Police leaders today have to operate in a transparent, ethical and highly accountable arena - where their decisions are often scrutinised by politicians, the media and the general public. Our new MSc in Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation aims to fill a gap in provision for individuals with high potential and the capacity to shape the future of the profession.
Meeting 21st century priorities
This exciting course offers a unique combination of the latest business and management thinking, criminology and social sciences - all applied to the complex challenges of contemporary policing. It has been launched at a time of calls for greater public accountability, the growing importance of community partnerships and, in some quarters, a crisis of confidence in the integrity of police services.
You´ll normally need an appropriate undergraduate degree 2:2 or above. We´ll also accept students with significant experience through work or voluntary engagement in the justice sector or those who are professionally qualified to work in the justice sector at a graduate stage or above.
The course is made up of three stages - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc. There may be the option of a practical placement, subject to numbers and security clearance.
You’ll study these modules:
Policing and Accountability
You’ll examine the complex political, legal, financial and operational challenges of working with local and national government and the community as stakeholders. This module explores the relationship with democratic and regulatory bodies as well as the strategies that secure police independence, the rule of law and due process in a society which aims to reflect liberal values such as representation, civil liberties, free expression and accountability. There is also a focus on business, political and economic measures for practical engagement with oversight authorities, the courts and government.
Policing and Organisational Transformation
You’ll consider the changes needed for reorientation of policing organisations to meet 21st century priorities, including the move towards community partnerships and proactive problem-solving. This module addresses the role of the police as facilitators, leaders and enablers, with a broader look at strategic planning, policy development and organisational transparency, including political accountability through Police and Crime Commissioners. You’ll look at logistical issues of resourcing and deployment, with personnel, training and development placed within the context of best practice in strategic human resources. You’ll also explore issues centred on ICT systems and data.
Applied Research in Criminal Justice Systems
This module will equip you with the practical techniques to engage in postgraduate academic research and in real-world studies which support organisational analysis and improvement.
You’ll study this module:
Partnerships and Policing
You’ll develop advanced skills in multi-agency and inter-agency working and explore the situation of policing within the network of social, private sector and public organisations. You will also consider the tools required to build, develop and maximise partner relationships in addressing criminal activity. Public sector interactions and the challenges of inter-agency working, data sharing and organisational culture will be explored, together with contractual considerations through the use of case studies. In addition, this module enables you to examine the role of the media as partners in crime prevention and public engagement and the opportunities now presented through social media.
What Works in Policing
You’ll handle and critique live research case studies conducted in the field, examining and exploring the emerging findings and results so that you can identify what works within the policing arena. This module directly supports the police professionalisation agenda and acknowledges that police leaders, along with other public sector providers, are increasingly being asked to account for their utilisation of resources. The critical importance of research, monitoring and evaluation frameworks in operational decision-making will be examined in depth.
You’ll also choose one optional module from the following list :
Policing and Criminal Investigation Across the World - presenting a comprehensive analysis of various criminal justice systems throughout the world to explore which policing, investigation, deterrents and correction methods are most ‘effective.’
Cyber Crime 1: Evidence and Digital Investigation - examining the nature of crimes committed on the internet and the legalities surrounding the investigation of such crimes, including recovery of evidence from hardware and digital storage media.
Cyber Crime 2: Investigation and Prosecution of Cybercrime - exploring how to address trans-national cybercrime in an era when the internet enables organised crime groups to plan their activities in different jurisdictions and target victims in many others.
Financial Investigation Models - offering a comprehensive and systematic critique of current systems of financial investigation and how to engage lawful and professional investigations to achieve effective outcomes.
Criminal Investigation 1: Principles of Investigation - focusing on how practitioners carry out investigations, including intelligence and evidence gathering, at a time when important scientific and technological developments have had a considerable impact on practice.
Investigating Serious Crime - an opportunity to critically analyse the impact of police investigative practices on serious and complex crime such as homicide, with particular focus on the investigative interviewing of suspects.
Investigating Sexual Offences - covering the threats presented by sexual offenders in both the real and virtual worlds and evaluating the law enforcement responses used by diverse agencies to investigate, monitor and manage sexual offences.
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Independent Studies in Policing
You’ll propose a realistic research issue within the context of policing, criminology or the criminal justice sector. You’ll then plan its execution, demonstrating a critical awareness of relevant literature and theories. You’ll be supervised by an Independent Studies Supervisor who can assist you during each stage of the process from selecting your topic and researching the context to presenting your findings.
At a time when recruitment to senior roles in the police is changing, this MSc provides an excellent professional development route. For ambitious police professionals - in the UK and overseas - the qualification will not only showcase their knowledge and abilities but also accelerate their career progress. It provides a vital next step for those who have developed general business and leadership skills but need to operate in a higher profile context.
The course will also act as an important stepping stone for middle or senior managers in other sectors who are keen to move into police leadership. In addition, it will help graduates in subjects such as criminology or business to build an impressive CV and prepare for managerial roles in policing, security or related fields.
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