Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Doctor of Policing, Security and Criminal Justice

LJMU's Prof. Doc. in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice enables practitioners and early career academics to reach the highest level of academic attainment. - An ideal programme of further study for serving or recently retired practitioners - Write a thesis on an original topic of your choosing, making a contribution to knowledge and professional practice - Select supervisory experience from scholars right across the university, ensuring first class support and fulfilment - Reflect on how practice and academia can combine and develop new insight and knowledge - Learn from experienced professionals, practitioners and academics ? The Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice will appeal to a wide variety of professionals who want to share their professional practice and expertise with fellow students. The doctorate will enable you to contribute to the development of your discipline (be that Policing Studies, Security Studies, Criminology or Criminal Justice) and professional practice in your area.

Entry requirements

Professional Doctorate: You will need: an appropriate, relevant Masters degree a significant career history in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice professions Additional information IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in each component) Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes) RPL is accepted on this programme If you have any specific queries, please contact Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC. View country specific entry requirements: Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team ( for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages:

Course modules

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning. Core Modules Planning and Research in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice (30 credits) Thesis in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice (270 credits) Reflection in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice (60 credits)

Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic. In the first unit you will be assessed on your ability to meet a range of agreed learning outcomes, demonstrated through the development of a series of assignments, including a presentation and essay. This first unit will assess your capacity for professional development, review of knowledge and skills relating to the use of advanced research techniques. Before proceeding to stage two, the work submitted for this module will be assessed and the credit awarded in accordance with the Academic Framework. Assessment of the 30 credit Planning Module will include a short report. This will seek to justify the rationale for the project activities planned within the Doctoral Phase, indicating how each project is to be undertaken, describing the significant milestones to be achieved and including the completed learning agreement/research proposal for the whole Doctoral Phase. The Investigative project and reflective module are assessed by viva voce examination of the thesis. The reflective module is there to ensure that students become effective research practitioners. They are able to reflect on their practice and therefore are able to see how academic work improves their professional learning and the practice of their organisations. The investigative project module and reflective module will be approved as suitable for submission for viva voce examination by the supervisory team.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Professional Doctorate Full-time September 2019 - 3 Years
Professional Doctorate Part-time September 2019 - 7 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies
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