Leadership of Policing

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MSc

Key facts

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, distance learning
Study option:
Part-time, distance learning
Duration:
13 Months
Duration:
2 Years
Start date:
26 September 2022

Distance Learning

Flexible study designed to fit around work or other commitments.

Outstanding Research Impact

87% of our research impact is recognised as “very considerable” or “outstanding" (Research Excellence Framework 2021)

Lead the force

Stimulate, support and encourage new or alternative ways of thinking about approaches.

Whether you’re already working in policing and wish to operate in a more strategic role or are developing your skill base to support your future policing career ambitions, our MSc in Leadership of Policing offers significant personal and professional development opportunities.

This programme goes beyond traditional public sector programmes and equips participants with the knowledge and skills to adapt and lead in the complex operating environments challenging 21st century policing practice and policy.

You’ll enjoy the flexibility of distance learning while connecting with your fellow candidates who bring with them a range of different experiences. You’ll be encouraged to use digital platforms for a weekly programme of study with regular support from our experts and the opportunity to debate key subjects with your peers.

The course is taught and assessed entirely online, giving you the freedom to study anytime, anywhere. There is an excellent blend of policing and academic experience to fully support you in your studies.

This programme goes beyond traditional public sector programmes and equips participants with the knowledge and skills to adapt and lead in the complex operating environments challenging 21st century policing practice and policy.

You’ll enjoy the flexibility of distance learning while connecting with your fellow candidates who bring with them a range of different experiences. You’ll be encouraged to use digital platforms for a weekly programme of study with regular support from our experts and the opportunity to debate key subjects with your peers.

The course is taught and assessed entirely online, giving you the freedom to study anytime, anywhere. There is an excellent blend of policing and academic experience to fully support you in your studies.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Leadership of Policing

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Leadership of Policing

Course content

Your course is made up of a variety of core modules that work to improve expertise in the broader aspects of leadership in the police force, while giving you the option to specialise in specific areas through optional modules, depending on your interests or identified career needs.

Core modules will elevate your foundational knowledge of policing to an expert level, including modules in Ethical Policing and Organisational Legitimacy, 21st Century Police Leadership and Strategy and Applied Research in Policing. Your optional modules will give you the chance to explore avenues of interest to build your career skillset, including Diplomacy in Historical Focus, Change Leadership, Terrorism in the 21st Century, and more.

Your course will culminate in a final dissertation, negotiated with your tutor around your career aspirations and expertise.

Your course is made up of a variety of core modules that work to improve expertise in the broader aspects of leadership in the police force, while giving you the option to specialise in specific areas through optional modules, depending on your interests or identified career needs.

Core modules will elevate your foundational knowledge of policing to an expert level, including modules in Ethical Policing and Organisational Legitimacy, 21st Century Police Leadership and Strategy and Applied Research in Policing. Your optional modules will give you the chance to explore avenues of interest to build your career skillset, including Diplomacy in Historical Focus, Change Leadership, Terrorism in the 21st Century, and more.

Your course will culminate in a final dissertation, negotiated with your tutor around your career aspirations and expertise.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
21St Century Police Leadership And Strategy 20 credits
Evidence Based Policing 20 credits
Show 4 optional modules

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
21St Century Police Leadership And Strategy 20 credits
Evidence Based Policing 20 credits
Show 4 optional modules

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or significant appropriate work experience.

A 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or significant appropriate work experience.

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Careers

After completing the MSc Police Leadership, you’ll be equipped with the critical and reflective skills, as well as a range of other transferable skills, that are attractive to employers. These can be adapted to a range of professions including, but not limited to:

  • Policing organisations
  • Criminal Justice organisations
  • Office of Police and Crime Commissioners
  • National, Foreign or Defence Ministries
  • Armed Forces
  • Security Services
  • International or Regional organisations

Alternatively, if you wish to develop your dissertation further, you will be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

All students have access to Career Connect, our dedicated careers team.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

As a distance learning student you will be expected to study independently, but the content of the modules will be provided in a structured manner to support you through the material and to prepare you for your assessments. Support will be available when you need it and you can contact your tutor by phone, email or in person.

Our teaching is delivered through our Virtual Learning Environments. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are and whenever works for your. This includes notes, recorded presentations, activities and discussion forums, where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.

As a distance learning student you will be expected to study independently, but the content of the modules will be provided in a structured manner to support you through the material and to prepare you for your assessments. Support will be available when you need it and you can contact your tutor by phone, email or in person.

Our teaching is delivered through our Virtual Learning Environments. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are and whenever works for your. This includes notes, recorded presentations, activities and discussion forums, where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.

Assessment

During your course you will undertake two different types of assessments, informal assessments (also known as formative) and formal (also known as summative). Your formative assessments are designed to enhance your engagement with the taught content of your modules and to prepare you for your summative assessments. They also provide you with the opportunity to receive feedback on your progress. Your summative assessments contribute towards your final grade and degree classification and will assess you based on the learning outcomes of your modules.

