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Masters Degrees in Sociology, Derby, United Kingdom

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Why choose this course?. Develop the practical and theoretical knowledge you need to work in the fields of intelligence, security, emergency planning, crisis and disaster risk reduction and management in the UK and overseas. Read more

Why choose this course?

  • Develop the practical and theoretical knowledge you need to work in the fields of intelligence, security, emergency planning, crisis and disaster risk reduction and management in the UK and overseas
  • Combine the knowledge and skills developed in an inter-disciplinary programme where social sciences, natural sciences and public and environmental health provide real-life solutions to real-life resilience issues
  • Improve your skills as you engage with all aspects of emergency preparedness, resilience and response across a range of natural and man-made hazards, from terrorism and extreme weather events to public health and humanitarian crisis
  • Wherever you are in your career, develop your professional focus and ability in emergency preparedness, resilience or response
  • Combine theory and best practice as your learning includes practical multi-agency exercises, simulations and response structures across all emergency services.
  • At Derby you don’t just study the theory and background to resilience, through security, intelligence and planning for emergency and disaster risk reduction and response. You will take these aspects into real life situations and develop knowledge, skills and vocational attributes that will give you the necessary experience to develop or enhance career paths in these fascinating areas.

A unique combination

  • This course uniquely combines the social science disciplines of criminology and sociology with natural sciences in the field of geoscience, and through public and environmental health. This unique combination examines resilience, risk reduction and response to real world concerns associated with terrorism, extremism, radicalisation and applied intelligence studies, exploring climate, migration and natural hazard risk reduction and response through emergency and disaster management.
  • You will study at Masters level developing critical skills which bring together work-based learning approaches and innovation in the teaching of research methods using scenario building, exercises and simulations in a multi-agency environment to enhance your development, communication and planning.

Developing your skills through practice

  • You will work with emergency services first responders and local authority leads, and also benefit from the university’s relationship with the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College (EPC).
  • You will also develop GIS mapping skills and benefit from opportunities to work with Derbyshire Emergency Planning Officers and volunteer teams involved in crisis management. Field trips will involve command and control visits, humanitarian aid facilities and multi-agency simulations of real world hazards.

Aligned to UK standards

  • The programme examines National Occupational Standards in the UK for Civil Contingencies (NOSCC) in support of employer demands and the Core Competencies of the Emergency Planning Society (EPS).


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Taking a unique approach to studying investigative practices, this MSc equips you with knowledge and skills for the many fields which demand high levels of professional investigation expertise. Read more
Taking a unique approach to studying investigative practices, this MSc equips you with knowledge and skills for the many fields which demand high levels of professional investigation expertise.

• Advance your investigative career in law enforcement, finance, health and safety, social services and many other sectors
• Develop the skills you need to conduct serious and complex investigations from beginning to end
• Study for a qualification which reflects the Professionalising Investigation Programme (PIP) occupational standards
• Choose specialist options in areas such as cybercrime, financial crime and organised crime to build on your knowledge of mainstream investigations
• Learn from an influential team of researchers and practitioners who draw upon more than a century of professional experience in investigation
• Study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances.

Innovative and stimulating, this course combines academic rigour and practical experience to nurture high-calibre, confident and forward-thinking investigation professionals.

A broad appeal

This MSc is designed to appeal to graduates from traditional academic backgrounds as well as serving investigation professionals from across the world. We welcome applicants with substantial and relevant professional experience who may not have an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification.

Meeting professional standards

Ensuring greater professionalism in investigation procedures is crucial to meet public expectations for effective and efficient policing and justice. This MSc helps investigators to extend their skills while enabling the organisations that rely on investigations to enhance their performance.

The course has been introduced at a time when professionalisation in policing is a commonly agreed target of all police forces, the College of Policing and the National Crime Agency. In developing this programme, we have aligned it to initiatives such as the Professionalising Investigation Programme (PIP), which is jointly sponsored by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the College of Policing.

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Designed exclusively for current and aspiring police leaders, this innovative course will equip you to operate at a high-profile strategic level. Read more
Designed exclusively for current and aspiring police leaders, this innovative course will equip you to operate at a high-profile strategic level.
• Set yourself apart as a dynamic leader who can drive change and improve modern policing performance
• Build on your business and management skills to succeed in a politically demanding and legally complex environment
• Learn through real and simulated police strategy challenges, including projects where you tackle challenges in your own workplace
• Gain privileged access to influential figures from the profession through our exceptional visiting speaker programme
• Network with police leaders from across the world - our strong international links bring a vital global perspective to this course
• Be inspired by a talented teaching team who combine academic credibility with professional expertise.

