Taught course

Policing, Law Enforcement and Security

University of Chester · Institute of Policing

Entry requirements

Applicants need a minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent in policing, law enforcement and security related subject. Credit exemption may be given for certified or experiential learning taken during the previous five years.

We accept a wide range of qualifications and consider all applications individually on merit. We may also take into account appropriate work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed for students with an academic or professional background in Policing, Law Enforcement and Security who wish to pursue further study and research into topics of contemporary interest.

Those completing this MSc will have become competent and independent minded, and be able to use these skills in the wider law enforcement sector or elsewhere.

This course incorporates and addresses the subjects that are a significant threat and challenge to contemporary society and are priority areas for policing, law enforcement and security organisations.

We draw on the extensive practitioner experience of the academic teaching team supplemented by serving practitioners from specialist law enforcement agencies, including the Police Service, National Crime Agency and the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, in order to provide a unique and complementary learning environment. Our lecturers bring their subject to life by referring to real-world scenarios.

Our course is taught using lectures, seminars, workshops and presentations, and these will be supplemented by private study. We deliver the course over one day each week over three short semesters of six weeks, with an induction in September.

The teaching hours will normally be six hours per week, depending on whether you choose to study the course on a full-time or part-time basis.

Assessment will be by written coursework, as well as group or individual presentations. There are no written examinations.

Information for international students

Students from countries outside the UK are expected to have entry qualifications roughly equivalent to UK A Level for undergraduate study and British Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) for postgraduate study.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS Academic: Undergraduate: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
  • Postgraduate: 6.5 (no less than 5.5 in any band)

For those who do not have IELTS or an acceptable in-country English language qualification, the University of Chester has developed its own online English language test which applicants can take for free as part of their application.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Institute of Policing