Professional Doctorate in Policing, Crime and Security

The Professional Doctorate in Policing, Crime and Security (DPCS) is a structured, four-year, part-time programme targeted towards criminal justice and security professionals in the UK and overseas. It comprises a taught phase delivered through a small number of workshops on campus over the first two years, with online seminars in between, and then two years of supervised research leading to a thesis. Our professional doctorate programme is aimed at experienced practitioners working in a professional context, placing an emphasis on developing 'researching professionals', as distinct from the more common PhD route which is intended to develop professional researchers. It provides a framework for criminal justice and security professionals to reflect on and inform practice in their area of work through original research in the field.

Course syllabus:

  1. Professionalism in Social Context

  2. Evaluating Data in the Professions

  3. Policing Issues in the Contemporary Society

  4. Connecting Research and Practice

  5. Methods of Professional Inquiry

  6. Preventing Crime: Applying Local, National and International Practices

  7. Original Piece of Research and 40,000 Word Thesis