Research course

Emergency Services Management

Edge Hill University · Graduate School

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) and a Masters degree (for example, MBA, MA, MSc or MRes, or equivalent). No specific subjects are required.

You must also have at least five years of management or professional experience. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a Masters qualification but with substantial professional experience may be considered.

Overseas applicants will be considered on an individual basis and will be expected to demonstrate English language proficiency to a minimum standard of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. Please note, however, that as this is a part-time research degree it is subject to certain visa restrictions. Please contact the International Office to check whether the University can sponsor your visa for part-time study.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Join a dedicated programme of research for experienced senior managers from the emergency services;
  • Engage in cross‐disciplinary dialogue with academics, policy makers and fellow practitioners interested in the wider aspects of emergency management;
  • Develop as a researcher and gain skills to transfer to professional practice, including the ability to question, analyse, critique and theorise.

Professionalisation of the emergency services workforce and the development of strategic leadership within the blue lights, namely the ambulance, police, and fire and rescue services, are at the top of government and reform agendas.

If you are a leader or senior manager from the emergency services or prison and probation service, or if you work for local authorities, councils or health organisations and have responsibilities under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, this programme will enhance your ability to question, analyse, critique and theorise. It will also encourage interoperability and multi-agency cooperation in line with the statutory duty for collaboration between the emergency services introduced in the Police and Crime Bill 2017. You will develop professional management practice while gaining an appreciation and understanding of the relationship between management research and the professional practice of management.

Upon successful completion of the Professional Doctorate in Emergency Services Management (ambulance, police, or fire and rescue services), you will have obtained and demonstrated the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research, of a quality to satisfy peer review and merit publication. You will make a significant contribution towards new professional practice and academic knowledge.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • ProfDoc
    part time
    54 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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