Police leaders today have to operate in a transparent, ethical and highly accountable arena - where their decisions are often scrutinised by politicians, the media and the general public. Our new MSc in Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation aims to fill a gap in provision for individuals with high potential and the capacity to shape the future of the profession.

Meeting 21st century priorities

This exciting course offers a unique combination of the latest business and management thinking, criminology and social sciences - all applied to the complex challenges of contemporary policing. It has been launched at a time of calls for greater public accountability, the growing importance of community partnerships and, in some quarters, a crisis of confidence in the integrity of police services.

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This innovative and stimulating course aims to respond to the complex challenges that crime poses for contemporary society. It delivers cutting-edge knowledge and valuable insights into both theory and practice, helping you to advance your career in criminal justice. Read more
This innovative and stimulating course aims to respond to the complex challenges that crime poses for contemporary society. It delivers cutting-edge knowledge and valuable insights into both theory and practice, helping you to advance your career in criminal justice.

• Study an intellectually challenging course which fosters a deep-level understanding of how our justice and penal system works
• Benefit from the breadth and diversity of our academic expertise and our extensive professional links
• Explore issues of theoretical and social importance with our research-active teaching staff who are recognised authorities in their fields
• Keep up to date with latest policies, practices and debates so that you are better equipped to embark on a new career in the justice arena or to progress in your current working role
• Study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances

This is a new course starting in September 2017 (*subject to approval).

This exciting new MSc has been launched at a time when a process of swift and relentless change is transforming our justice system. This process aims to develop and sustain a high performing, efficient and effective criminal and community justice system which both benefits victims and rehabilitates those who offend.

Broad appeal and relevance

Our course is designed for anyone with an interest in the critical social and political challenges which crime presents. It will appeal to recent graduates with a first degree in a relevant subject area who want to deepen their knowledge. It is equally valuable for current practitioners and managers within the criminal justice, rehabilitative and penal systems, including social workers and social work managers, prison governors or officers, police officers and lawyers.

You will become part of a dynamic learning community bringing together students from diverse backgrounds who have real-world experience of criminal justice. This means you will benefit from fascinating insights into how different professionals and organisations address current issues in crime, criminal justice and punishment.

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Explore new frontiers for humanities research with this intellectually challenging and innovative MRes programme. Develop broad-based research skills in humanities, exploring a variety of approaches and methodologies. Read more
Explore new frontiers for humanities research with this intellectually challenging and innovative MRes programme.
• Develop broad-based research skills in humanities, exploring a variety of approaches and methodologies
• Focus on a substantial independent research project covering an original theme of your choice
• Deepen your understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of humanities
• Learn more about how digital technologies can be harnessed to shape humanities in the 21st century
• Benefit from the support of our highly experienced and influential team of published researchers
• Enjoy excellent professional development and networking opportunities
• Gain an impressive qualification that equips you for success in a wide range of careers
• Improve your research profile and build a platform for progressing to further postgraduate study, including a PhD

This is a new course starting in September 2017 (*subject to approval).

This programme will help you join a new generation of accomplished, confident, curious and strongly independent humanities researchers. It combines high-level research skills with a substantial investigation into a subject which reflects your personal interests and career aspirations.

Flexibility and choice

The MRes Humanities differs from other taught masters programmes because of its strong emphasis on research methods and skills. It will appeal to students seeking a greater degree of independence in their studies and who relish the challenge of intellectual rigour and self-development.

The MRes can be taken as a full Masters programme, a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanities or a named subject, or a Postgraduate Certificate in Humanities. At the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters level, it may be appropriate to add a named award reflecting your subject specialism, such as MRes in Humanities (Film Studies) or PGDip in Humanities (Liberal Arts).

The full Masters programme culminates in a dissertation or negotiated project in which you will pursue substantive independent research into a subject of your choice. This will either be through a more traditional postgraduate dissertation or through a negotiated research-based project which might involve different forms of assessment and scholarly activities.

