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RPPOSECS - Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and Community Safety

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Professional Doctorate Level Doctoral
Possible interim awards Master of Science
Total credits for course 540
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Social Sciences
Subject Area Criminology and Sociology
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Part-time 4 YEARS  
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The course is part time, for a minimum of 4 years study.

It consists of 6 taught modules in the first two years,and at least two years study for compiling, researching and writing the thesis (SS7P75) under supervision.

Students are strongly encouraged to start researching their chosen thesis topic form the start of the course, at the beginning of the first year. The taught module assignments are designed to facilitate the research and collection of data relevant to the individual students’ chosen thesis topic.

The whole is a course combining academic discipline and rigour of doctorate level study with enhancing and developing law enforcement/criminal justice/security related practitioner knowledge,

The course is the only doctorate level course specifically in policing and security in the UK.

Course aims

The educational aims of the course are:

• To produce competent, informed, reflective, ethically and professionally competent practitioners who have a sophisticated and critical academic understanding of wider policing theories and issues.
• To provide students with a comprehensive and advanced ability to utilise a range of analytical and research skills to critically interpret police policy and practice in a range of contexts.
• To enable students to develop advanced skills and competencies in designing, conducting, evaluating and presenting research relevant to policing, security and community safety.
• To ensure that the specialised and diverse skills and competencies developed by students during the programme can be contextualised to wider policing issues.

Course learning outcomes

Learning outcomes of the taught part of the course are grouped the following four headings:

• Knowledge and understanding
• Cognitive/intellectual skills
• Transferable skills
• Subject-specific practical skills

Knowledge and Understanding
On completing the course, students will know and understand:
• key issues in contemporary law enforcement and security policy developments
• a wide range of relevant theoretical perspectives
• the role of policing and community safety within wider social dynamics
• the impact and significance of the growing security industry
• the academic literature dealing with policing and community safety policy
• the impact of policy on both partnership and community practice
• research evidence and methodologies relevant to law enforcement and community safety practitioners

Cognitive skills
On completing the course, students will be able to:
• apply critical perspectives to a range of social science research methodologies
• engage critically with a range of theoretical perspectives
• display skills of oral and written presentation of research and policy issues
• analyse, interpret and argue clearly both in writing and orally
• address policing, security and community safety policy issues in the workplace
• show a critical awareness of the social justice implications of policing policy and professional practice

Transferable Skills
On completing the course, students will be able to:
• reflect on their professional practice, informed by relevant research and theoretical sources
• apply analytical research skills to own professional activities and wider policing contexts
• present outcomes of research in a written and oral form
• carry out independent research and write up the results within agreed deadlines

Subject specific practitioner skills
On completing the course, students will be able to:
• Understand, analyse, apply and contribute to debates on key policing, security and community safety policies
• Communicate the results of research on the subjects of the degree effectively both in writing and verbally
• Design and conduct research appropriate to the research questions, context and timescale

Principle QAA benchmark statements

The course articulates fully with the QAA Academic Infrastructure both in respect of the relevant aspects of the Code of Practice. It is a level-8 course and the learning outcomes are framed in terms that match the QAA descriptors for this level.
There are no QAA subject benchmark statements for the course.

Assessment strategy

During the taught module stage Yrs 1 and 2:

in house group written and verbal assignments and presentations,
and following each module, individual assignments

During Years 3 and 4:
Completion of thesis, examined by external examiner and internal examiner, and viva voce exam

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

N/A

Course specific regulations

The programme specification model followed is that prescribed by the University

The course fully conforms to the University Frameworks and requirements. This includes amendments in accordance with the post September 2012 university postgraduate doctorate changes in regulations.

Modules required for interim awards

MSc Policing, Security and Community Safety: All Core modules except the Thesis.

Career opportunities

The course will be of direct benefit to law enforcement officers who wish to progress their careers through a high-level doctoral qualification. As this qualification is more interactive and practical than a traditional PhD, it is an opportunity to gain a recognised qualification while making a significant contribution to your professional environment. Previous graduates have gone on to roles in the Crown Prosecution Service as barristers and as senior police officers with the London Metropolitan Police.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • an undergraduate degree
  • experience as a policing officer or law enforcement professional
  • at least three years of full-time experience in a senior role and already be making a significant contribution to policing policy or processes

Visa information for international students

As a part-time programme, this course does not qualify international applicants for a Tier 4 visa. Non-EU students can attend the study weekends on short-term study visas.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 03 Sep 2013  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes L435 (Security Policy): 100%
Route code POSECS

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 08 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SS8069 Research Methods 1 Core 30 NORTH AUT   NA
SS8070 Research Methods 2 Core 30 NORTH SUM   NA
SS8071 Policing and Society in Context Core 30 NORTH SPR   NA
SS8072 Knowledge-Based Policing 1 Core 30 NORTH AUT NA  
SS8073 Knowledge-Based Policing 2 Core 30 NORTH AUT    
SS8136 Policing, Leadership and Ethics Core 30 NORTH SUM NA  

Stage 1 Level 08 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SS8069 Research Methods 1 Core 30        
SS8070 Research Methods 2 Core 30 NORTH SUM   NA
SS8071 Policing and Society in Context Core 30 NORTH SPR   NA
SS8072 Knowledge-Based Policing 1 Core 30        
SS8073 Knowledge-Based Policing 2 Core 30        
SS8136 Policing, Leadership and Ethics Core 30 NORTH SUM NA  

Stage 2 Level 08 September start Not currently offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SS8P75 Thesis Core 360