Masters | Postgraduate Course - Policing MSc Course Details within University College London

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Tel: 020 3108 3046
Course Fees
Tuition Fees (2018/19) UK/EU:£12,150 (FT) N/A (PT) Overseas:£25,880 (FT) N/A (PT)
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UCL Department of Security and Crime Science
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Policing MSc

Study Details

MSc Full time: 1 year Flexible: up to 5 years Distance learning: available

The MSc in Policing is aimed at police and law enforcement professionals wishing to become future leaders and managers. The focus is on providing an evidence-based approach to address modern challenges of policing diverse communities and dealing with transnational organised crime, terrorism, cybercrime and evolving security threats, while upholding principles of procedural justice to increase police legitimacy and public confidence.

Is this course for you?

We recommend this option for those that can study full time for a year, or those that wish to study flexibly but have the realistic capacity to devote regular time to their studies. Students undertaking these courses produce a piece of original research in the form of a dissertation, which is rewarding, but time-consuming.

Module details

Core modules

  • Ethical Policing
  • Foundations of Security and Crime Science
  • Police and the Public
  • Models of Policing for Crime Reduction
  • Quantitative Methods or Designing and Doing Research (you will take one of these)
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Students choose three of the following:

  • Investigation and Detection
  • Intelligence Gathering and Analysis
  • Management Skills for Police Leaders
  • Perspectives on Organised Crime
  • Perspectives on Terrorism
  • Prevention and Disruption
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • Cybercrime
  • Hotspot Policing


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for admission should be serving police and law enforcement officers or security professionals and have, or expect to obtain before entry, a lower second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. criminology, psychology, sociology, law, geography or hard science) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates who have at least five years' relevant professional experience are also eligible. In exceptional circumstances, students who do not fulfil these requirements may be considered.

Student Destinations

The programme will enable students to gain the skills to conduct rigorous analysis, use evidence-based approaches and develop a scientific approach as well as the ability to make sound policy decisions, and to become leaders in modern police forces. Graduates who are serving police officers will gain analytical and other critical skills to progress in their current career. It is likely to lead to further future careers opportunities in:

•law enforcement
•security industry related companies
•government policy advisory roles
•strategic advisors to government and security agencies.