Taught course

Policing, Security and Community Safety - Prof Doc

London Metropolitan University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants normally need to have:

  • A first degree
  • Experience as policing officers and law enforcement professionals
  • At least three years of full-time experience in a senior role, and already making a significant contribution to policing policy or processes

For any further information or details about this course, please contact direct Dr Nick Ridley and/or Dr Dan Silverstone: n.ridley@londonmet.ac.uk and d.silverstone@londonmet.ac.uk.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Course overview

This is the first postgraduate doctorate level qualification in the UK which is specifically designed for professionals working in law enforcement and policing, security, government, private sector, and the 'wider criminal justice family' who wish to hone both their professional and research skills. This unique 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 very international in nature. Past students have come from Canada, Africa, the EU, 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 assisting the individual students' chosen thesis area.

The course aims to produce professionally competent and informed practitioners who have 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 to tackle complex occupational or professional problems in challenging and diverse situations.

Course structure

You take six modules (three in the first year, three in the second year, taught in intensive weekend study periods) and then develop and produce a thesis of between 40,000 and 50,000 words in your third and fourth years. Those unable to complete the thesis but who have successfully completed the six modules can obtain an MSc in Policing, Security and Community Safety.

Core modules include:

  • Academic and Research Methods I & II
  • The Socio-Political Context of Policing
  • Knowledge-Based Policing I & II
  • Leadership


Methods include reports, essay and presentations. You will also be assessed on your thesis.

Career opportunities

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • ProfDoc
    part time
    48 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