Available for January start

Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 2-3 years

UK/EU fee

£8,820

International fee

£8,820

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MSc

Start dates

January, September, May

Location

Online

Online course description

Policing in both the public and private sectors is undergoing a radical transformation both within the UK and internationally. Police forces are facing new challenges and greater complexities as a result of globalisation and digital advancements, amongst other factors. In the UK, for policing to future proof itself, the Policing Vision 2025 seeks transformational change and reform across the whole of policing.

This part-time online Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation Masters programme is for police leaders to develop the critical skills, confidence and competence to lead revolutionary change and shape the future of the policing profession.

In line with 21st century policing priorities

Today there is growing pressure for public accountability, a greater importance of community partners and, in some quarters, there is a crisis of confidence in the integrity of police services.

This distinctive and contemporary Masters programme applies current management thinking, criminology and social sciences to the increasingly intricate world of modern-day policing.

You'll gain an in-depth perspective of critical issues surrounding police accountability, independence, policing effectiveness, performance and organisational transformation. It will take your leadership skills and your ability to think creatively, innovatively and strategically to a higher level whilst inspiring and equipping you to influence positive reform.

A world leader in police education

We are a global provider in police education with a substantial team of academics with policing experience in UK universities. The team includes former police leaders as well as academic researchers whose cutting-edge work is helping to shape the development of policing, nationally and internationally.

Delivered through our distinctive and best practice approach to online learning, this part-time online programme is particularly suited to leaders in the policing profession as all studies will be completed via the internet.

Benefit from the wisdom of some of the most influential figures in policing today

We have a notable network of highly influential figures and contacts from across the sector, from chief constables and crime commissioners to representatives from national policing organisations such as Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, the College of Policing, the Chartered Management Institute, as well as representatives of the private sector. They have played a key role in the design of our course to ensure it meets the demands of the profession today.

These strong relationships allow us to offer an outstanding guest speaker programme held through live webinar sessions, enabling you to discuss issues and learn from leaders in the field. You will also have the opportunity to attend Society of Evidence-based Policing and the British Society of Criminology events held at our Derby Campus throughout the year.

Contemporary policing from a global perspective

To ensure you gain a global perspective of contemporary policing, this Masters programme considers policing in the UK and the rest of the world.  It takes a broad international viewpoint and considers current and topical issues as they arise. You will find yourself sharing insights, experiences and best practice with police leaders from around the world and from a range of policing contexts through our virtual learning environment.

What you will study

The programme comprises three progressive stages; Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) and Masters (MSc).

You will be required to achieve 60 credits to complete each award within the programme, totalling to 180 credits to achieve the full Masters. 

We would encourage you to complete the full MSc, but if you prefer, you can still gain an exit award at either the PG Cert or PG Dip stage.

MastersMasters

Code: 7CJ500

Applied Research

This module will provide you with a grounding in empirical research methods for criminology. You’ll learn about various approaches to research, including research design, data collection and analysis, preparing you for your independent study as well as benefitting you to conduct research after your studies.

The module examines the various approaches to criminology research, drawing on examples from the crime and justice field to illustrate broader concepts and theories.   You’ll also explore issues relevant to criminal research, in particular, relating to access, ethical constraints and data protection.

Module Learning Outcomes:  

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate a variety of approaches to conducting empirical and academic research in the field of professional practice.
  • Operate in an ethical context relevant to the level of study and professional practice context.
  • Provide a critical analysis of received approaches to research in professional practice and into their own research activities and findings.  
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core
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Code: 7CJ500

Applied Research

This postgraduate module provides students with grounding in empirical research methods for criminology. Students will learn about various approaches to research, including research design, data collection and analysis. This will help to prepare students for their postgraduate independent study, and will also be of use to those who wish to conduct research after completion of their studies. The module examines various approaches to criminology research, drawing upon examples in the crime and justice field in order to illustrate broader concepts and theories. Students will also explore specific issues relevant to criminology research, particularly in relation to access, ethical constraints, and data protection.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate a variety of approaches to conducting empirical and academic research in the field of professional practice
  2. Operate in an ethical context relevant to the level of study and professional practice context
  3. Provide a critical analysis of received approaches to research in professional practice and into their own research activities and findings

