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The International and Transnational Policing MSc from LJMU looks at the implications of policing across geographical and political boundaries. Read more
The International and Transnational Policing MSc from LJMU looks at the implications of policing across geographical and political boundaries.

-Commences January 2017
-Discover how policing is carried out across geographical boundaries
-Explore policing issues arising from differing jurisdictions, policies and procedures
-Ideal for serving officers and those about to embark on their policing or academic career
-Excellent career opportunities across the criminal justice system and international policing organisations
-A valuable foundation for progression to PhD

his MSc gives you the rare opportunity to pursue academic interests in policing from an international and transnational perspective in a nurturing and multi-disciplinary environment.

​Under the guidance of specialist supervision and among a diverse community of fellow researchers, you will gain a valuable foundation, building skills in research, analysis, conceptualisation, argument and presentation – all highly prized in many areas of employment.

The programme combines supervised independent research with specialist training in research methods and academic skills, while also helping students become aware of emerging approaches currently practiced in the discipline.

Over the course of the programme you will be introduced to key developments in policing studies and given the skills necessary to produce a successful postgraduate research project. You will work individually with a supervisor throughout the year, as well as taking part in taught modules with fellow Policing Studies students and/or students from other disciplines/Faculties. In addition, you will be part of the wider research activities of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies.

You will receive specialist supervision and study within a diverse community of fellow researchers. Staff are active in a wide range of fields including: Crime Prevention, GIS, People Trafficking, Public Order, Mental Health, Multi Agency and Partnership Working in the Public Sector, Computer Crime, Investigation, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism, Port Security, Risk Management and Education.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core modules:

Policing in Context

Gain insights into current policing, community safety and criminal justice priorities by exploring different perspectives that relate to policing, regulatory processes, professional values and ethics

Advanced Research Skills

In preparation for your dissertation, this module introduces key epistemological and methodological issues that impact upon research into crime, security, community safety and criminal justice

International and Transnational Policing

Develop your critical understanding of different policing jurisdictions and the agencies that work within them by examining International Legal Instruments and broader issues, including Human Rights

Transnational and Organised Crime

Identify the origin and development of internal and transnational policing cooperation, and examine the impacts of organised crime in areas such as human trafficking, modern slavery, drugs and corruption

Policing in Conflict and Post-Conflict Zones

Critically examine and develop an understanding of the key strategies that are current and relevant in the policing of conflict/post-conflict zones

Terrorism

Understand key concepts in relation to terrorism by exploring a number of issues including, definitions of terrorism, ideologies, typology, methods of operation, state response and impact of the media

Dissertation

Analyse and interpret an issue in your chosen field

​Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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Overview. This unique online Postgraduate Certificate in Policing and Criminal Investigation introduces many key topics relating to policing, psychology and criminal investigations. Read more

Overview

This unique online Postgraduate Certificate in Policing and Criminal Investigation introduces many key topics relating to policing, psychology and criminal investigations.

You’ll discover the varied techniques used to investigate major crimes, such as homicide and sexual assault, while also critically reviewing effective police leadership and partnerships. The programme also has a strong focus on the role of psychology in supporting criminal investigations.

Using programme content created by tutors with considerable academic and professional senior policing and investigative experience, you’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of contemporary policing, criminological and psychological theory and social policy. After completing the programme you’ll also be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the changing nature of policing with a particular focus on leadership, social and government policy, and partnership working. You’ll also acquire a range of critical and analytical skills that can be used in a variety of different professional contexts.

This short, 100% online course is a great alternative to full-time, campus based study and is perfect if you are interested in discovering how policing and criminal investigation works, or if you are attracted to a career in the field of policing or investigation. If you are already working in policing or investigation, then this programme is valid (Continuing Professional Development) CPD and will enhance your knowledge and career prospects.

Upon completion of your Postgraduate Certificate, we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (awarded after 120 credits) and a full Masters in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (awarded after 180 credits).

Course structure

The Postgraduate Certificate Policing and Criminal Investigation is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 60 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:

Learning and assessment

Introduction

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

All of our online courses have an indicative study duration which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability. It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year. Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

Teaching methods and style

As we are a 100% online university, we utilise a Virtual Learning Environment instead of a traditional campus. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials.

