Welcome to the Applied Policing course at Canterbury Christ Church University. We look forward to welcoming you onto the course. The course seeks to be flexible combining online learning together with face-to-face delivery during study weekends. We have a wide range of experienced staff in the School of Law, Policing & Social Sciences including forensic science, criminology, sociology, politics and law. We also have a large policing team with a wide range of research interests in firearms, traffic, police professionalisation, criminal investigation, ethics, terrorism, gangs, and international policing. Throughout your time there will be events available for you to attend beyond the curriculum. These have included guest lectures and webinars. We are keen to support your research interest and explore your ideas around policing. Welcome to our School and university whether you are returning following previous studies or arriving at the university for the first time.

Dr Perry Stanislas
Course Director Postgraduate Policing.

Key dates

Start date: 19 September 2022

Academic Calendar: Semesters with Professional Learning Block - click here for more about this Academic Calendar including key dates for learning and teaching, breaks and assessment periods

Please see the MSc Applied Policing Practice prospectus page for an overview of the course.

"I found the MSc in applied police practice at CCCU a fantastic course that was both challenging and rewarding. I would highly recommend it for anyone within policing, whether that is officers or staff, who are looking to deepen and develop their understanding of how policing is undertaken and how policing research findings can be put to best use.

The key element of this course was giving me the skills and insight in how to collect the relevant information and data, how to analyse that data in a meaningful way, and critically how to use the findings from it in an operational setting and put them to a practical use.

The course content, as with previous study I have undertaken at CCCU, was excellent and thought provoking and the learning resources available are superb. The support offered by the tutors and lecturers was amazing and there exists a genuine warmth and engagement from the staff towards students which in turn creates a safe learning environment and discussion platform. Despite it being a challenging experience, whilst working full time, it has been a pleasure to study at CCCU and I consider myself lucky to have been able to undertake this course."

Dan Card, MPS Officer

Getting started

There will be 4 study weekends for you to attend throughout the course and these will be held on our Canterbury Campus. It is vital that you attend the first weekend in early September, as this is when you will complete your Registration with the University and will be given full details on how to access the learning resources available and meet the team who will be supporting you in your studies. The weekends will consist of teaching on the Friday and Saturday (until 1500). The other sessions are delivered online through the virtual learning environment with support from a personal academic tutor.

Please ensure that you complete the pre- registration process for the course before coming to Canterbury. You will be given instructions on how to do this once you have been accepted. The registration can be done on-line and is essential to enable you to access CCCU’s resources, such as Library facilities and computer accounts.

Studying at Masters Level requires a deep level of engagement with the subject area studied and a good level of individual preparation for seminars and assessed tasks. You will be given support and guidance but should not underestimate the work involved.

In year one you will complete three modules:

Year one

  • Evidence based Interventions: Evidence based policing, evaluation, and the use of research in problem solving.
  • Organisation, development, and leadership: Leadership, management, decision making and reform.
  • Research methods.

Other information

Social media can help you keep up to date with activities at the University. Here are a few University Twitter feeds to look at and follow:

  • @CCPR is the direct link to the Canterbury Centre for Policing Research Twitter feed. This is where events and conferences are advertised - many of which are free to CCCU students. The Centre also holds a joint seminar series with University College London (in London) on police related research and commentary.

Other good Twitter feeds for the course are:

  • @wecops where we encourage students to engage in the bi-weekly debates on police topics.
  • @PolicingInsight a police online free resource for students. Academics and police officers regularly publish relevant news and option related articles which are relevant to the course.
  • @CollegeofPolice the handle for the College of Policing for regular updates on police education, professionalisation agendas and free events held by the College nationally.
  • @Society_EBP handle for the Society of Evidence Based Policing which is free to join.
  • @ccculibrary for library events and updates.

Using Twitter to follow journals and organisations will help you gain an insight into wider areas of policing, for example:


Pre-course reading

Depending on the background you are joining us with, you may want to read some material in preparation. These are examples of the books used on the course:

  • Bowling. B, Reiner. R & Sheptycki. J (2019) The Politics of the Police, 5th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Brunger. M, Tong. S & Martin, D (2016) (eds) Introduction to Policing Research: Taking Lessons from Practice London: Routledge.
  • Cockbain, E & Knutsson. J (eds) (2016) Applied Police Research: Challenges and Opportunities, London: Routledge
  • Davis. C & Silvestri. M (2020) Critical Perspectives on Police Leadership, Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Knutsson. J & Tompson. L (eds) (2017) Advances in Evidence-Based Policing, London: Routledge
  • Davies. P & Francis. P (2018) Doing Criminological Research, 3rd Edition, London: Sage
  • Wood. D (2020) Towards Ethical Policing, Bristol: Policy Press