior roles in the police is changing, this MSc provides an excellent professional development route. For ambitious police professionals - in the UK and overseas - the qualification will not only showcase their knowledge and abilities but also accelerate their career progress. It provides a vital next step for those who have developed general business and leadership skills but need to operate in a higher profile context.
The course will also act as an important stepping stone for middle or senior managers in other sectors who are keen to move into police leadership. In addition, it will help graduates in subjects such as criminology or business to build an impressive CV and prepare for managerial roles in policing, security or related fields.
Ongoing careers support
Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with help, guidance and support from day one of your course - and for up to three years after you’ve completed your studies. You’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions.
What our students say
The new MSc builds on the success of a short course in Police Leadership and Organisational Transformation run by the University. It was attended by high profile senior police officers and feedback included comments such as:
- “The presenters and academic staff were deeply engaged and passionate in their various fields and were all up-to-date."
- “The course was enjoyable, intellectually stimulating and had a keen eye on identifying and exploring some of the future developing trends within policing.”
- “An inspiring course with very thought provoking moments and a valuable insight into leadership through others. There were parts that I will retain for some time to assist my own development. This course has given me an enlightening and enjoyable experience.”
- “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.”
- “There were some really difficult messages to swallow at times but I thought the course was extremely well balanced and the quality of the speakers was superb.”