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Policing, Security and Community Safety Professional Doctorate

Course Description

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.

About the 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

You take six modules (three in the first year, three in the second year, taught in intensive weekend study periods) and then develop and produce a thesis of between 40,000 and 50,000 words in your third and fourth years. Those unable to complete the thesis but who have successfully completed the six modules can obtain an MSc in Policing, Security and Community Safety.

Core modules include:

Academic and Research Methods I & II
The Socio-Political Context of Policing
Knowledge-Based Policing I & II

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.

Why London Met?

At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.

The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognized”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.

Support from London Met

If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/

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

(Student Profile)

Ritchie Adams

3076.jpg Richie Adams joined the police at 18 and combined policing with part-time study graduating from Strathclyde University with an LLB; from Napier University with and LLM and, in 2013, from London Metropolitan University with a Professional Doctorate in Policing.

His thesis was entitled "Does the police service require a values-based decision-making model and, if so, what should that model look like?"

Richie is about to embark upon a Fulbright Scholarship. He will be researching police decision-making in urban and rural environments within North America. During his research period, Richie will be attached to George Mason University.

"There is no doubt my London Met experience helped my career. I was able to take my doctoral learning and apply that to the work I had been asked to do in Police Scotland, indeed I implemented six of the seven recommendations I made in my thesis; which really highlights the benefit of the applied aspect of my studies. It was useful to be able to study at the John Grieve Centre where the focus was very much on the police service."

(Student Profile)

Captain Hani Nori

3079.jpg "As a professional pilot flying for a major international airline based in the Middle East, my job takes me across the six continents several times a year.

In addition to being a captain on the state of the art Boeing 777, an instructor teaching new pilots both in the aircraft and the simulator, a Manager with a tight working schedule... I am also a father of four boys and that is… the most demanding job of them all.

After 26 years of flying and in pursue of developing my academic knowledge and qualification I searched for a university to study for my doctoral degree, the decision was not an easy one but finally I Joined London Metropolitan University, Policing, Security and Community Safety professional Doctorate, my thesis area of research is airline security.

In September 2014 I will start my second year in the four years program, I am very glad of the choice I made, as part of London Met's Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, John Grieve Centre of Criminology is providing me with all I needed to pursue my doctoral education.

Schedule flexibility as a part time student, almost 24/7 availability of tutors and professors and up to date research material either online or through the university portal (evision), mentoring and guidance in addition to the very rare expertise in aviation security at doctoral level, were some of the many reasons why I am an LMU student today.

Interaction with academic and professional security experts as tutors, visiting lecturers or fellow doctoral students, either online or while attending modules in London, helped me acquire a solid and authenticated knowledge that is vital to my area of research that I use not only to write my thesis but also in my day to day work.

London Met and the John Grieve Centre of Criminology is helping me not only become an accredited academic and professional aviation security expert but is also helping me to develop a better approach to academic research which is reflecting on my other line of work which is safety."

Captain Hani NORI MSc ASM, FRAeS


Entry Requirements

Normally applicants are expected to hold a first degree, and be policing officers and law enforcement professionals with at least three years of full-time experience in a senior role, who are already making a significant contribution to policing policy or processes.

Course Fees

Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.

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