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Christ Church’s course develops knowledge in leadership critical to the success of any police reform


Canterbury Christ Church University's MSc in Applied Policing Practice reflects many of the key contemporary issues and themes which shape contemporary British policing and police leadership. The course is flexible allowing exploration of a range of policing problems that students may have identified in the workplace. It supports knowledge development and identification of the best available evidence to examine contemporary policing challenges.

The MSc Applied Policing Practice addresses the needs of police leaders looking to enhance their career progression, by enabling them to study and address real organisational and policing issues which impact on them and their work which channels their passions”

Dr Perry Stanislas, Course Director

The development of skills to assist problem solving, particularly for leaders, is a consistent theme of the course and illustrated in the emphasis on critical report writing, the use of reflective practice, research proposals and, learning quantitative and qualitative research techniques. The course provides space and the context for students to critically think about existing police practice and identify and explore new ways of approaching policing challenges facilitated by the course modules.

Students are expected to carry out an original and significant piece of independent research with the support of a dedicated supervisor which contributes to the final award of the MSc and helps develop an area of professional expertise with import for individual career development and increases their employing organisations specialist capacity.

Who should take this course?

The course has been designed for serving police officers, police staff, and people engaged with volunteering to support criminal justice and victims support agencies. Suitable candidates must hold an 2:2 honours undergraduate degree. Alumni students may apply for a 20% alumni discount (subject to conditions)

The Course Structure

The course is 180 credits in total, and its contents are structured into five modules which are challenging but provides students with sufficient time to derive the greatest benefit from them.

The modules are:

First year: Evidence Based Interventions (40 Credits)

                   Research Methods (20 Credits)

                   Organisation, Development and Leadership (40 Credits)

Second Year: Action Research (20 Credits)

                      Dissertation (40 Credits)

The course is organised around the suitability and needs of working police officers and the teaching staff are particularly sensitive to the various demand this can place on students. Content delivery takes place on four study weekends each year which are held from Friday to Saturday and evening online classes.

Course Assessments

The assessments are entirely coursework based with no timed examinations.

Course Director

This is a fantastic course that was both challenging and rewarding. I would highly recommend it for anyone within policing looking to deepen and develop their understanding.”

Dan Card, Metropolitan Police Officer

The course is led by Dr Perry Stanislas who has over 30 years’ experience in the policing field and a specialist in international policing. He started his career as a security officer for a major international political organisation responsible for the protection of high-profile leaders, where he worked around the world before joining Bedfordshire Police for 13 years. Perry was a Senior Lecturer in policing at Demontfort University for 13 years before moving to the Middle East, where he was an Associate Professor in Policing and Security at Rabdan Academy in Abu Dabi before joining Canterbury Christ Church University. 

The Policing team

We have a large and experienced policing team at Canterbury Christ Church University and have several active supervisors with various expertise in policing. The team consists of a combination of experienced former police practitioners and researchers who together constitute a significant body of expertise which helps to inform research and teaching.

Virtual Open Evening

If you would like to know more about the MSc Applied Policing Practice, come along to our Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 24 February, 6-8pm. We will also be holding an on campus postgraduate event in April.

Visit the MSc Applied Policing Practice course page for more information and to apply.



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