University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Policing, Policy and Leadership (Distance Learning)

This course has been specifically designed for police officers and those in related occupations with an interest in securing or enhancing a role that requires knowledge and skills in policing, policy and management. You may apply your learning to your own organisation as part of the programme, which meets relevant occupational standards for the police and/or security organisations/services.

Entry requirements

A 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, applicants with strong relevant criminal justice experience will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in reading and writing components.

Course modules

Modules include: Policing communities; police leadership: policing, policy and partnerships; managing justice and security organisations; research methods and research management; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based upon a range of written assignments including essays, case study, a literature review and research proposal focused on your chosen project, and finally a 15,000-word dissertation. For each assignment full academic support is provided by an academic subject expert and you will be provided with academic supervisor once you have identified your dissertation subject area.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning £ 2,050 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Distance learning £ 2,050 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MSc Distance learning - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

Key information

Admissions Team, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Telephone number: 
023 9284 8299