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.

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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 course 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 and develop analytical and critical skills essential for positive progression in your career.

The course entails a mixture of lectures, seminars and self-directed study. Teaching is usually over intensive weeks in the first year of the degree. Most teaching will be in the Netherlands, with some sessions in Canterbury and remote support via the University’s Virtual Learning System. 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).

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
MSc In Policing (Dutch Police) apply
Police Academy Of The Netherlands 5 years part-time September 2020

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

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UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 2 years part-time study

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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