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.


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

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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 Student visa. Non-EU students can attend the study weekends on short-term study visas.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2020/21 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:
    • summer studies

    The module will consider the shifting policing landscape through a variety of perspectives defining the modern police service as a recognised profession. It will critically assess what this 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:
    • summer studies

    This module is designed to look at leadership in general, as well as leadership in policing and law enforcement settings, specifically in the domain of police leadership in both strategic leadership and operational policing. The module will also look at ethical issues and dilemmas that can affect leadership decisions. It will draw on a body of work that explores the difference between managerial and leadership styles and helps students to identify how to influence those more senior to them, lead by example and motivate staff. There will be a specific focus on managing change, supporting staff through structural reorganisations and how to identify and nurture new talent.

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  • The module aims to:

    1. Assist students in designing and conducting research for their thesis, and in developing their skills of critical reflection and analysis.
    2. Develop a competence in understanding the strengths and limitations of quantitative and qualitative research.
    3. Develop a competence in analysing quantitative and qualitative research data and writing research reports.
    4. To critically appraise quantitative and qualitative research produced by statutory agencies (such as the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police Service) and voluntary sector organisations in order to enhance their employment prospects.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies

    The module introduces key ideas involved in studying security policy issues in the contemporary world. Students will consider how social, political as well as international relations processes can play a role in constructing and reconstructing security. Topics that will be elaborated on include community, identity, statehood, and political determination. The module focuses on both contemporary and historical security policy issues such as community safety, arms race policy, and the lack of regulatory policy on private military companies. We will also examine the knowledge learned through country cases, such as Cyprus and Northern Ireland, Israel and Palestine, Syria, Russia, China. The course aims to expose students to contemporary debates in security policy and its implementation as well as to the various forms in which security is manifesting today.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies

    This module aims to ensure that students have an understanding of the theoretical and philosophical contexts within which security, policing and community safety are constructed.

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Year 2 modules include:

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."

Where this course can take you

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.

Fees and funding information for EU students starting a course in January

Government guidance for EU students currently states that, as an EU national, you will be eligible for the home fee and to apply for Student Finance if your course starts in the 2020-21 academic year, which includes courses beginning in January/February 2021, provided you meet the residency requirements. This is subject to change based on decisions made by the UK government – please check the latest government guidance for EU students for the most up-to-date information.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

If you require a Student visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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