This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. All courses are delivered in English only.

You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor. To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

Assessment

We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Assessment for the Postgraduate Policing and Criminal Investigation will be based on a combination of written coursework.

You will always be aware of your current provisional grade right from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve. We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your postgraduate course. We achieve this by:

  • showing your marks clearly in your gradebook, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform;
  • the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your gradebook is always up to date;
  • assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for end of year exams;
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser; and
  • the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria.

We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Career prospects

We are dedicated to improving employability amongst our graduates. Our online courses give you the opportunity to improve your career prospects and earning potential with a mix of key skills that are directly transferable to the workplace.

This PG Cert Policing and Criminal Investigation course will give you the skills needed to pursue a career in policing and/or investigation. The programme is also perfect for those who are already working in the police service or investigation and looking to enhance their career prospects.



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LJMU's Policing and Cybercrime Masters enables you to explore the interface between policing and computing, developing the skills required for contemporary crime investigation. Read more

LJMU's Policing and Cybercrime Masters enables you to explore the interface between policing and computing, developing the skills required for contemporary crime investigation.

-Based in the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies

-Collaborative programme with the Faculty of Engineering and Technology

-Reflects increasing police involvement in computer forensics/cyber crime

-Explore the interface between policing and computing

-Ideal for serving officers and those about to embark on their policing or academic career

-Excellent employment opportunities in policing and fraud investigation

-Valuable foundation for progression to PhD

MSc Policing and Cybercrime combines supervised independent research with specialist training in research methods and academic skills, while also helping students become aware of emerging approaches currently practiced in the discipline.

​Over the course of the programme you will be introduced to key developments in policing studies and given the skills necessary to produce a successful postgraduate research project. You will work individually with a supervisor throughout the year, as well as taking part in taught modules with fellow Policing Studies students and/or students from other disciplines/Faculties. In addition, you will be part of the wider research activities of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, which aims to provide outstanding, innovative teaching and research for the advancement of policing and police forces.

​You will receive specialist supervision and study within a diverse community of fellow researchers, including specialist staff who work within the studies of computing. Staff are active in a wide range of fields including: Crime Prevention, GIS, People Trafficking, Public Order, Mental Health, Multi Agency and Partnership Working in the Public Sector, Computer Crime, Investigation, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism, Port Security, Risk Management and Education.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core modules:

​Policing in Context

Gain insights into current policing, community safety and criminal justice priorities by exploring different perspectives that relate to policing, regulatory processes, professional values and ethics

Advanced Research Skills

In preparation for your dissertation, this module introduces key epistemological and methodological issues that impact upon research into crime, security, community safety and criminal justice

Computer Security

Develop an in-depth knowledge of various security threats and vulnerabilities in computer systems as well as the importance of computer security

Network Forensics

Develop a critical appreciation of both the theoretical and practical issues in the field of network forensics

Advanced Topics in Network Security

Explore cutting-edge developments in Network Security by studying recent academic research in the area

Network Security

Develop a deep understanding of various security vulnerabilities in and threats to computer networks as well as the importance of network security

Dissertation

Analyse and interpret an issue in your chosen field

​The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.



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The MSc in Policing is open to police officers and police support staff from the UK, the Netherlands and other (European) countries as well as to members of related public administration institutes and private security agencies. Read more
The MSc in Policing is open to police officers and police support staff from the UK, the Netherlands and other (European) countries as well as to members of related public administration institutes and private security agencies.

It is a collaboration between the Police Academy of the Netherlands and the University and has been validated by both Canterbury Christ Church University and the NVAO (Dutch­Flemish Accreditation Organisation).

The course aims at developing an academic understanding of issues that are important to the police, their partners and the public.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/policing.aspx

Course detail

The MSc in Policing comprises four core modules and a dissertation.
Modules are taught at level HE7 and are assessed by means of research oriented course work, such as a research report, a case study, a literature review, a comparative study or a presentation. The dissertation includes a viva.
Core courses:
• Policing Models
• Police and Society: Diversity Issues
• Police and Society: Legitimacy Issues
• International Policing
The modules will enable you to make strategic analyses, conduct research into societal developments which are relevant to policing, develop long term policy perspectives, assess and process the implementation of a policy and contribute to a scientific development of policing.