Module content

  • Hypothesis of valid questions for enquiry within organisations
  • Critical analysis of the process of research and its component parts
  • Debating the appropriateness of various methodological approaches to research eg controlled trials, survey, grounded theory, thematic analysis and the specific challenges of operating within and outside of organisations
  • Development of research questions and debate various approaches to answering these eg phenomenological approaches, feminist approaches, critical theory
  • Critical awareness of budgetary and ethical issues in research
  • Analysis of various sampling strategies and data collection techniques eg interview, observation, questionnaire, development
  • Development of competencies in various data analysis techniques eg relevant statistical tests, textual analysis
  • A systematic understanding of the range of traditional and cutting edge research methods available and when their use is appropriate
  • A practical understanding of how research is used to inform theory and practice
  • Ability to critically evaluate and interpret published research, to thoughtfully evaluate the pros and cons of various research designs and to generate novel hypotheses from the critique of published research
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for designing and conducting original research in the student’s chosen area
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7CJ518

Police Leadership and Organisational Transformation

This module explores the changes needed for reorientation of policing organisations to meets 21st century priorities within liberal democracies. On the module, you’ll address the role of the police as facilitators and enablers, with a broader look at strategic planning, policy development and organisational transparency including political accountability. The module explores the effectiveness of a variety of leadership styles that best support organisational transformation. Matters relating to resourcing and deployment are also considered, along with personnel, training and development as best practice human resource management strategies. Factors around ICT and management of data are covered too.

Module Learning Outcomes:  

On successful completion of the module, you’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate an applied understanding of the need for contemporary management and leadership styles and competencies.
  • Critically evaluate how different leadership styles and strategies can effect organisational direction and transformation.
  • Critique and evaluate the need for change in order for policing to be able to meet 21st century demands and requirements.
  • Demonstrate an applied understanding of strategies to organisational change and how these can be developed to achieve organisational transformation.  
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20 Credits
core
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Code: 7CJ518

Police Leadership and Organisational Transformation

This module explores the changes needed for reorientation of policing organisations to meet 21st-century priorities within liberal democracies. Candidates will address 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. In particular the module will explore the effectiveness of a variety of leadership styles that best support organisational transformation. Logistical issues relating to resourcing and deployment are also considered, with personnel, training and development placed within the context of best practice in strategic human resources. Issues centred on ICT (information and communications technology) systems and data will also be covered.

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion of the module students will be able to:

  1.  Demonstrate an applied understanding of the need for contemporary management and leadership styles and competencies
  2. Critically evaluate how different leadership styles and strategies can effect organisational direction and transformation
  3. Critique and evaluate the need for change in order to policing to be able to meet 21st-century demands and requirements
  4. Demonstrate an applied understanding of strategies to organisational change and how these can be developed to achieve organisational transformation
  5. Demonstrate an applied understanding of the effects of organisational transformation, and how such change programmes can be analysed and evaluated

Module content

  • To explore the changing strategic needs for policing services in the 21st century
  • Professionalisation of policing
  • The role and function of police leadership within a changing context
  • Managing and leading change
  • Organisational culture, police cultures
  • An exploration of leadership styles and their relationship to delivering effective organisational outcomes
  • An examination of leadership competencies associated with transformational leadership styles
  • Critique and evaluation of police visionaries and their leadership approaches
  • Critique of learning organisations both within the public and private sectors
  • Application of strategic planning and policy development
  • Strategic Human Resource planning – personnel, training and development
  • ICT to support information system requirements of transformational change
  • Organisational transparency and marketing/communicating brand and image
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7CJ520

Partnerships and Policing

This module provides a comprehensive and systematic critique of both the potential opportunities, benefits, limitations and constraints offered to policing by working in partnership with a variety of different, and sometimes competing, stakeholders. Current policy with the UK encourages partnerships and collaboration between statutory organisations (including the police) and professionals; public and private sectors; with voluntary organisations and local communities. This module looks at how to engage in lawful, effective and professional partnership practice. The pluralisation of services and theories of convergence linked to crime and community safety being a shared responsibility will be examined and the relevance of partnerships to policing strategies including community policing and problem oriented policing will be explored.

