Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Advanced Policing

LJMU's Advanced Policing programme develops the skills increasingly required by forces as policing moves further towards an evidence-based approach. •​Commences January 2017 •Programme addresses the quantitative research skills gap identified in policing •Ideal for serving officers and those about to embark on their policing or academic career •Build evidence-based learning skills •Excellent career opportunities in supervision, neighbourhood policing and analysis •A valuable foundation for progression to PhD Advanced Policing combines supervised independent research with specialist training in research methods and academic skills, while also helping students become aware of emerging approaches currently practiced in the discipline. Over the course of the programme you will be introduced to key developments in policing studies and given the skills necessary to produce a successful postgraduate research project. You will work individually with a supervisor throughout the year, as well as taking part in taught modules with fellow Policing Studies students and/or students from other disciplines/Faculties. In addition, you will be part of the wider research activities of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies. ​You will receive specialist supervision and study within a diverse community of fellow researchers. Staff are active in a wide range of fields including: Crime Prevention, GIS, People Trafficking, Public Order, Mental Health, Multi Agency and Partnership Working in the Public Sector, Computer Crime, Investigation, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism, Port Security, Risk Management and Education.

Entry requirements

Applicants for MSc Advanced Policing Studies will normally be expected to have a good first degree (2:2 or above) in Policing, Criminology, Criminal Justice or a related subject.

Applications are welcomed from highly motivated non-standard entry students with relevant experience, but without the necessary formal qualifications. Prospective applicants are advised to contact the Programme Leader for further information.

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core modules:

•Policing in Context

Gain insights into current policing, community safety and criminal justice priorities by exploring different perspectives that relate to policing, regulatory processes, professional values and ethics
•Advanced Research Skills

In preparation for your dissertation, this module introduces key epistemological and methodological issues that impact upon research into crime, security, community safety and criminal justice
•Evidence-informed Policy

Develop your critical appreciation and understanding of the capacity of evidence-based research to contribute to practice developments in policing and criminal justice

•Governance and Accountability

Examine legal, professional and political aspects of the governance structures that ensure an accountable police service
•Leadership

Examine leadership as a theoretical concept and interpret different perspectives of personal leadership in various settings and environments
•Ethics

Examine ethics within the operational context of policing and consider the differences and the similarities in the way that ethics are considered in a research setting
•Dissertation

Analyse and interpret an issue in your chosen field

Assessment methods

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars - all of which you are expected to attend. You will need to participate in online activities and discussions using our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

​Your tutors have a wide range of practical and academic policing-related experiences and are actively engaged in research, exploring innovative topics in policing, criminal justice and research. All of this experience and knowledge feeds directly into original and thought-provoking material for all the Policing Studies programmes taught in the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies.

The team is committed to ensuring you get the most out of your learning experience. They are available at set office times to meet you for one-to-one consultations to discuss course-related issues.

You will have a dedicated supervisor offering expert knowledge, guidance and support as you complete your dissertation.

Feedback will be available on the 15th working day after the submission date for a piece of work. That's because we believe that timely and constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.

​Assessment is based on a range of research tasks and projects reflecting the skills developed by the various modules.

We understand that all students have different strengths and preferences when it comes to assessments, so we use a variety of methods to assess your work structured across the academic year. Assessment methods include: academic essays; annotated bibliographies; reflective research exercises; position papers; exams; reports; case studies; portfolios; online blogs and wikis; workplace practice; posters; oral presentations (individual and group); debates; reviews; group work and the dissertation/research project.

You will normally receive extensive written feedback on your assessments, and occasional verbal feedback. All feedback is designed to help you achieve your full potential and get the most out of your studies, so staff will be available to discuss it with you and direct you to further support if you feel you need it.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time January 2017 - 1 years
MA Part-time January 2017 - 2 years

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Key information

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Course Enquiries
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0151 231 5090