Policing and Police Studies

MSc Policing

Year of entry

This is a collaboration between the Police Academy of the Netherlands and Canterbury Christ Church University.

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 Policing is open to police officers and police support staff from the UK, the Netherlands and other (European) countries as well as to members of related public administration institutes and private security agencies.

It is a collaboration between the Police Academy of the Netherlands and the University and has been validated by both Canterbury Christ Church University and the NVAO (Dutch­Flemish Accreditation Organisation).

The course aims at developing an academic understanding of issues that are important to the police, their partners and the public.

Applicants for the MSc in Policing should be professionals undertaking tasks at a strategic level of policing or public administration. Successful students on the programme will be able to:

  • transform academic findings into operational recommendations, scenarios or project plans;
  • convert policing outcomes or investigations into managerial reports;
  • research and develop policing strategies;
  • carry out evaluations or case studies as a basis for new policing concepts;
  • act as an advisor, discussant or negotiator for decision makers of the police and other public agencies;
  • play a role in international police cooperation.

The MSc in Policing comprises four core modules and a dissertation.

Modules are taught at level HE7 and are assessed by means of research oriented course work, such as a research report, a case study, a literature review, a comparative study or a presentation. The dissertation includes a viva.

Core courses:

  • Policing Models
  • Police and Diversity
  • Police Legitimacy
  • International Policing

The modules will enable you to make strategic analyses, conduct research into societal developments which are relevant to policing, develop long term policy perspectives, assess and process the implementation of a policy and contribute to a scientific development of policing.

Students are usually already employed by a police force when they join the course. The course will enable you to acquire analytical and critical skills essential for positive progression in your career.

The programme entails a mixture of lectures, seminars and self-directed study. Teaching is usually done over intensive weeks spread throughout the first year and a half of the degree. You will be taught by a variety of international experts in different fields covered in the modules, and will work closely with a supervisor for your dissertation.

Assessment is through written, research oriented work (eg research report, case study, literature review, a comparative study or presentation) and a final dissertation which includes a viva (oral exam).


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

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.

Before you begin your application you will need to consult with the relevant academic to help determine a viable research project. Once you have contacted a supervisor, you will need to complete the following application information form.

Once completed, please start your full application online. You will be required to upload your application information form during the online application.

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

The venue of the classes depends on the geographical origin of the majority of students that register for the course.

Informal enquiries can be made to both Programme Directors, either: karel.marttin@politieacademie.nl or sofia.graca@canterbury.ac.uk

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • Maximum of 3 years

Entry requirements

  • A UK bachelor's degree with Honours at 2.2 or above, or equivalent (foreign) award, including basic research methods; or a Dutch Bachelor of Policing Diploma or former equivalent at level HE4; or an award of any Dutch University (or College), where the award demonstrates the ability to apply basic research methods.



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