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Policing Leadership MSc / PGCert; PGDip

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2022 / January 2023
  • Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Policing is a vitally important public service that frequently deals with complex issues of public safety such as the safeguarding of vulnerable people and the protection of communities.

The police service faces several critical challenges, such as the need to provide services with fewer resources, to target resources where they are needed most and to improve the service provided to communities. This course will give students the ability to help meet these challenges by applying advanced and specialist knowledge and skills at the cutting edge of our understanding.

The general aim of the course is to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to become a leader at any level of policing and to drive continual improvement in policing practice by using and generating evidence about what strategies and tactics are most effective. You will study existing evidence on effective policing and how to produce new evidence that can help inform policing decisions. You will also undertake research, supported by an expert supervisor, using the most appropriate methods to answer policing questions that particularly interest you.

During your studies, you will encounter opportunities to build your understanding of policing in an international context through specialist modules and your interaction with students from our accompanying MSc courses in International Law Enforcement and Management of Fraud Investigation.

This course is aimed at students who have an undergraduate degree in policing, criminology or a related discipline, or who have equivalent knowledge of policing gained through professional practice.

The flexible design of the course means you can achieve a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or full Masters (MSc).

What you’ll study

This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills need to become a leader at any level of policing and to drive continual improvement in policing practice. The flexible design of the course means that there are opportunities for students to achieve either a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or full Masters (MSc). In addition to this, a range of modules are available as single units of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for students to achieve credits or accumulate these towards a final award.

At full Masters, the course consists of 180 credits at level 7 on the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. You will study six taught modules, each of 20 credits, and complete a 60-credit capstone project.

Core modules

Policing Strategies (20cpts)

Effective and Evidence Based Policing (20cpts)

Leadership and management in law enforcement (20cpts)

The core modules will give you the key knowledge and skills that you need to successfully complete the course, to get the most out of the optional modules and to complete the research project. In Leadership and Management in Law Enforcement you will learn how to effectively manage people, organisations, finances and change based on cutting-edge research in these areas. In Policing Strategies, you will learn about how different approaches, such as intelligence-led and problem-oriented policing, can be used to achieve different policing objectives. In Effective and Evidence Based Policing, you will learn how evidence of what works and what doesn’t can be generated and used to make decisions in different policing contexts.

The modules for the PG Cert and the following:

Core module

Research methods (20cpts)

Plus, two options from the following list:

Crime, Community and Neighbourhood (20cpts)

Applied Research Methods for Policing (20cpts)

Crime Prevention (20cpts)

Anti-Corruption: Global Trends, Issues and Resolutions (20cpts)

Complex Frauds: Investigating Organised Crime & Terrorist Financing (20cpts)

Advanced Forensic Investigations (20cpts)

In the Research Methods module you learn about different approaches to research, including issues such as ethics, accessing or gathering data, data analysis and how to draw valid conclusions from your data. This will help you prepare for the Capstone Project, during which you will be paired with an academic supervisor to help you complete research that generates new evidence and insight on a topic of your choice. Students wishing to further enhance their knowledge and skills in statistical research can work alongside our specialist Quantitative and Spatial Criminology Group by choosing to take the option module entitled Applied Research Methods for Policing.

Option modules have been designed to align with both the specialist academic research areas of our team and the most pressing challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in your jurisdiction. You will work alongside academics and external organisations to develop specialist knowledge and skills, and in many cases, will have the chance to apply these during your studies through real-world case examples.

You will study six taught modules, each of 20 credits, and then complete a 60-credit capstone project.

Core module

Capstone Project (60cpts)

You will be paired with an academic supervisor to help you complete research that generates new evidence and insight on a topic of your choice.

How you’re taught

The course is delivered on a blended learning platform, with learning taking place both within a classroom environment and through our dedicated online platform.Teaching methods will include, lecturers, group workshops, problem-based learning, guided independent study and a Capstone Project.

This course will use a variety of teaching methods to help you develop an advanced understanding of policing leadership and the skills needed to be a leader at all levels of policing. The course is delivered on a blended learning platform, with learning taking place both within a classroom environment and through our dedicated online platform.

Learning methods will include:

  • Lectures delivered by academic experts and visiting speakers from the fields of policing, international law enforcement, and the management of fraud investigation.
  • Group workshops in which students and staff discuss a topic, synthesising professional and academic knowledge to understand its relevance for policing, law enforcement and the management of fraud investigation.Problem-based learning in which you will be given a law enforcement problem to research and then be guided by staff in developing a solution based on the best-available evidence.
  • Guided independent study in which staff will guide you in understanding important academic, official and professional sources of information.A capstone project in which you will be supported by an expert supervisor to produce your own research on a law   enforcement topic of your choice.The teaching on this course is ‘blended’, meaning there will be a mixture of face-to-face and online teaching. This is designed to support our students whose personal and professional commitments, or geographical distance, may mean that attending in person is not always possible.
  • Interactive/group learning is a major method used within the modules for both face-to-face and online delivery.  It is designed to enhance confidence in your own learning and future practice by enabling you to explore and develop ideas and methods, and to support others in doing so.

