Research course

Doctor of Policing, Security and Criminal Justice

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

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

Those with an appropriate and relevant Masters degree (normally an MSc) may enter the programme at Doctoral level.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be awarded following confirmation that the modules studied and the desired learning outcomes in the Masters programme were achieved. Applicants are also expected to demonstrate a significant career of service within Policing, Security and Criminal Justice professions.

Months of entry


Course content

The Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University enables practitioners, professional services and early career academics to reach the highest level of academic attainment.

  • An ideal programme of further study for serving or recently retired practitioners
  • Enables you to write a thesis on an original topic of your choosing, making a contribution to knowledge and professional practice
  • Select supervisory experience from scholars right across the university, ensuring first class support and fulfilment
  • Reflect on how practice and academia can combine and develop new insight and knowledge
  • Learn from experienced professionals, practitioners and academics ​

The Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice aims to produce well-informed, ethically reflective and professionally-competent practitioners who have a sophisticated and crucial academic understanding of wider policing and security theories and issues.

The programme will enable you to develop advanced skills and competencies in designing, conducing, evaluating and presenting research relevant to a range of related areas.

On graduation, you will be able to disseminate the results of your research with a view to contributing to the debate or influencing policy and practice. The course aims to enhance the development of reflective practice through discussion and networking with others who may be working in different sectors of criminal justice, security and the policing sector.

At the end of your course you will feel confident enough to make an original contribution to the status of police studies, security studies and criminology as a discipline, through the advancement of your knowledge and professional practice.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
72 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44(0)151 231 5090