Professional Doctorate in Policing Studies MPhil

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    LJMU's Centre for Advanced Policing Studies is at the forefront of developing new research in policing, criminal justice, security and related fields.

    • Join an ambitious School and student/staff body known for its impactful and sector-leading research
    • Explore the availability of research scholarships
    • Experience expert supervision from former serving officers, practitioners and leading academics
    • Receive research training and opportunities to communicate research within and outside the University
    • Benefit from excellent facilities and great multi-discipline connections

    The Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies has significant expertise in the Policing sector and can thus provide supervision in a wide range of topics. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary methodologies. Our suite of Policing Studies qualifications are focused on developing the professionalisation agenda for policing and we work with the professional body, the College of Policing, as well as local policing organisations to ensure the relevance, credibility, and currency of its courses.

    To meet the increasing demand for new research, the Centre is offering excellent postgraduate research opportunities to complement our multi-disciplinary agenda and impact-led teaching. Our particular areas of strength include:

    • transnational and public order policing
    • serious organised crime
    • victimology and domestic violence
    • terrorism and counter-terrorism
    • intelligence-led policing
    • human trafficking  

    Advanced Policing Studies

    Specific research-related training needs are identified on an individual basis. You can study topics such as:

    • Advanced Presentation Skills 
    • Applying for Ethical Approval 
    • How to be an Effective Researcher
    • Poster Presentation/Design
    • Postgraduate Employability Skills
    • Project Management
    • Writing Skills including Creative Planning for Writing your Thesis
    • Surviving the Viva
    • Speed Reading


    Study hours

    You can study for an MPhil full-time over one or two years or part-time over two to four years. Progressing from an MPhil (and including MPhil registration), you can study for a PhD full-time over 33 to 48 months or part-time over 45 to 84 months. If you are taking a direct route PhD, you can study full-time over two to three years or part-time over three to six years.

    Teaching methods

    You will be allocated up to three supervisors and a Director of Study who will work with you throughout your studies, provide you with appropriate levels of support and guidance.

    Applied learning

    The Centre will provide workshops, skills development opportunities and unique masterclass events, which bring frontline policing and security professionals to the University to discuss their experiences with students.

    Throughout your studies, you will also have the support of LJMU’s Graduate School which offers expert advice and guidance to those enrolled on MPhil and PhD programmes.


    How learning is monitored on your programme

    To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

    You can progress from MPhil to PhD, via a written and oral assessment in Year 2 (full-time students) or Year 3 (part-time students).

    The PhD requires:

    • competence in conducting an independent enquiry
    • competence in the use of appropriate research methods and techniques
    • you to be at the forefront of understanding your specialist topic
    • an original, personal contribution to the understanding of a problem, the advancement of knowledge or the generation of new ideas


    Further your career prospects

    LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

    Some postgraduate research students are already in full-time employment when they begin their studies, whilst others are recent graduates looking to extend their research capabilities and subject expertise.

    A good proportion of our students return to their existing roles with enhanced career prospects, others move on to further study or take up teaching roles in universities and other educational establishments.

    As well as enabling you to focus on your specific areas of interest and expand your subject knowledge ready for employment in your chosen sector, a postgraduate research qualification enables you to take charge of your career path by demonstrating your contribution to an area of knowledge. It enhances your self-confidence and showcases your ability to work independently and ‘go it alone’.

    Visit the Policing Studies MPhil page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!

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    International Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

    Am I eligible?Scholarships are available to outstanding international students applying for an undergraduate course, taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees. International students studying on a distance learning course are not eligible to apply for international scholarships. Scholarships are available to outstanding international students applying for an undergraduate course, taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees. International students studying on a distance learning course are not eligible to apply for international scholarships. LJMU scholarship information will soon be available online.

    Value of Scholarship(s)



    These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for undergraduate courses, taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.If you are an alumnus of LJMU you are entitled to a 20% fee reduction on our postgraduate programmes.

    Application Procedure

    LJMU scholarship information will soon be available online.

    Further Information

    Entry Requirements

    -a minimum 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject
    -a Masters degree with a research dissertation in a relevant subject
    to have had research training directly related to the PhD project

    Additional information
    -If you have qualifications other than those above, your application will be considered individually on merit. Appropriate research and previous experience will be taken into account.
    -IELTS 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)

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