Policing and Police Studies

MSc Applied Policing Practice

Year of entry

Alternative awards:

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

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

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 tonew reforms or challenges that mayconfront the police/CJS in the future.

The completion of this programme is reliant on the ability to apply leaning in the workplace. Therefore, this programme is aimed at serving police officers and staff with the relevant experience. Applications are welcome from all ranks and roles. The school has a growing number of police related PhD students should individuals require further study following completion of the MSc. 

We are determined the make the new programme for and about the student's own place work and the occupational challenges they face within their own local context. Therefore, much of the study experience will be about reflective practice supported by theory and relevant academic input from us. We expect, then, that a significant amount of the study programme will be wrapped up through the delivery of four modules (dependant on which post graduate option the student chooses to take):

  1. Policing in the organisation: Leadership, management, decision making and reform.
  2. Research and evidence in policing: Evidence based policing, evaluation and the use of research in problem solving.
  3. Action research and research methodology. These two modules will provide the opportunity to learn about different research approaches and using them in the workplace.
  4. Year two will focus on the completion of a dissertation with one to one support from a supervisor. This will utilise the skills students glean from the research methods module and provide some useful local research for the force area. 

The application form is available here and needs to be sent to katie.pocock@canterbury.ac.uk We recommend that you complete your application as completely and as accurately as possible by the specified deadline. Use the personal statement section of the form to tell us why you think you would be a suitable candidate for the course and why you wish to pursue this degree. Please provide detail of previous higher education, NPC courses and applied learning.

You may be required to attend an interview, depending on the extent of your experience. The purpose of the interview will be to identify your suitability to study at level 7 and to provide you with an opportunity to ask questions about the programme. 

Much of this programme will be based on work based applied learning which will be completed locally in the student’s own force area. However, students will be expected to attend some sessions at a central London location and at the University’s campus in Canterbury over the course of the academic year. There will be four Study weekends (Friday and Saturday) that all students should try and attend: these are held at the University’s main campus in Canterbury. You are also encouraged to attend Friday evening sessions the day before each of the Saturday teaching days. Although these are not compulsory they are designed to broaden your academic experience and to provide an opportunity for you to interact with other students on the programme. You should note that the registration session for the programme and the first teaching sessions will be in September 2017, the attendance of which is compulsory. It is important that you attend as many sessions as possible but you also need to recognise that studying for a degree requires considerable work in-between the sessions.

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. 

The assessment pattern will vary from module to module. However, in general terms you may be required for example, to submit written assignments, do presentations, conduct a small piece of local research, write reflexive pieces on current practice and so on. If you complete the full MSc programme you will also be expected to complete a final dissertation at the end of year two.

If you chose to complete the other PG Certificate options you will be required  to complete one module plus the research module depending on which pathway you prefer and all three first year modules for the PG Diploma option.

'We have an active research environment at CCCU should you decide to complete the full MSc programme. The programme is within the Canterbury Centre for Policing Research (CCPR) which hosted the CCPR lecture series, round table events and an annual conference.

Current police student projects include; policing and mental health, police training and education, police use of social media, police and volunteers, police and coping with stress, firearms, policing public order, policing and rape investigation and police and the use of translators in custody suites'. 

The school has a number of active supervisors with various expertise in policing. The areas of interest include but are not exhaustive to: professionalism, police investigation, police education, police and technology, counter terrorism, neighbourhood policing, sexual violence, firearms, police legitimacy, evidence based policing and organisational justice.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  TBC TBC
Part-time  TBC TBC

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Applications for this course can be completed online.

For further information, please  read our guidance on how to apply online.

Applications will be forwarded to the Programme Director Emma Williams and considered by a panel of Policing staff. All applications will be considered individually and we will take into account academic qualifications in addition to paying great attention to the personal statement and the reference provided. Some applicants might have to attend an interview. 

For more Information contact the Programme Director Emma Williams on emma.williams@canterbury.ac.uk or the Programme Administrator Kizzie Mee on kizzie.mee@canterbury.ac.uk

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 2 years part-time


  • The programme will start at a study weekend on Friday 8th September at the Canterbury Campus.

Typical contact hours per week

  • Lectures, seminars and tutorials will normally be offered in London and 4 study weekends in Canterbury. For example, this acadmic year there were 6 sessions in London 2/3 hours long, and 4 study weekends which are across Friday afternoon/evening and Saturday afternoon.

Entry requirements

  • BA/BSc degree in a relevant subject at 2:2 or above




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