Taught course

Doctor of Policing and Criminal Justice

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants possessing an appropriate and relevant Masters degree (normally an MSc) may enter the programme at Doctoral level. Examples of appropriate Masters degree include: MSc Policing and Criminal Investigation, MSc Criminal Psychology and Criminal Justice, MA Criminal Justice, MSc Forensic and Investigative Psychology.

Students are also expected to demonstrate a significant career of service within Policing, and/or Criminal Justice professions.
The candidates will be expected to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Why study Doctor of Policing and Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University
The programme curriculum has been designed for current or former professionals working in law enforcement and criminal justice. You will be joining and contributing to a vibrant learning community. As part of this doctorate, you will generate original knowledge through the research related to your own area of professional involvement, as well as participating in taught sessions around research planning, research methodology, and critical reflection.
By completing this doctorate, you will achieve formal recognition and accreditation of your professional development and a raised profile within your profession, and you will have the chance to contribute to academic debate, and influence policy and practice.
Aims to develop competent, informed, reflective, ethically and professionally competent practitioners who have a sophisticated academic understanding of wider policing, and criminal justice theories and issues
Enables students to develop advanced skills and competencies in designing, conducting, evaluating, and presenting
Research relevant to policing, and criminal justice
Provides a framework in which students can generate original knowledge through the research of policing, and criminal justice, related issues in their own area of professional involvement
Enables and encourage those graduating with a Professional Doctorate from the programme to disseminate the results of their research with a view to contributing to academic debates or influencing policy and practice
Enhances the development of reflective practice through discussion and networking with others who may be working in different sectors of policing and criminal justice
Makes an original contribution to the status of police studies and criminal justice as a discipline, through the advancement of knowledge and professional practice within the sector and through the development of advanced practitioner researchers

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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