Research course


Open University · The Open University Business School

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have minimum qualifications of an upper second class honours degree 2:1 and usually a specialist masters in a subject relevant to the intended study with a strong research element.

Months of entry


Course content

The Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL) is a collaboration between The Open University and 21 UK police forces to create and use knowledge to improve policing. The Centre is located in and led from The Open University Business School and supported by the Faculty of Business and Law jointly with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

CPRL covers a range of academic disciplines relevant to policing, including psychology, engineering, web science, criminology, educational technology to support learning, leadership, management and organization studies. There are around 50 academics across all faculties and institutes who are involved in research with CPRL. Within the Business School, research interests are in ethics, demand management, leadership, management, organizational learning, co-production of public services, city leadership and place leadership.

More information on CPRL can be found on the centre’s own website. PhD research is covered in more detail on the CPRL research area.

The Centre accepts PhD students who are full- or part-time. The latter may be serving police officers or police staff.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Anita Aldridge
+44 (0)1908 652845