LJMU's Advanced Policing Studies programme develops the skills increasingly required by forces as policing moves further towards an evidence-based approach.
•Commences January 2017
•Programme addresses the quantitative research skills gap identified in policing
•Ideal for serving officers and those about to embark on their policing or academic career
•Build evidence-based learning skills
•Excellent career opportunities in supervision, neighbourhood policing and analysis
•A valuable foundation for progression to PhD
Advanced Policing 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
Develop your critical appreciation and understanding of the capacity of evidence-based research to contribute to practice developments in policing and criminal justice
Governance and Accountability
Examine legal, professional and political aspects of the governance structures that ensure an accountable police service
Examine leadership as a theoretical concept and interpret different perspectives of personal leadership in various settings and environments
Examine ethics within the operational context of policing and consider the differences and the similarities in the way that ethics are considered in a research setting
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.Please email [email protected]
if you require further guidance or clarification.
Applicants for MSc Advanced Policing Studies will normally be expected to have a good first degree (2:2 or above) in Policing, Criminology, Criminal Justice or a related subject.Applications are welcomed from highly motivated non-standard entry students with relevant experience, but without the necessary formal qualifications. Prospective applicants are advised to contact the Programme Leader for further information.