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 criminal justice system then, just as quickly, respond tonew reforms or challenges that mayconfront the police/criminal justice system in the future.

The completion of this programme is partly reliant on the ability to think about the learning provided on the course in the context of practical work. The programme is aimed at both serving officers and staff with relevant experience and also students who have a relevant academic background. Where possible for non-police students it would be beneficial to have a voluntary or paid role in a relevant field. 

We are determined to make the programme for and about the student's own place work / area of interest 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 through the delivery of four modules (dependant on which post graduate option the student chooses to take):

  1. Organisation, development and leadership: Leadership, management, decision making and reform.
  2. Evidence based Interventions: 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 the issues around applying 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.

Much of this programme is based on applied learning. However, students will be expected to attend taught 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, 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 Postgraduate Certificate option 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 Posygraduate 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 hosts the annual CCPR conference, regular lecture series, round table events and more.

Current police student projects include; policing and mental health, police training and education, police use of social media, schools officers, community policing, reform, firearms, policing public order, policing and rape investigation and much more.

We are also linked closely with the College of Policing and have worked with them on the development of the PEQF nationally.

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, criminal investigation, vulnerability, evidence based policing and organisational justice.

Fees

2020/21 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time N/A N/A
Part-time £3,985 N/A

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2020/21 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2020. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can  email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.

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

 

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

CategoryDescription
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

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for 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. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
MSc in Applied Policing Practice apply
Canterbury 2 years part-time September 2020

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 at pgpolice@canterbury.ac.uk.

You may be required to attend an interview, depending on the extent of your qualifications and 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.

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 2 years part-time

Starts

  • The programme will start at a study weekend in early 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 academic year there were 6 sessions in London, each 2-3 hours long, and 4 study weekends which are held across Friday afternoon/evening and Saturday afternoon.

Entry requirements

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

    If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

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