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Build a postgraduate degree to match your personal interests and career ambitions – with this highly flexible MA programme. Take a uniquely multi-disciplinary approach to social and political studies. Read more
Build a postgraduate degree to match your personal interests and career ambitions – with this highly flexible MA programme.
• Take a uniquely multi-disciplinary approach to social and political studies
• Personalise your degree by selecting modules covering wide-ranging subjects such as social policy, international relations and human rights
• Explore issues from the diverse standpoints of different social and political disciplines, broadening your perspective
• Develop a global outlook: your MA studies will have a truly international focus throughout
• Hone the research, critical thinking and analytical skills which are sought after by employers
• Draw on the expertise of our highly qualified, enthusiastic and research-active teaching team
• This is a new course starting in September 2017 (*subject to approval).

Real-world experience

Depending on the modules you choose, you could go on fascinating fieldtrips. There may be opportunities, for instance, to visit the United Nations in Geneva, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and various embassies. Thanks to our strong professional networks, you will also benefit from a vibrant programme of guest speakers, including professionals working in the fields of social policy and politics who will share their experiences with you.

A professional learning environment

This course is delivered at One Friar Gate Square, the new home of Derby Law School. A modern, iconic building in the heart of the vibrant city centre, it is the perfect environment for innovative and engaging teaching.

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Why choose this course?. Develop your potential and profile as a successful researcher on this innovative masters course. It enables you to undertake original research and push the boundaries of knowledge in your specialist area of choice. Read more

Why choose this course?

Develop your potential and profile as a successful researcher on this innovative masters course. It enables you to undertake original research and push the boundaries of knowledge in your specialist area of choice.

  • Focus on a subject pathway which matches your interests and ambitions: you can graduate with an MRes in Social Research, Criminal Psychology, Humanities or Journalism
  • Learn in an inter-disciplinary and research-active environment
  • Build advanced research skills through a series of inspirational masterclasses
  • Conduct your own substantial piece of independent research, with support and supervision from influential academic researchers
  • Join our dynamic and supportive postgraduate community and work with influential researchers on collaborative projects
  • Focus on ‘real-world’ research: if you are already in employment, you can relate your studies directly to your professional role
  • Learn how to attract funding for research projects and how to share your findings for maximum impact
  • Benefit from a truly interdisciplinary approach to learning, drawing on best research practice from across the social sciences and humanities
  • Boost your future prospects by building an impressive portfolio of transferable skills in data collection, analysis and critical reflection – using evidence to evaluate and solve problems
  • Prepare for a fulfilling career as a researcher or research manager in academia or public, private and voluntary organisation
  • Gain an excellent platform if you want to progress to a PhD
  • Enjoy flexibility in your studies – with the chance to take shorter versions of the course leading to a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma.

The Master of Research (MRes) offers a flexible, challenging and inspirational way to develop wide-ranging research and analytical skills and to complete a substantial research project under the supervision of academic experts. You can gain named MRes awards in Social Research, Criminal Psychology, Humanities or Journalism, depending on the subject pathway you choose to take.

A broad appeal

The MRes is ideal for high-performing students who want to progress directly from undergraduate studies and to continue developing their experience of real-world and collaborative research. 

With a part-time route available, it is also suited to professionals already working in roles which involve the collection and analysis of data to address complex challenges and underpin decision-making.

It will appeal in particular to ambitious individuals who want to advance their careers in settings such as the criminal justice sector, local authorities, police and probation services, the heritage sector and the media. They could be in roles which are specifically focussed on research or where they need to use data and evidence effectively.

In-depth knowledge, enhanced employability

The MRes delivers:

  • A critical awareness of current debates, problems and developments at the forefront of your academic or professional subject specialism
  • A comprehensive understanding of research methods, techniques and originality in research practice
  • Excellent critical thinking, evaluation and analysis skills so that you can test theories and engage in academic debate
  • Enhanced employability so that you are well prepared for higher level professional employment

A truly interdisciplinary approach

One of the strengths of our MRes programme is its emphasis on inter-disciplinary learning. The course is uniquely structured so that you are trained in research methods and practice which are relevant across the social sciences and humanities, equipping you with a solid foundation of skills. 

You will draw on best practice from different sectors, learning how they take distinctive approaches to research and knowledge production. Because the course is expected to attract individuals from different settings – from police officers to social workers, journalists to heritage sector professionals, to name but a few – you will benefit from sharing ideas and fresh perspectives.




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