Mode of Study

Part-time by distance learning

Duration

2 years part-time distance learning

Overview

If you're a police officer – or working in a related profession – and want to advance your career, our MSc Policing, Policy & Leadership degree course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.

On this distance learning course, you'll learn about key issues including the strategy and tactics of core policing, resource management and operational delivery.

When you graduate, you'll have the knowledge and skills you need for a management career in policing or security, an understanding of criminal justice issues and transferable skills which will support your career development.

Our MSc Policing, Policy & Leadership degree course is invaluable for individuals working in the police and security organisations, and you'll be able to apply what you learn to your own organisation during and after your studies.

The additional Core Subjects you can choose from include:

Our MSc Policing, Policy & Leadership degree course offers you two routes of study, depending on your preferences and career goals.

Route A

In addition to Police Leadership: policing, policy and partnerships, and your research methods study, you'll study a relevant Specialist Option. You'll only be able to study a Specialist Option if enough other students elect to take the option in question. You will also have a free choice to study any other available option.

Route B

In addition to Police Leadership: policing, policy and partnerships, and your research methods study, you'll study one additional Core Module from the list above, and a relevant specialist option. You'll only be able to study a Specialist Option if enough other students elect to take the option in question.

Specialist Options include:

  • Policing Communities
  • Managing Justice and Security Organisations
  • Missing Persons
  • Victimology: Vulnerability, Risk and Resilience

Your exit qualification will depend on which options you choose. You'll graduate with one of the following:

  • MSc Policing, Policy & Leadership
  • MSc Policing, Policy & Leadership and Intelligence
  • MSc Crime Science and Policing, Policy & Leadership
  • MSc Security Management and Policing, Policy & Leadership
  • MSc Criminal Psychology and Policing, Policy & Leadership
  • MSc Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption and Policing, Policy & Leadership
  • MSc International Criminal Justice and Policing, Policy & Leadership
  • MSc Criminology and Policing, Policy & Leadership
  • MSc Criminal Justice and Policing, Policy & Leadership

On this course, you'll:

  • Benefit from our local, national and international links with the criminal justice sector
  • Customise your degree to meet your career goals
  • Draw on the expertise and facilities at our School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Learn through our supported distance learning programme, which gives you the flexibility to fit your studies in around other commitments
  • Have 24/7 access to the extensive facilities in our university library, including books, ejournals and newspapers
  • Complete a major project, based on your chosen area of research, with the support of qualified and enthusiastic staff who are experts in the field

Careers and opportunities

On this course, you'll learn the skills needed for a managerial career in the police force or related industries. You'll also get transferable skills in management and strategy, which can be applied in your existing role, and will support your professional development.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the police force or security industry.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Teaching

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • online materials
  • online study support

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • case study
  • blogs
  • presentations
  • research proposal
  • dissertation or major project