Taught course


University of Gloucestershire · Faculty of Education, Humanities and Sciences

Entry requirements

you will need at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent qualification or relevant professional experience. EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

A highly applied course, designed to develop the knowledge and skills directly relevant to employment in careers with the police, public services or third sector organisations. Alongside modules that examine specialist academic themes, students undertake an individual or group project with a host organisation, exploring the application of research evidence to effective professional practice.

You will engage with tasks such as Rapid Evidence Assessment, or analysing historical case file materials on sexual offences, thus developing valuable skills for working in relevant areas of public sector or third sector organisations. You will also undertake a work-based research project. This will normally be focused on current concerns and the needs of a host organisation, and you will collect and examine evidence that can be used to shape effective professional practice.

The course benefits from strong links with external bodies offering opportunities for collaboration: Gloucestershire Constabulary; the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire; Restorative Gloucestershire; charities providing support and training around domestic violence, homicide, stalking and sexual offences; and community organisations active in crime prevention and reduction initiatives.

Qualification and course duration


part time
8 months
full time
4 months


part time
20 months
full time
8 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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