Policing, Security and Community Safety - Prof Doc - Postgraduate course | London Metropolitan University

Policing, Security and Community Safety - Prof Doc

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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.

More about this course

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.

Assessment

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

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

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.

Modular structure

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 considers what knowledge means in relation to policing, security and community safety as a foundation for evidence-based policy making and its practical applications.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    This module examines how change can be effected through the application of knowledge.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    This module ensures that candidates have an understanding of the theoretical and philosophical contexts within which policing, security and community safety are constructed.

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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

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

    Both Research Methods modules are inter-related and should be considered as an integrated approach to understanding and applying research methods to data collection and analysis. The titles Research Methods and Research for Professional Doctorates I and II is to designate at there are two modules; they are not sequential, they are inter-related. Students on the course may take them in either order, i.e. it is not necessary to have completed I before taking II

    This module forms an introduction to practical research skills and their application
    It develops and improves individual student's discernment of information and sources for effective research and facilitates effective identification of, and handling and deploying various sources of data

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies

    Within the Professional Doctorate there are two Research Methods Modules. These modules collectively will provide the fundamental knowledge that is required in order for students to complete successfully a piece of research required for a dissertation or thesis.
    Both Research Methods modules are inter-related and should be considered as an integrated approach to understanding and applying research methods to data collection and analysis. The titles Research Methods and Research for Professional Doctorates I and II is to designate at there are two modules; they are not sequential, they are inter-related. Students on the course may take them in either order, i.e. it is not necessary to have completed I before taking II

    This module focuses on research skills and their application in a law enforcement environment

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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

What our students say

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

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

Additional costs

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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When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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