Taught course

Evidence-Informed Practice (Criminal Justice and Policing)

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

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

Applicants would usually possess a minimum 2:2 in a policing studies or related social sciences discipline.
If you do not have a first degree you must satisfy the programme team of your ability to successfully study at Level 7 through the presentation of a strong portfolio which demonstrates appropriate equivalent skills in the workplace.
Individual assessment of suitability for postgraduate level study will be overseen by the programme team and may require evidence to be submitted as part of an assessment process, e.g: portfolio of written work, reports, evidence practice development and presentations. The programme welcomes students with both prior certified and learning and/or application for experiential learning credits. Applicants claiming Recognition of Prior Learning will be explored on an individual basis where previous qualifications or experience will be mapped against the Learning Objectives of the programme modules in accordance with LJMU RP(E)L policy and procedures www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/public-information/academic-quality-and-regulations/academic-framework.

Months of entry


Course content

This PG Dip in Evidence-Informed Practice is designed for ‘in-service’ criminal justice professionals who want to develop research skills to identify, critically engage with, and reflect on evidence-informed criminal justice policy and practice.

  • ​Develops your research skills enabling you to generate research findings that contribute to the development of criminal justice policy and practice
  • Spans 15 months
  • Combines LJMU-based study days with online learning and independent study
  • Generates practice-relevant research to stimulate work-related learning for your employer
  • A hybrid programme developed following the successful delivery of the Police Knowledge Fund Project in partnership with Merseyside Police, the Home Office, College of Policing and HEFCE

Applicants will need a clear ambition to develop, and commit to the development of, a work-based research project designed to positively impact the operational practice of criminal justice.

​The PgDip is a programme of learning that develops knowledge and skills with a clear building of momentum towards the completion of a 6000 word report and presentation in your bespoke area of interest. Projects will be the result of dialogue and discussion involving you, your employer and the teaching team to ensure the academic and practice and credibility of the research activity.

​You will be expected to attend study days, actively participate in workshops and engage with your project supervisors when conducting work-based research.

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


part time
15 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44(0)151 231 5090