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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.

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.

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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.


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.


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 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.

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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.

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-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

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Visit the MSc Policing page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!




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