PGCert

Policing Research

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: January 2019
  • Course duration: One year part-time

This Postgraduate Certificate allows you to develop a critical and informed understanding of policing-related research and the policy-making context in which it’s undertaken.

During the course, you’ll build upon your already established knowledge of policing and policy-making and develop fundamental research skills to enable you to deepen your understanding of the current crime climate and contemporary policing issues.

The course has been developed as part of the wider collaborative activity known as the East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) - visit their website for more information. Through consultation, it draws upon sector knowledge and contemporary issues and debates. This consultation ensures that the programme is relevant, feasible and attractive to those currently working in this sector.

Please note that you must be a current police officer, member of police staff, police support volunteer or working within this sector before you can apply.

What you'll study

You’ll have the opportunity to gain an accelerated understanding of contemporary crime and policing issues through distinctive theoretical and practical research methods modules. You’ll be able to critically evaluate a particular aspect of crime reduction or operational policing drawing upon your prior knowledge or experience through previous study or employment.

Through the two modules, Evidence-Based Policing and Policing Research in Practice, you’ll have the opportunity to gain an insight into current research methods and a critical awareness of the current philosophical, theoretical and methodological problems, debates and insights that shape policing-related study.

Upon completion of this course, you’ll be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of the political, policy-making and organisational issues (both structural and cultural) that shape policing-related research and responses to policing issues.

The modules on this course are designed to deepen your existing skills and understanding of policing.

  • Evidence-Based Policing

    This module is designed to develop your understanding of evidence-based policing, and the policy and organisational context within which policing-related research takes place. It will introduce you to a variety of evaluative frameworks and research methods used to conduct policing-related research.

  • Policing Research in Practice

    This module will allow you to put the learning from Evidence-Based Policing into practice. With support from your tutors, you'll carry out your own piece of research on a topic of your choice. You'll be encouraged to develop your idea with police priorities / needs in mind.

Develop a critical awareness of the current philosophical, theoretical and methodological problems, debates and insights that shape the discipline.

How you’re taught

  • You’ll be taught through face-to-face workshops, directed study and one-to-one supervision.
  • A mixture of learning and delivery methods ensure you are provided with the appropriate opportunities to succeed.
  • You’ll be assessed through written assessments and presentations.

Careers and employability

You must be a current employee of a police force, regional policing unit or local authority with relevant experience in policing. Upon completion of the course, you will be equipped with the skills to accelerate understanding of particular crime and policing issues while, at the same time, accrediting your learning.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • an honours degree
  • You must be employed as a current UK Police Officer, police staff, police support volunteer or working within this field in the UK in order to apply for this course.
  • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Previous employment experience can be taken into account.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

  • You must be employed as a current UK Police Officer or working within this field in the UK in order to apply for this course.
  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree or other equivalent higher education qualification e.g. HND / DipHE.
  • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered but will be required to evidence relevant work experience in a related field, and demonstrate their motivation and ability to study at postgraduate level.

Please note: 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. Applicants to this course must be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the course.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

This course starts in January 2019.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just email Dr Becky Thompson at becky.thompson@ntu.ac.uk

Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Please feel free to get in touch with Dr Becky Thompson at becky.thompson@ntu.ac.uk if you'd like to discuss how your previous employment experience might meet these requirements.

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.

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. You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Good luck with your application!

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Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

This course starts in January 2019.

Please note: 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. Applicants to this course must be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the course.

Ready to join us? Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your course as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Please contact us for details of fees for entry in January 2019.

Please contact us for details of fees for entry in January 2019.

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School of Social Sciences Enquiries
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