Suitability

Applicants for the MSc in Policing should be professionals undertaking tasks at a strategic level of policing or public administration. Successful students on the programme will be able to:

• transform academic findings into operational recommendations, scenarios or project plans;
• convert policing outcomes or investigations into managerial reports;
• research and develop policing strategies;
• carry out evaluations or case studies as a basis for new policing concepts;
• act as an advisor, discussant or negotiator for decision makers of the police and other public agencies;
• play a role in international police cooperation.

Format

The programme entails a mixture of lectures, seminars and self-directed study. Teaching is usually done over intensive weeks spread throughout the first year and a half of the degree. You will be taught by a variety of international experts in different fields covered in the modules, and will work closely with a supervisor for your dissertation.

Assessment

Assessment is through written, research oriented work (eg research report, case study, literature review, a comparative study or presentation) and a final dissertation which includes a viva (oral exam).

What can I do next?

Students are usually already employed by a police force when they join the course. The course will enable you to acquire analytical and critical skills essential for positive progression in your career.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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Study Policing and Criminal Investigation at LJMU and work with crime victims and witnesses to enhance your knowledge and key skills in this area. Read more
Study Policing and Criminal Investigation at LJMU and work with crime victims and witnesses to enhance your knowledge and key skills in this area.

-Commences January 2017
-Explore investigative issues to gain the knowledge and practical skills to operate as a crime investigator in serious and complex cases
-Consider the links between investigation, forensics and psychology
-Work with crime victims and witnesses
-Ideal for serving officers and those about to embark on their policing or academic career
-Excellent employment opportunities in policing/investigative work, private investigation and with bodies such as Trading Standards and the Inland Revenue
-A valuable foundation for progression to PhD

The MSc Policing and Criminal Investigation combines supervised independent research with specialist training in research methods and academic skills, while also helping students become aware of emerging approaches currently practiced in the discipline.
​Over the course of the programme you will be introduced to key developments in policing studies and given the skills necessary to produce a successful postgraduate research project. You will work individually with a supervisor throughout the year, as well as taking part in taught modules with fellow Policing Studies students and/or students from other disciplines/Faculties. In addition, you will be part of the wider research activities of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies.

You will receive specialist supervision and study within a diverse community of fellow researchers. Staff are active in a wide range of fields including: Crime Prevention, GIS, People Trafficking, Public Order, Mental Health, Multi Agency and Partnership Working in the Public Sector, Computer Crime, Investigation, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism, Port Security, Risk Management and Education.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core modules:

Policing in Context

Gain insights into current policing, community safety and criminal justice priorities by exploring different perspectives that relate to policing, regulatory processes, professional values and ethics

Advanced Research Skills

In preparation for your dissertation, this module introduces key epistemological and methodological issues that impact upon research into crime, security, community safety and criminal justice

Advanced Investigation Skills

Examine the administrative difficulties posited during a criminal investigation and the importance of investigative ethics

Forensic and Medicolegal Death

Discover core foundational concepts of criminal investigations, enabling you to understand, explain, analyse and evaluate causes, sustainment and consequences of processing a death scene

Forensic Cognition

Critically explore why offenders commit acts of sexual and physical violence by examining influential theories that have been developed to aid in investigating sexual/violent offences

Investigative Interviewing

Examine current practices, techniques and applications of police interviewing by being exposed to comparative international techniques in interviewing, interpretation of verbal and physical behaviour, causes of denial, deception and defensiveness

Dissertation

Analyse and interpret an issue in your chosen field

​Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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Critically examine your current working practice as a senior police professional at doctoral level. Become a rigorous learner at the highest strategic perspective, able to apply new forms of knowledge and models to your professional practice. Read more

Critically examine your current working practice as a senior police professional at doctoral level. Become a rigorous learner at the highest strategic perspective, able to apply new forms of knowledge and models to your professional practice.

