Available for January start
Online course details
Part-time: 2-3 years
January, September, May
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.
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.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Policing Leadership, Strategy and Organisation can be obtained upon passing 3 core modules (60 credits)
- Postgraduate Diploma in MSc Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation can be obtained upon passing all the 6 core modules (120 credits)
- Master of Science in Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation can be obtained upon passing a triple independent study module worth 60 credits and passing all the 6 core modules (180 credits)
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will normally need one of the following:
- an honours degree from a social science, business or management related discipline, at 2:2 level or above, or an equivalent international qualification
- appropriate experience (supported by employer references) gained through employed or voluntary work in the justice sector
- 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:
- IELTS 6.5
- TOEFL 550 (paper based) 213 (computer based) or 80 (internet based)
- Pearson Test of Academic English: 51
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
- London Tests of English: we accept level 5 for postgraduate courses
- International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
- International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C
Documents to support your application
You'll need to provide:
- Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence
- Current CV
- Written reference supplied on headed paper from either a manager, supervisor, tutor or teacher
- Copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*
*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The full name and signature of the translator, or an authorised official of the company
- The translator’s contact details
A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.
| ||Per 20 credits||Modules||Cost|
||7 (six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit module)
† Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.
Flexible payment plans available
Choose from three options:
Pay monthly and only for the modules you are studying
Pay your full course fees upfront, receive 5% discount and avoid annual increases
Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount (September enrolment only)
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.
Students should apply directly to the University.
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.
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Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.
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