The course is structured to provide you with the flexibility to study alongside other responsibilities. Students can enter the programme either in January or October, and study full time or part time.

Assessment methods

Assessment on the course involve written assessments, report writing, presentations and group work. All modules will have at least one formative assessment, which will not count towards your final grade, these assessments will give you the opportunity to get feedback to help improve your work.

To encourage and facilitate independent learning the course will take full advantage of NTU's online workspace (NOW).

An active research environment

The staff who teach this course are all active researchers in policing, law enforcement and the management of fraud investigation. They publish articles and books on policing and present their work at leading national and international conferences and convene events for practitioners and policy makers. This means they can help you understand and evaluate cutting-edge work in this field, as well as train you to produce your own research. Teaching materials are frequently updated to take account of the latest information gained from research both in this department and elsewhere. In addition to this academic expertise, we are proud to count a number of leading authorities from international law enforcement policy and practice as our partners. You will come into contact with guest lecturers, supervisors and speakers throughout your studies with us.

In-sessional English language support

In-sessional English language support classes are available to all international (non-EU) students studying on degree courses at NTU. There is no extra charge for these classes.

Staff Profiles

Rebecca Thompson

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

Dr Becky Thompson is an Associate Professor in Criminology at Nottingham Trent University. Her research focuses upon household burglary, anti-social behaviour (ASB) and police-academic collaboration. Much of this involves working

Kassim Noor Mohamed

Principal Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Dr Kassim Noor Mohamed profile

James Hunter

Principal Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

James Hunter

Andromachi Tseloni (Professor)

Professor

School of Social Sciences

Careers and employability

This course is primarily targeted at those in employment within policing services in the UK who are seeking to build their leadership skills for potential career enhancement. This course is designed to provide you with the qualification that signals advanced knowledge and skills, which can help to accelerate your career progression. For those from outside the policing service, this course will provide a route into policing leadership.

The Masters level qualification is specifically designed to build leadership and advanced analytical skills (through research) that are often requisites for career advancement.

Campus and facilities

As a Social Sciences student you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings including:

  • Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms;
  • Open access PCs and secure wireless points;
  • Study areas and social spaces;
  • Chaucer cafe serving drinks and light snacks;
  • Our School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across our City Campus, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services, with a free printing allowance for each student.

Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.

Books and library resources

Our state-of-the-art Boots library will give you access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the built environment. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.

Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist subject knowledge and can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources, and also with areas such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

Entry requirements

Applying with prior qualifications

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (normally 2.2 or above).

If you hold a first degree but it doesn't meet the entry requirements above, please refer to the information below.

Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. You will be required to demonstrate how your experiences and knowledge would enable you to study this course at Masters-level in your Personal Statement.

No references are required when applying for this course.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please note: Due to the modular method of teaching, this course does not meet the UK Visas and Immigration requirements for Student Route sponsorship and therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require a Student Route visa under the Points Based Immigration System.

Applying with prior qualifications

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (normally a 2.2 or above).

If you hold a first degree but it doesn't meet the entry requirements above, please refer to the information below.

Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. You will be required to demonstrate how your experiences and knowledge would enable you to study this course at Masters-level in your Personal Statement.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Fees

Study route Home (UK students)
Full-time £7,700
Part-time (cost per year of study) £3,850 (for Year One*)

The above fees are for 2022 entry.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and funding bodies, and from the University.

There are two main costs involved with postgraduate study: the cost of your tuition fees which is paid directly to the University, and living expenses such as accommodation, travel and food.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies, We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduate fees and funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Fees

Study routeInternational / EU students
Full-time £15,850
Part-time (cost per year of study) £7,925 (for Year One*)

The above fees are for 2022 entry.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

To apply for this course, please contact Jason Pandya-Wood at jason.wood@ntu.ac.uk.

You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide.

All applications welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to compliment any qualifications. All applicants will need to apply through our NTU Applicant Portal.

If you're applying without prior qualifications, you'll need to submit comprehensive details of your achievements with evidence to substantiate your claim (any documentation can be uploaded to the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal). This type of application will be considered with respect to the University’s provision for ‘accreditation for prior experiential learning’. Decisions regarding the accreditation of prior learning are a matter of academic judgement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Open days

The School of Social Sciences holds open events throughout the year. Come along and learn more about our courses, speak to programme leaders and find out about studying with the School.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200, or contact us at Ask NTU.

Good luck with your application!

Please note: Due to the modular method of teaching, this course does not meet the UK Visas and Immigration requirements for Tier 4 sponsorship and therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require a Tier 4 visa under the Points Based Immigration System.

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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