Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and Community Safety Prof Doc

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    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.

    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

    • Knowledge-Based Policing 1 (core, 30 credits)
    • Knowledge-Based Policing 2 (core, 30 credits)
    • Policing and Society in Context (core, 30 credits)
    • Policing, Leadership and Ethics (core, 30 credits)
    • Research Methods 1 (core, 30 credits)
    • Research Methods 2 (core, 30 credits)

    Year 2 modules include:

    • Thesis (core, 360 credits)

    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.

    How to apply

    Use the apply button to begin your application.

    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.

    Visit the Policing, Security and Community Safety Prof Doc page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

    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

    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.

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