Module Learning Outcomes:  

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the possibilities and limitations of police engagement in partnerships and collaborative activity with reference to lawful and professional practice.
  • Uncover the complex processes involved in partnership and inter-agency collaboration and thereby identify key components of successful partnership working.
  • Evaluate and critique the strategic fit of policing in partnership with various models of policing.
  • Demonstrate an applied understanding of the fundamentals of project and programme management; how these pertain to the policing, their organisations and their roles.  
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7CJ520

Partnerships and Policing

This postgraduate module provides students with a comprehensive and systematic critique of both the potential opportunities, benefits, limitations and constraints offered to policing by working in partnership with a variety of different and sometimes competing stakeholders. Current policy within the UK encourages partnerships and collaboration between statutory organisations (including the police) and professionals; public and private sectors; with voluntary organisations and local communities. Delivered on line candidates will develop critical insights into the knowledge of how to engage in lawful, effective and professional partnership practice. The module will examine the pluralisation of services and theories of convergence linked to crime and community safety being a shared responsibility.

The module will also explore the relevance of partnerships to policing strategies including community policing and problem oriented policing. The module will also explore political and academic discourse regarding the current police service’s structure and fitness for purpose.

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the possibilities and limitations of police engagement in partnerships and collaborative activity with reference to lawful and professional practice
  2. Uncover the complex processes involved in partnership and inter-agency collaboration and thereby identify key components of successful partnership working
  3. Evaluate and critique the strategic fit of policing in partnership with various models of policing
  4. Demonstrate an applied understanding of the fundamentals of project and programme management; how these pertain to the policing, their organisations and their roles

Module content

  • To explore the nature, content and purpose of police approaches to partnership working
  • An examination of the `effectiveness` or otherwise of partnerships
  • Critique the bureaucracy, administration and structures of police engagement with partnerships
  • Partnership legalities, contract and informality.
  • An examination that the medium of partnerships may present to both police culture and police leadership/independence.
  • A critical review of the Morgan Report 1991 and the concept of a shared responsibility for crime and community safety
  • Identification that police involvement in partnerships is far wider than the limited focus of crime prevention and community safety
  • Critique of the opportunities and challenges faced through partnerships and contracts with private sector organisations
  • An examination of theoretical frameworks and perspectives in which to analyse the emergence of partnerships
  • Identification and critique of the complex processes involved in partnership and multi-agency working
  • A review of the discourse between declared policy and how partnerships are realised on the ground.
  • Partnerships and identification of emerging best practice and its implications for future police reform.
  • A grounding in the fundamentals of project and programme management
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7CJ521

Policing and Accountability

This postgraduate module deals with the concepts, debates, literature and research relating to police ethics and accountability. It will develop a systematic understanding of the ways in which policing is, and can be, practised and held to account. The module will 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 human rights and liberal values such as representation, civil liberties, free expression and accountability.

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the concepts, models and theoretical frameworks pertaining to the requirements of contemporary policing within a modern democracy
  2. Critically evaluate the effects of ethical leadership and decision-making to the practice of policing
  3. Provide critical analysis of the models, structures and frameworks that can hold the police to account

Module content

  • An exploration and critique of the role and function of policing in a modern democracy
  • Ethical theory and Human Rights and its application to police practice
  • The relevance of social contract and policing by consent
  • An exploration of context and complexities of policing diverse communities
  • A critical examination of police discretion and its application
  • Police culture and the leadership challenges that it presents
  • Police corruption and its impact upon police legitimacy
  • The relationship with democratic and regulatory bodies as well as the strategies that secure police independence
  • Identify and critique recommendations/learning lessons from public inquiries and scrutiny reports into police practice
  • A critique of police performance and performance measurement
  • An exploration of Police/media relationships
  • An examination of organisational efficiency and effectiveness
  • Predict directions of travel for future police reform and development
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7CJ521

Policing and Accountability

This module deals with the concepts, debates, literature and research relating to police ethics and accountability. It looks at the ways in which policing is, and can be, practised and held to account. On this module, you’ll examine the complex political, legal, financial, and operational challenges of working with local and national government and the community as stakeholders. The module explores the relationship with democratic and regulatory bodies as well as the strategies that secure the police independence, the rule of the law and due process in a society which aims to reflect human rights and liberal values such as representation, civil liberties, free expression and accountability.

