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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
Months of entry
This course is the first ever doctorate degree designed for professionals working in law enforcement, policing, security, government and the private sector. It’s ideal for those wanting to hone their professional and research skills through a PhD-level qualification but with a more practical, career-orientated focus. The course aims to produce professionally competent and informed practitioners who have an understanding of wider policing theories and advanced research skills and abilities. Our graduates include highly placed policing and security professionals.
More about this course
This unique professional doctorate course provides both theoretical and relevant practical skills development for those who wish to further their careers in policing, security, community policing, legal occupations and social research methodology.
The course is international in nature with previous students coming from Canada and Africa, and EU and Caribbean countries as well as the UK. The course contains a balanced content of international law enforcement and security issues, and also local community level problems. The taught modules and assignments are tailored as much as possible to assist you in your thesis.
Thesis topics of previous students have included financial regulation, anti-terrorism, public confidence in the police, comparative international security issues, local community police and societal issues.
You'll become a professionally competent and informed practitioner with a sophisticated understanding of wider policing theories and advanced research skills and abilities. As well as developing teamwork, leadership and presentation skills, the course will help you acquire the skills and knowledge you need to tackle complex occupational or professional problems in challenging and diverse situations.
You'll be assessed through reports, essays, presentations and a thesis.
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.
Information for international studentsAs 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.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- part time48 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Further details of qualification
This is the first ever doctorate degree designed for professionals working in law enforcement, policing, security, government and the private sector who wish to hone their professional and research skills in a PhD-level qualification, but with a more practical, career-orientated focus.
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
- +44 (0)20 7133 4202