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Postgraduate study

Course overview

The underlying philosophy of the MSc Evidence-Based Policing is to enable policing graduates (and those who have a degree in another discipline), and professionals already working within the police or other relevant agencies, to continue your professional, educational and personal development by consolidating, enhancing and extending your disciplinary expertise, experience, professional ethics and abilities.

You acquire and develop recognised subject-specific knowledge and understanding, and cognitive, intellectual, practical, professional and generic key skills and qualities. The overall aim of the course is to enable you to effectively plan, manage and evaluate your own learning to become independent life-long learners. High levels of personal responsibility and self-direction require you to work with complex knowledge, theory and concepts appropriate to postgraduate study.

Expert knowledge from both academics and practitioners in the field of policing and practice underpins your learning experience. You gain a deep theoretical knowledge of evidence-based policing and transferable skills, which will benefit your workplace impact and/or prepare you for further study.

* Subject to University approval


Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Comparative Policing

You examine the policing systems in the UK, Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, and the law enforcement agencies in place to assist the investigation of local, regional, national and transnational policing.

Contemporary Issues within Policing

This module addresses many of the issues that have shaped the modern practice of policing in recent times. It traces the way in which landmark events have served to mould the daily practice of policing, and the implications that these have for police delivery.

Evidence-Based Policing Dissertation

You?consolidate all your learning, incorporating the development of your awareness and skills relevant to research and evaluation. You explore, in detail,?a specific aspect of policing, and integrate, synthesise and critique information gained for your research-based?dissertation.

Evidence-Based Research and Problem Solving

You develop critical understanding, knowledge and practical skills on how to conduct evidence-based research that informs problem-solving including the theoretical underpinnings and ethical considerations needed when designing research.

Strategic Leadership

You gain the requisite knowledge and understanding of strategic leadership within the policing environment, enabling you to perform effectively in professional roles.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The course modules ensure you acquire relevant subject knowledge, develop a wide range of transferable skills, and to think about the ethical considerations relevant to all aspects of communication.

Digital learning methods are used to enhance group work, deliver presentations and complete formative and summative assessment. You are encouraged to make use of the support, software and applications available to through Student Futures, the Digital Toolkit and training courses via the University website.

Typically, the taught sessions are delivered through seminars, discussions and the virtual learning environment (VLE).

You have opportunities to work alongside current and serving officers within Cleveland Police, and the academic staff involved in the University’s Policing Clinic.

How you are assessed

Formative assessment
Formative work/assessments are given as an aid to learning. Feedback is provided to assist you in preparation for summative assessments.

Summative assessment
Summative assessments refer to work that is assessed and graded which counts towards your award. You receive feedback on these assessments and you should consider how that feedback can help you with other work you complete.

For many of the core modules and the Evidence-Based Policing Dissertation, you decide on your assessment questions after consultation and agreement with tutors. This leads to assessments focused on your area of interest and promotes autonomy and responsibility for learning. It enables you to engage with problems that employers are interested in solving.

Our assessments help you develop essential skills to work successfully at postgraduate level, as well as for continuing professional roles and lifelong learning. Your work is assessed in a variety of ways, including:
• individual presentations
• reflective practice
• research proposal
• written assignments
• dissertation.


Entry requirements

Normally at least a 2.2 honours degree in professional policing or a related subject. We also consider applications from serving police officers, with more than five years’ professional experience. You may be invited for an interview to determine suitability.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements



Career opportunities

Police, Criminal Justice Agencies, Management.



2022/23 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£6,100 a year

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2022/23 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£680 for each 20 credits

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