Module Learning Outcomes:  

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the concepts, models and theoretical frameworks pertaining to the requirements of contemporary policing within a modern democracy
  2. Critically evaluate the effects of ethical leadership and decision making to the practice of policing
  3. Provide critical analysis of the models, structures and frameworks that can hold the police to account. 
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7CJ522

What Works in Policing

Against a backdrop of the police professionalisation agenda, this module provides the opportunity for you to examine police and crime reduction led research and initiatives and to evaluate their findings. Increasingly public services, including the police and their partners, are being called to account for their utilisation of resources. In this context, the critical importance that research, monitoring and evaluation frameworks can have to operational decision making will be explored in depth, including how to commission research.

Module Learning Outcomes:  

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate and critique the benefits of using evidence based research in policing and police initiatives to inform policing policy, practice and accountability;
  • Critically analyse and evaluate research led policing and research led initiatives;
  • Critically assess the importance and relevance of police information and management systems in the capturing of data to aid evidence based research and decision making. 
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core
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Code: 7CJ522

What Works in Policing

Against the backdrop of the police professionalisation agenda, this module provides an opportunity to examine police and crime reduction led research and initiatives and to evaluate their findings both face-to-face or online. Increasingly, public services, including the police and their partners, are being called to account for their utilisation of resources and the critical importance that research, monitoring and evaluation frameworks can have to operational decision making will be explored in depth, including how to commission research.

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion of the module students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and critique the benefits of using evidenced based research into policing and police initiatives in order to inform policing policy, practice and accountability
  2. Critically analyse and evaluate research led policing and research led initiatives
  3. Critically assess the importance and relevance of police information and management systems in the capturing of data to aid evidenced based research and decision making

Module content

  • Promoting innovation and experiments in policing: what works?
  • Leading leaders of police experiments
  • Advancing police experiments and evidenced-based policing
  • Advancing police information and management systems – the use of technology
  • Research methodology, evaluation frameworks and research practice
  • Turning evidenced based research into evidenced based policy and practice
  • Internal consultancy skills to create opportunities for change
  • Learning from experience and practice
  • Critiquing and reviewing research and experiments
  • Applying criminological/social science theory to policing practice
  • Policing experiments – reviewing the boundaries and constraints
  • Applying management theory to policing practice
  • Critically analyse and evaluate research led policing
  • Critically analyse and evaluating research led initiatives
  • Links to policing strategies – including compstat (the use of comparative statistics), problem-oriented policing and intelligence-led policing
  • Assessing the importance of monitoring and evaluation within the practice of policing
  • Assessing evidence quality
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7CJ545

Managing Policing Resources

This module deals with the concepts, debates, literature and research relating to police business skills relevant to contemporary policing and fiscal accountability. It looks at the ways in which policing is, and can be, delivered through a myriad of resourcing interpretations. The module examines the complex political, legal, financial and operational challenges of working within public sector fiscal restraint and explores the changing expectations of societal need as to best value and interpretations of effective strategy. The relationship of policing with democratic oversight and regulatory bodies pertaining to finances and resourcing within the public sector will also be explored.

Module Learning Outcomes:  

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate, critique and apply a range of theories and concepts to police organisations’ strategic planning cycles
  • Demonstrate an applied understanding of a range of leadership and managerial techniques to improve performance, provide feedback and tackle under-performance.
  • Critically evaluate the importance of information flow in the police service and its relevance to the police decision making processes.
  • Demonstrate an applied understanding of strategies and principles of financial control and how these are applied in the police service.  
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core
Coursework