  • Complete your Professional Doctorate while working full-time - regardless of your schedule - with our flexible blended-learning delivery.
  • Join forces with PIER, our Policing Institute for the Eastern Region, with links to local and regional forces and chief officers at local and national level.
  • Always feel supported with online resources including a learning management system, online library services, web-based forums, and Study Skills Plus.

Completing our Professional Doctorate in Policing will help deepen your knowledge and understanding of your professional practice to an advanced level, allowing you to contribute substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas, and approaches in your area of policing.

First, you will develop your research skills pertaining specifically to policing, allowing you to reflect on and critically examine your own professional activity in accordance with academic and professional ethical standards.

Then, supported by our expert academics, you will conduct a research project to generate new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of your area of professional practice.

The online element of the course will take place on Canvas, our learning management system, allowing you to access tutorials with staff and students, as well as individual supervision, through chat and discussion forums.

This will be supplemented by face-to-face study days, at which you will consolidate your learning and develop communities of practice through group activity, peer learning and by presenting your ideas and research to your fellow students. These sessions will also give you an opportunity to meet in person with your supervisor, who will be selected from our pool of expertise across the university depending on your area of interest.

More about blended learning

In studying for any academic award it is important that candidates feel part of a community. This can be more challenging when studying part-time and with significant professional and other commitments. This programme is designed to help you to develop a sense of belonging to your cohort group (the others beginning Professional Doctorate studies at the same time as you) through face to face meetings at weekend workshops and through discussion groups using the Virtual Learning Environment (Canvas). Furthermore, you will also spend some time in workshops with candidates on other professional doctoral programmes in other faculties.

This course is managed by the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER). As one of our students you will be part of the PIER research community and the wider ALSS postgraduate student body. Throughout the year, PIER hosts a series of events and opportunities for networking and knowledge exchange with local and regional police forces, and representatives from national policing bodies.

Careers

Our Professional Doctorate in Policing will benefit your career progression by helping you develop higher-level academic skills and apply new forms of knowledge and models to your professional practice.



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This is the first ever doctorate degree designed for professionals working in law enforcement, policing, security, government and the private sector who wish to hone their professional and research skills in a PhD-level qualification, but with a more practical, career-orientated focus - study can be customised to suit working needs and the course attracts a diverse range of professionals. Read more
This is the first ever doctorate degree designed for professionals working in law enforcement, policing, security, government and the private sector who wish to hone their professional and research skills in a PhD-level qualification, but with a more practical, career-orientated focus - study can be customised to suit working needs and the course attracts a diverse range of professionals.

More about this course

This is the first postgraduate doctorate level qualification in the UK which is specifically designed for professionals working in law enforcement and policing, security, government, private sector, and the 'wider criminal justice family' who wish to hone both their professional and research skills. This unique course provides both theoretical and relevant practical skills development for those who wish to further their careers in policing, security, community policing, legal occupations and social research methodology.

The course is very international in nature. Past students have come from Canada, Africa, the EU, Caribbean countries as well as the UK. The course contains a balanced content of international law enforcement and security issues, and also local community level problems. The taught modules and assignments are tailored as much as possible to assisting the individual students’ chosen thesis area.

The course aims to produce professionally competent and informed practitioners who have a sophisticated understanding of wider policing theories and advanced research skills and abilities. As well as developing teamwork, leadership and presentation skills, the course will help you acquire the skills and knowledge to tackle complex occupational or professional problems in challenging and diverse situations.

Methods include reports, essay and presentations. You will also be assessed on your thesis.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Knowledge-Based Policing 1 (core, 30 credits)
-Knowledge-Based Policing 2 (core, 30 credits)
-Policing and Society in Context (core, 30 credits)
-Policing, Leadership and Ethics (core, 30 credits)
-Research Methods 1 (core, 30 credits)
-Research Methods 2 (core, 30 credits)

After the course

The course will be of direct benefit to law enforcement officers who wish to progress their careers through a high-level doctoral qualification. As this qualification is more interactive and practical than a traditional PhD, it is an opportunity to gain a recognised qualification while making a significant contribution to your professional environment.