Your summative assessments could include a combination of written assignments, contributions to discussion boards, critical reviews, digital poster presentations and dissertations.

During your course you will undertake two different types of assessments, informal assessments (also known as formative) and formal (also known as summative). Your formative assessments are designed to enhance your engagement with the taught content of your modules and to prepare you for your summative assessments. They also provide you with the opportunity to receive feedback on your progress. Your summative assessments contribute towards your final grade and degree classification and will assess you based on the learning outcomes of your modules.

Your summative assessments could include a combination of written assignments, contributions to discussion boards, critical reviews, digital poster presentations and dissertations.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our Student Inclusion Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that feedback is very important for you to be able to gauge your progress and to enable you to achieve your potential. To ensure that you can benefit from regular feedback, your tutors will provide a combination of written and verbal feedback, on both an individual and general assessment level.

We usually give you feedback on your formative assessments within 20 working days, but the format for the feedback will vary for each module.

We know that feedback is very important for you to be able to gauge your progress and to enable you to achieve your potential. To ensure that you can benefit from regular feedback, your tutors will provide a combination of written and verbal feedback, on both an individual and general assessment level.

We usually give you feedback on your formative assessments within 20 working days, but the format for the feedback will vary for each module.

For each of your taught modules, you will have specific sessions delivered through our online learning platforms. These engaging and interactive sessions will enable you to benefit from the expertise of our teaching staff and will signpost you to supplementary resources to support the content of the module. These sessions will also be recorded, so you can access the learning material at any time, giving you the freedom to study anywhere and anytime.

In addition to the module content, you will also be able to arrange online meetings with your tutors and dissertation supervisor, to review your progress on the course, to clarify module content, to provide support for assessments and to receive feedback on your work. The practice based element of this course also lends itself to peer to peer learning through formal and informal contact with fellow learners.

For each of your taught modules, you will have specific sessions delivered through our online learning platforms. These engaging and interactive sessions will enable you to benefit from the expertise of our teaching staff and will signpost you to supplementary resources to support the content of the module. These sessions will also be recorded, so you can access the learning material at any time, giving you the freedom to study anywhere and anytime.

In addition to the module content, you will also be able to arrange online meetings with your tutors and dissertation supervisor, to review your progress on the course, to clarify module content, to provide support for assessments and to receive feedback on your work. The practice based element of this course also lends itself to peer to peer learning through formal and informal contact with fellow learners.

Staff

We are a research-active department with internationally recognised expertise. This provides our students not only with world-class subject experts, but with considerable levels of research-informed teaching and pedagogical experience as well.

The curriculum design of this Masters is structured around core modules which have been developed to reflect the key requirements of the subject discipline of Leadership in Policing as well as the research expertise of each staff member contributing to the delivery of the course.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake your dissertation under the supervision of our expert staff, which provides you an excellent chance to tailor your degree to your area of interest.

James Holyoak

Senior Lecturer

After a full career in policing, Jim has used his leadership and experience to develop higher education within the Policing sector. He is actively involved in police related research and further developing learning in respect of policing leadership.

James's profile

Dr Moses Amagnya

Lecturer

Dr Amagnya is a criminologist and interdisciplinary researcher and is interested in how corruption, social norms, perceptions of justice/fairness and feelings of trust influences people’s attitudes and behaviour towards the law and public officials.

Moses's profile

Jane Sawyers

Associate Professor

I am a Lecturer in Policing, specialising in Strategic Leadership, Strategic and Operational Command in Policing and Misconduct Investigation. I am a former Police Officer, having served in both uniform and plain clothes in a wide variety of rol…

Jane's profile

Dr John Lamb

Senior Lecturer

John's research expertise focuses on areas including counter terrorism, radicalization, intelligence services and use of force by state officials. His PhD examined policing, national security and the implementation of PREVENT in the West Midlands.

John's profile

Paul Blewitt

Lecturer

I have a background in UK policing, serving in the cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham.

Paul's profile

Fees

For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc-Full-time, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £8,245 per course £15,000 per course

For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc Part-time, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Part-time £8,235 per course £8,235 per course

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the alumni discount page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact feesandbursaries@staffs.ac.uk.

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

As a Staffordshire University student, you’ll be entitled to a range of free software programs.

As a Staffordshire University student, you’ll be entitled to a range of free software programs.

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:
  • Text books are available from the library and online resources, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs
  • Any optional field trips
  • Text books are available from the library and online resources, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs
  • Any optional field trips
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,570 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options; part-time, full-time and distance learning. 

For more information and how to apply visit masters loan.

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Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus MSc Full-time, distance learning 26 September 2022 Apply now

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