Code: 7CJ545

Managing Policing Resources

This postgraduate module deals with the concepts, debates, literature and research relating to police business skills relevant to contemporary policing and fiscal accountability. It will develop a systematic understanding of the ways in which policing is, and can be, delivered through a myriad of resourcing interpretations. The module will examine the complex political, legal, financial and operational challenges of working within public sector fiscal restraint and explores the changing expectations of societal need as to best value and interpretations of effective strategy. Equally this module explores the relationship of policing with democratic oversight and regulatory bodies pertaining to finances and resourcing within the public sector. Delivered both face-to-face and online.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate, critique and apply a range of theories and concepts to police organisations’ strategic planning cycles
  2. Demonstrate an applied understanding of a range of leadership and managerial techniques to improve performance, provide feedback and tackle under-performance
  3. Critically evaluate the importance of information flow in the police service and its relevance to the police decision making processes
  4. Demonstrate an applied understanding of strategies and principles of financial control and how these are applied in the police service

Module learning

  • Strategic management in context: its history, evolution, and role in corporate development, and the role of leaders and managers as innovative strategic thinkers
  • Fundamental analysis of corporate performance
  • Measurement of organisational, divisional and departmental performance
  • Key decision making processes and models
  • Managerial practice to check, do, plan and act to meet organisational objectives
  • Service design and the application of Lean techniques
  • Intellectual property
  • Information systems and flow
  • Systems thinking
  • The purpose, structure and integration of budgets, from a planning and controlling perspective Strategic management accounting, financial budgeting and reporting
  • Interpretation of financial statements
  • Internal costing structures - tools and techniques required for assisting management in controlling and decision-making
  • Zero-based, priority based, activity based and incremental budgeting
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7CJ998

Independent Study

The independent study is a significant piece of the Master’s programme. It is a major piece of independently researched work, which provides the opportunity to conduct an in depth investigation of a strategic police leadership or management issue and addresses organisational issues and provides a response to solving the problem.

Through the independent study, you’ll have the opportunity to use and build on the knowledge and intellectual skills gained during the course, by means of an extensive investigation of a significant management area. You’ll also have the opportunity to reflect on the research experience and use what you have learned to guide your future development via a reflective statement and development plan. 

Module Learning Outcomes:  

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Act autonomously in designing a research project that critically evaluates a problem or issue to a professional standard. The topic should be relevant to the title of the programme and should meet the University’s ethical guidelines;
  • Devise and conduct an appropriate research methodology to investigate the problem or issue, reviewing pertinent literature, analysing primary and / or secondary data to an appropriate depth and demonstrating strategic awareness within the discipline;
  • Reflect on the process of undertaking a significant piece of independent research using the ideas and concepts from the course and plan their future development.  
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60 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7CJ998

Independent Study

Independent Study normally forms a significant part of a masters programme. This is a major piece of independently researched work, providing an opportunity to carry out an in-depth investigation of a Police leadership/management problem or issue that should normally have a strategic dimension and which addresses organisational issues and provides a response to solving the problem or issue.

Independent study will provide the student with the opportunity to use and enhance the knowledge and intellectual skills gained during the course, by means of an extensive investigation of a significant management area. The module provides an opportunity for those studying any of the specialist programmes to explore an in depth topic relevant to that programme. It also provides the opportunity for students to reflect on the research experience and use what they have learned to guide their future development via a reflective statement and development plan.

As a result of developing and applying an analytical framework based on a specialist issue, participants will be able to enhance their own competencies for undertaking future research or analysis. Participants will be better able to evaluate the research analysis carried out by others and better able to plan their own development.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of the module students will be able to: 

  1. Act autonomously in designing a research project that critically evaluates a problem or issue to a professional standard. The topic should be relevant to the title of the programme and should meet the University’s ethical guidelines
  2. Devise and conduct an appropriate research methodology to investigate the problem or issue, reviewing pertinent literature, analysing primary and/or secondary data to an appropriate depth and demonstrating strategic awareness within the discipline
  3. Reflect on the process of undertaking a significant piece of independent research using the ideas and concepts from the course and plan their future development

Module content

The independent study represents a major learning experience for participants, providing an opportunity to pursue in considerable depth and with suitable academic rigour a specific area of police leadership/management and/or strategy, building on the study of relevant concepts, models and paradigms.

Each study will be supervised by an Independent Studies Supervisor, appointed by the Department of Law and Criminology. At the beginning, and as part of this module, a dissertation/project proposal will be individually negotiated and assessed. The proposal will have to demonstrate that the proposed research can be achieved. The student will also have to complete an ethical approval form that meets the Universities ethics guidelines.

