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Mode of Study
Part-time distance learning
2 years part-time distance learning
Start Date
September 2022

Are you ready to step up to senior leadership within the police force? On this distance learning Master’s degree apprenticeship in Police Leadership, you’ll get the academic and professional development you need to manage your career, your officers and your force’s role in society.

This course represents the continuing development of the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) – allowing you to develop the most up to date skills demanded in professional policing. You’ll follow a training model we’ve developed through providing pioneering CPD courses to police forces around the UK and work with researchers and practitioners from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, one of the largest criminology departments in the UK.

You’ll have access to our university-wide network of senior leadership students and lecturers in related disciplines, and gain experience of managing critical incidents through Hydra, an immersive tool for making strategic decisions under pressure. You’ll be entitled to discounted membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) during your study, and will qualify for CMI accreditation on graduation.

During your apprenticeship, you'll split your work hours between study (20%) and your ongoing duties (80%). You may need to do some additional studying outside of work time. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so it doesn’t cost you anything.

As a graduate of the MSc Police Leadership degree apprenticeship, you’ll be equipped for promotion in your force, where you can use your skills and study to better deliver the future of policing.

This is a new course and we're currently finalising the detailed information for this page. You can still see entry requirements and apply. You can also see information about what modules you'll study and course costs.

Entry requirements​

MSc Police Leadership Master's Degree Apprenticeship entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject (Social Science, Humanities, Psychology, Law or Management subject). Applicants with equivalent senior professional experience in a relevant organisation (criminal justice or related) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All applicants must be in employment and supported by a criminal justice or related professional employer.
  • All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass  please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Selection process

An online interview may be required as part of the selection process.

​What you'll study

Core modules:

  • Police Leadership (30 credits)
  • Managing Justice & Security Organisations (30 credits)
  • Research methods (30 credits)
  • Dissertation / Major Project (60 credits)

You'll also choose one specialist option from:

  • Investigation and psychology (30 credits)
  • Managing investigations (30 credits)
  • Missing persons in a global context (30 credits)
  • Victimology: vulnerability, risk and resilience (30 credits)
  • International and transnational offending (30 credits)
  • Countering fraud and corruption (30 credits)
  • The global landscape of cybersecurity (30 credits)
  • Policing communities (30 credits)

As this course is an apprenticeship, your employer is required to release you from your 'normal' working hours to ensure you can complete the required study attached to this course.

Your apprenticeship commitment statement will outline the amount of Off The Job (OTJ) training hours required as a minimum for your apprenticeship – it will equate to 20% of your total time on your apprenticeship. You'll use this time for face to face study sessions, mentoring in the workplace, shadowing new work based skills or completion of required research to contribute towards your apprenticeship.

You'll keep a record of your OTJ training hours throughout your apprenticeship, and these will be reviewed to ensure your employer is allowing you the required hours to complete your study.

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, course content is revised and regularly reviewed.  This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels.

​Course costs and funding

The course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Total tuition fees are £14,000 paid over 2 years, which includes the End Point Assessment (EPA) fee.  

Please see our Degree Apprenticeships page, or contact us, for further information about the EPA.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Costs breakdown

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You'll need to pay additional costs anywhere between £50–£1000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence if you take a placement abroad.

The amount you'll pay will vary, depending on the location and length of your stay. It will also depend on additional funding the UK Government makes available after Brexit and if the UK remains part of the Erasmus+ student mobility programme or not.

If you take a placement year or study abroad year, tuition fees for that year are as follows:

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)


The application deadline is .

Applications received after this date may not be considered.

How you apply depends on whether you’re currently employed or not.

How to apply with your current employer

If you’re in full-time employment and would like to do a degree apprenticeship with your current employer, ask them to contact us so we can discuss with them how we can work together. 

You might find it useful to share our information for employers page with them.

How to apply with a new employer

If you’re not employed full-time or not working for a company that can fund and support your degree apprenticeship, you'll need to apply for a degree apprenticeship with a company that offers them.

You'll follow their standard recruitment process and we'll assess your academic suitability for the course once you've applied.

We can let you know when there are degree apprenticeship vacancies available with companies we work with – contact us to give us your details.

You can also browse degree apprenticeship vacancies with employers with whom we already have relationships.

If you have questions about degree apprenticeships, please get in touch with us

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.