Taught course

Police Leadership (Distance Learning) (Degree Apprenticeship)

University of Portsmouth · School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject (Social Science, Humanities, Psychology, Law or Management subject). Applicants with equivalent senior professional experience in a relevant organisation (criminal justice or related) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All applicants must be in employment and supported by a criminal justice or related professional employer.

All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.

Months of entry


Course content


Are you ready to step up to senior leadership within the police force? On this distance learning Master’s degree apprenticeship in Police Leadership, you’ll get the academic and professional development you need to manage your career, your officers and your force’s role in society.

The course allows you to develop the skills demanded of senior leaders in the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF). You’ll follow a training model we’ve developed through providing pioneering CPD courses to police forces around the UK and work with researchers and practitioners from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, one of the largest criminology departments in the UK.

You’ll have access to our university-wide network of senior leadership students and lecturers in related disciplines, and gain experience of managing critical incidents through Hydra, an immersive tool for making strategic decisions under pressure. You’ll be entitled to discounted membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) during your study, and will qualify for CMI accreditation on graduation.

During your apprenticeship, you'll split your work hours between study (20%) and your ongoing duties (80%). You may need to do some additional studying outside of work time. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so it doesn’t cost you anything.

As a graduate of the MSc Police Leadership degree apprenticeship, you’ll be equipped for promotion in your force, where you can use your skills and study to better deliver the future of policing.

Fees and funding

For information about fees and funding your studies, please visit: https://www.port.ac.uk/study/masters-and-postgraduate-taught/fees-and-funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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