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Opportunity to study at postgraduate level within a specialist policing research centre with supervision teams with a wide range of policing research interests.

*MSc Applied Policing Practice

Alternative awards:

  • *Postgraduate Certificate Applied Policing Practice (Organisation, Leadership & Development)
  • *Postgraduate Certificate Applied Policing Practice (Evidenced Based Police Interventions)
  • *Postgraduate Diploma Applied Policing Practice

The MSc in Applied Policing Practice is offered to police officers and staff of all ranks and roles in related occupations. The demand on the police service is becoming increasingly more complex and the issues involved require a wider knowledge base and new skill sets to address them effectively. This programme supports students in developing their knowledge and their research interests. Key to this programme is also leadership and management which is critical to the success of any police reform and local organisational change programme.

Our new programme will be based around building new postgraduate ‘policing themes’ that can be adapted to deliver the most contemporaneous issues in crime, policing and the CJS, and then, just as quickly, respond to new reforms or challenges that may confront the police/CJS in the future.

For more information on this programme is available on the prospectus page. Please submit the application form to

MSc by Research in Policing

The MSc by Research in Policing focusses specifically on the final thesis, which will be based on an empirical research study of a chosen area of policing. The part-time programme runs over two years with lectures run by the Graduate School in Canterbury, lectures in London and three study weekends in Canterbury focusing on research methods. Students are providing with a supervision team giving advice on their research and the development of their thesis. See the list of supervisors for further detail.

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Selection of MSc titles

Gareth Stubbs Skin Coloured Targets: An examination of the effects of the use of targets in the Police, in ‘Black, Minority and Ethnic’ (BME) candidate selection and recruitment

Naomi Bennett To Stay or Go? A Study of Police Officer Turnover Data and the Drivers behind the decision to remain or leave the Police Service

Elena Collins An explorative study of the relationship between police officer morale, behaviours and the delivery of public value services

Jane Hurn An investigation into the effect of austerity on Detectives working within CID and the investigative process

Richard Honess The Mandatory Delivery of Ongoing Training within the Police Service of England and Wales and its Relationship to the Andragogical Principle of Self-Motivation

Darren Townsend Exploring officers perceptions of evidence based policing trials

PhD Criminal Justice

Staff in the School of Law, Criminal Justice & Computing have a range of different research interests relating to criminal justice from policing, law, forensic investigation and criminology/criminal justice. See the list of supervisors and their staff profiles with details of their respected research interests.

A PhD involves a commitment to at least 3 years’ study, (5 if part-time) and completion of a thesis of around 80,000 words. Your thesis will need to make an original contribution to existing knowledge in your chosen field. PhD students work closely with academic supervisors whose research interests are compatible with their own. A PhD is awarded purely on the strength of your thesis and your ability to present and discuss your findings in an oral examination (viva voce, often referred to as a viva). There are no written examinations. More information on the PhD can be found here.

More details on supervisors for the MSc or PhD can be found here.

How to apply for one of our postgraduate research degrees through the Graduate school


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