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Policing, Security and Community Safety - Professional Doctorate

Course content

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.

Visit the Policing, Security and Community Safety - Professional Doctorate page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

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