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PGCert

PGCert Contemporary Issues in International Law Enforcement (PT)

International Law
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: January 2020
  • Course duration: CPD - variable

International law enforcement operates within an increasingly complex and interconnected world. Crime too is complex and is in constant flux, changing in type, scale, spread and impact. Traditional borders and boundaries are increasingly irrelevant, and law enforcement organisations respond by locating their efforts within an international frame of reference, and with a workforce that demonstrates high-quality, specialist law enforcement education.

NTU offers a range of courses that seek to respond to these challenges, targeted both at a national and international level. The Law Enforcement Suite brings together awards in Policing Leadership, International Law Enforcement and the Management of Fraud Investigation. Each is designed to meet the needs of today’s law enforcement working environments, with specific content for those operating in a range of contexts: from local policing leadership to border security and anti-corruption on the international stage.

The design of this suite enables students to undertake modules in isolation as part of their continuous professional development. Following a CPD route enables students to either:

  • Take an individual module and achieve credits; or
  • Pursue a dedicated pathway with PGCert, PGDip and MSc awards in either Policing Leadership, International Law Enforcement or Management of Fraud Investigation; or
  • Choose to undertake three 20cpt modules from a selection to exit with a PGCert in Contemporary Issues in International Law Enforcement – the focus of this course specification.

This route is ideal for those working within law enforcement including policing, border security, immigration, customs, anti-corruption and fraud investigation who are seeking to build particular expertise in any of our specialist areas.

What you'll study

*We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to out students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments. 

The course is structured as follows:

Students can choose any one of the suite’s option modules, each providing 20cpts. Students can opt to exit with the module credits (which may also later serve as APL, in particular towards the suite of MSc law enforcement courses), or by choosing three modules in combination can achieve a PGCert in Contemporary Issues in International Law Enforcement. The current list of modules is as follows:

  • Advanced Forensic Investigations (blended)
  • Anti-Corruption: Global Trends, Issues and Resolutions (online)
  • Applied Research Methods for Policing (fully campus based)
  • Crime, Community and Neighbourhood (blended)
  • Crime Prevention (online)
  • Complex Frauds: Investigating Organised Crime & Terrorist Financing (online)

It is anticipated that the list of options available will increase over time, subject to approval and course modification.

  • Module descriptions

    Advanced Forensic Investigations (fully campus based)

    TBC

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

    TBC

    Applied Research Methods for Policing (fully campus based)

    TBC

    Crime, Community and Neighbourhood (blended)

    TBC

    Crime Prevention (online)

    TBC

    Complex Frauds: Investigating Organised Crime & Terrorist Financing (online)

    TBC

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

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.

Careers and employability

This course is designed for those either currently in a policing, fraud investigation or law enforcement role. The development of employability skills within this discipline is defined as being critical to increase an individual’s ability to make them ‘employable’ once they have achieved completion of this award and to support their career progression to leadership roles. Along with good technical understanding and subject knowledge, employers often outline a set of skills that they want from an employee.

The focus on skills development is therefore essential and will be developed and assessed throughout the course. These skills include: higher level analytical skills; advanced group work skills; presentation skills; and writing for non-academic but specialist audiences. Alongside this, students will have exposure to a number of visiting contributors from law enforcement, policing and fraud investigation policy and practice and will be encouraged to participate in professional associations, learned societies and the public criminology activities established by the School of Social Sciences.

The international focus will enable students to develop their skills in working with diversity in a global context. This is essential for students who wish to be internationally mobile, and who may be seeking employment in other countries.

In addition to the expertise available within the School of Social Sciences, the University has a comprehensive careers service open to all students to assist in securing employment – you can access the Career’s Service pages of the NTU website here: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/careers.

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.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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

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.

No references are required when applying for this 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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019 entry

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)
per 20 credit module£778.00
PG Cert£2,334

Fees may be subject to change.

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 for 2019 entry

Study routeInternational students
per 20 credit module£778.00
PG Cert£2,334

Fees may be subject to change.

Still need help?

School of Social Sciences Enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460