The final work will comprise a dissertation or action-based study, a reflective statement and development plan, followed by a viva voce/presentation. This whole process will normally be independently assessed by two tutors, one of whom will be the Independent Study Supervisor. The work may take the form of dissertation or action based study.

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60 Credits
core
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Teaching and learning

We recognise the demanding nature of the law enforcement profession. With this in mind, we have designed this part-time online programme to enable you to fit your studies in and around your professional and personal commitments.

Delivered entirely online, the course combines highly stimulating live tutorials and guest lectures, engaging group discussions through your digital learning environment, forums and community spaces, text, video and audio learning materials, and guided independent learning activities. Our emphasis throughout is on developing your leadership, analytical and problem-solving skills. We offer a supportive environment where learning can be tailored to suit your own professional experience and aspirations.

Addressing real-world problems

To develop as an effective manager and leader within complicated and often unpredictable environments, you'll explore real world problems and live scenarios, as well as simulated police strategy and organisational challenges throughout your studies.

You will use your on the job experiences to learn, grow 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 positively impact your own organisation and be of great value.

Evidence-based and reflective learning

As evidence-based policy and practice is becoming increasingly important within the policing profession, we place great emphasis on evidence-based learning as well as self-reflection within the programme. You'll be equipped with the tools and techniques to undertake high level research and generate new insights, adding to the body of knowledge surrounding modern day policing. You will also learn how to obtain and use data in a responsible and ethical manner, a valuable skill transferable to the workplace.

Personal development planning

Personal development planning (PDP) is built into the programme allowing you to capture, build and reflect upon your personal development throughout your studies. We are committed to helping our students become effective independent learners, committed to life-long learning and development. Your PDP portfolio will support your ongoing and continuous professional development.

Assessment

This course is assessed through 100% coursework. We adopt a flexible assessment strategy to reflect the diverse nature of our students and their varied learning styles. Formative and summative assessment methods demonstrate practical skills and competencies relevant to professional roles in policing.

Formative assessments may involve group or individual work and may take the form of quizzes, debates, evaluation of case studies, presentations, problem-based learning and enquiry-based learning.

Summative assessments demonstrate that you have met the programme's learning outcomes. They include essays, group presentations delivered virtually, live debates using digital platforms, and coursework such as management reports, business case evaluations, information modelling and strategy or market analysis presentations.

At Masters level, the Independent Study involves a dissertation research project in which you will articulate and debate theoretical perspectives in relation to your own research findings.

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Entry requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  1. an honours degree from a social science, business or management related discipline, at 2:2 level or above, or an equivalent international qualification
  2. appropriate experience (supported by employer references) gained through employed or voluntary work in the justice sector
  3. be professionally qualified to work in the justice sector at a graduate stage or above

For requirements 2 and 3 your learning and communication skills and motivation to succeed on the programme may be assessed by the Programme Leader during an interview via Skype.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification.  For this course you will need at least one of the following:

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Fees and funding

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £980 7 (six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit module) £8,820

† Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three options:

 

Masters funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to help with living costs and tuition fees whilst studying your masters programme.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Careers

The Policing Vision 2025 sets out the plan for professionalising policing over the next ten years, acknowledging its role in society. The professionalisation of policing recognises the significant social impact the service has on society to maintain law and order, whilst providing confidence for communities to thrive and develop. Set against a backdrop of challenging social issues, policing requires up-to-date and critical thinking skills to enable officers to understand and manage challenging social issues, in sometimes difficult and demanding circumstances.

This Masters programme provides an ideal opportunity to recognise prior learning and experience and for police leaders to build on their experience through academic study and professional development to achieve a level 7 postgraduate qualification. A Masters degree, such as this, will strengthen your career prospects and give you an advantage within the law enforcement profession, in the UK or internationally.

Managers from other sectors who are keen to pursue a career within the Police force could benefit from this course to open doors into policing and police leadership. In addition, it will help graduates of subjects such as criminology or business to build an impressive CV and prepare for managerial roles in policing, security or other related professions.

Upon completing the MSc, there are also opportunities to progress onto PhD level study.

Programme leader

Tony Blockley

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