Visa information for international students

As a part-time programme this course does not qualify for a Tier 4 visa. Non-EU students will have to attend the study weekends on short-term study visas.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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Advance your career in the police service. Explore the key challenges facing police in today’s rapidly changing world, and develop enhanced critical and research skills to help tackle them. Read more

Advance your career in the police service. Explore the key challenges facing police in today’s rapidly changing world, and develop enhanced critical and research skills to help tackle them.

  • Complete your Masters while working full-time – regardless of your schedule – with our flexible blended-learning delivery.
  • Get a truly multi-disciplinary perspective with a course that draws on expertise from many faculties in our University.
  • Develop an in-depth and systematic understanding of key topics on modules designed in consultation with senior police officers.
  • Join forces with PIER, our Policing Institute for the Eastern Region, with links to local and regional forces and policing bodies and chief officers at local and national level.
  • Always feel supported with online resources including a learning management system, online library services, web-based forums, and Study Skills Plus.

What you will study

Our MA Contemporary Policing will give you a contemporary perspective on the key aspects of policing theory and practice that are required for senior officers in the police service, covering three main strands: public protection; digital and leadership; management and change.

Drawing on expertise from many of our University's faculties, and supported by our Policing Institute for the Eastern Region, this course will develop your skills in critical analysis and research methodology, allowing you to identify, reflect on and critically engage with evidence-informed policy and practice.

By exploring relationships between and within different academic disciplines, you will discover how they can be applied to the police service both as an organisation and in its working practices, and gain insights into current policing priorities.

You will also develop a critical understanding of the key issues affecting the police service in our rapidly changing society, including police accountability, effectiveness and performance, and organisational transformation.

By the end of the course, you will command a range of critical analysis techniques and frameworks you can apply to problems and issues in your own area of policing, with a thorough consideration for the implications of ethical dilemmas.

How you will study

You will receive lecture materials through online delivery, supplemented by two study days each trimester. These face-to-face sessions will bring you together with your fellow students, allowing you to share your learning, as well as giving you an opportunity for individual supervision.

The online element will be delivered through Canvas, our learning management system, and consist predominantly of narrated lectures, with audio and video feedback provided through Adobe Connect and Skype. You will also have access to discussion boards throughout the course, creating an online community of staff and students.

During both the online and face-to-face delivery, you will be supported by lecturers who are experts in their field, across a range of disciplines such as policing, criminology, sociology, health and leadership and management.



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MSc International Policing is specially devised for law enforcement professionals, especially in developing countries. This postgraduate award provides a modern, problem orientated, democratic and community based approach to policing. Read more
MSc International Policing is specially devised for law enforcement professionals, especially in developing countries. This postgraduate award provides a modern, problem orientated, democratic and community based approach to policing.

The MSc International Policing course will enhance your understanding and practical application of modern policing models and partnership working. You will study modern management, leadership styles and practices, the policing of security sectors and consensus-driven policing.

To gain an extra perspective, you will study some modules alongside students on the MSc Community and Partnerships programme.

What You Will Study

Postgraduate Certificate:

Operational Planning and Investigation
Strategic Management and Leadership in the Police
International Comparisons in Policing or Security Sector Reform

Postgraduate Diploma:

Problem-orientated Partnerships
Community Safety
Researching Contemporary Issues
Neighbourhood Analysis and Performance

MSc:

This award requires completion of a Dissertation Development module and a dissertation.

How You Will Study

This award is delivered through online, distance learning, which enables you to combine your studies with work-based learning. You will interact with other professionals through a specially designed virtual learning system, which includes virtual forums and discussion groups.

Your learning will be supported by the course team, textbooks and related documents supplied by the University.
Assessment will be work-based, including essays and reflections on discussion groups.
Online delivery also means there is no set start date for this award.
Modules start at various times of the year and new students are welcome to join whenever a new module begins.

How does this course make me employable?

This award is designed for law enforcement practitioners, including police officers. This creative, flexible course is aimed at law enforcement professionals who want to gain a postgraduate award that accredits their standing in this field and to network with other practitioners. The knowledge, skills and insights gained on this course should support self development and enable you to enhance the quality of performance in your organisation.

