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Why study this course?

This course is the first ever doctorate degree designed for professionals working in law enforcement, policing, security, government and the private sector. It’s ideal for those wanting to hone their professional and research skills through a PhD-level qualification but with a more practical, career-orientated focus. The course aims to produce professionally competent and informed practitioners who have an understanding of wider policing theories and advanced research skills and abilities. Our graduates include highly placed policing and security professionals.

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This unique professional doctorate 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 international in nature with previous students coming from Canada and Africa, and EU and 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 assist you in your thesis.

Thesis topics of previous students have included financial regulation, anti-terrorism, public confidence in the police, comparative international security issues, local community police and societal issues.

You'll become a professionally competent and informed practitioner with 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 you need to tackle complex occupational or professional problems in challenging and diverse situations.


You'll be assessed through reports, essays, presentations and a thesis.

You will be required to have:

  • an undergraduate degree
  • experience as a policing officer or law enforcement professional
  • at least three years of full-time experience in a senior role and already be making a significant contribution to policing policy or processes

Visa information for international students

As a part-time programme, this course does not qualify international applicants for a Tier 4 visa. Non-EU students can attend the study weekends on short-term study visas.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 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:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester

    This module introduces the concept of knowledge-based policing,

    This module is taught in blocks, dates for 14-15 are Friday pm 26 to 28 September 2014

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    This module enhances the concept of knowledge-based policing, already learnt in previous modules either Police and Society or Knowledge Based Policing I

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    Consideration of police and their role in society, from the viewpoint of both police pratitioner and the public.

    This module is taught in blocks, dates for 14-15 are Friday pm 13 March to to 15 March 2015

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies

    Leadership per se, and leadership in policing and law enforcement,specifically in the domain of police leadership in both strategic leadership and operational policing.

    This module is taught in blocks, dates for 14-15 are 9 to 11 June 2015

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester

    This module is one of two Research Methods modules It provides an introduction to the concept of applied research and a range of methodologies that can may exploited when undertaking research in a policing and community safety environment.

    It examines the ethics and practical use of research in relation to issues in obtaining, handling and the use of both sources and information. It deals with study and research techniques, including the purpose of study groups and supervision.

    This module is taught in blocks,dates for 14-15 are 26 to 28 September 2014

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies

    There are two Research Methods Modules. These modules collectively provide the fundamental knowledge that is required in order for students to complete successfully a piece of research required for a dissertation or thesis.

    This module is taught in blocks, dates for 14-15 are Friday pm 15 May to 17 May 2015

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Year 2 modules include:

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
  • Leadership

"Teaching staff have experience both academically and with their previous employment in probation and police services which adds experience to the content."

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. Previous graduates have gone on to roles in the Crown Prosecution Service as barristers and as senior police officers with the London Metropolitan Police.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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 2018. 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.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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