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The MSc in Policing is aimed at police and law enforcement professionals wishing to become future leaders and managers. Read more

The MSc in Policing is aimed at police and law enforcement professionals wishing to become future leaders and managers. The focus is on providing an evidence-based approach to address modern challenges of policing diverse communities and dealing with transnational organised crime, terrorism, cybercrime and evolving security threats, while upholding principles of procedural justice to increase police legitimacy and public confidence.

About this degree

The programme will outline the philosophical and theoretical bases for evidence-based policing practice. Issues will be examined with respect to ethical, policy and political contexts. It is a multidisciplinary programme drawing on psychology, statistics, mathematics, engineering, architecture, forensic sciences, design, geography and computing and is designed to enable graduates to be effective leaders and managers of a modern diverse police service.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Ethical Policing
  • Foundations of Security and Crime Science
  • Police and the Public
  • Models of Policing for Crime Reduction
  • Quantitative Methods or Designing and Doing Research (you will take one of these)
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Students choose three of the following:

  • Investigation and Detection
  • Intelligence Gathering and Analysis
  • Management Skills for Police Leaders
  • Perspectives on Organised Crime
  • Perspectives on Terrorism
  • Prevention and Disruption
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • Cybercrime
  • Hotspot Policing

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. Distance learning students will have access to enhanced Internet-based tools and resources and virtual links between staff and students. Assessment is through unseen examinations, coursework, presentations, reports and project assignments.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Policing MSc

Funding

UCL Security & Crime Science is offering up to 14 bursary scholarships of between £2,500 and £10,000 to outstanding applicants who have been offered places on one of our MSc programmes. Further information is available on the departmental website.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

The programme will enable students to gain the skills to conduct rigorous analysis, use evidence-based approaches and develop a scientific approach as well as the ability to make sound policy decisions, and to become leaders in modern police forces. Graduates who are serving police officers will gain analytical and other critical skills to progress in their current career. It is likely to lead to further future careers opportunities in:

  • law enforcement
  • security industry related companies
  • government policy advisory roles
  • strategic advisors to government and security agencies.

Employability

The programme is offered mainly to serving police and security personnel with the aim of equipping them to become future leaders and managers. The focus on an evidence-based approach will enable practitioners to become professionals by adopting a scientific approach to effectively tackle crime, security, and law and order problems. The programme aims to enhance strategic thinking skills as well as management and effective leadership skills.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Jill Dando Institute, of which UCL Security & Crime Science is the core component, is the first research institution in the world devoted specifically to reducing crime through teaching, research, public policy analysis and by the dissemination of evidence-based information on crime reduction.

This programme’s practical and pragmatic approach to shaping successful and forward-thinking practitioners will have great appeal and offers excellent value to police organisations and governments wishing to invest in future leaders.

Seminars and a diverse international student cohort will provide excellent networking opportunities.



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The MSc International Policing course will enhance your understanding and practical application of modern policing models and partnership working. Read more
The MSc International Policing course will enhance your understanding and practical application of modern policing models and partnership working. You will study modern management, leadership styles and practices, the policing of security sectors and consensus-driven policing.

To gain an extra perspective, you will study some modules alongside students on the MSc Community and Partnerships programme.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/803-msc-international-policing-online-delivery

What you will study

Postgraduate Certificate:
- Operational Planning and Investigation
- Strategic Management and Leadership in the Police
- International Comparisons in Policing

Postgraduate Diploma:
- Problem-orientated Partnerships
- Community Safety
- Researching Contemporary Issues
- Neighbourhood Analysis and Performance

MSc:
This award requires completion of a Dissertation Development module and a dissertation.

Learning and teaching methods

This award is delivered through online, distance learning, which enables you to combine your studies with work-based learning. You will interact with other professionals through a specially designed virtual learning system, which includes virtual forums and discussion groups.

Your learning will be supported by the course team, textbooks and related documents supplied by the University.

Online delivery also means there is no set start date for this award.

Modules start in April and September and new students are welcome to join whenever a new module begins.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This course is designed for law enforcement practitioners, including police officers. This creative, flexible course is aimed at law enforcement professionals who want to gain a postgraduate award that accredits their standing in this field and to network with other practitioners. The knowledge, skills and insights gained on this course should support self development and enable you to enhance the quality of performance in your organisation.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be work-based, including essays and reflections on discussion groups.

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