MSc Policing and Criminal Investigation Liverpool John Moores University

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Website: http://https://uaf.ljmu.ac.uk/
Email: apsadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk
Tel: 0151 231 5175

MSc Policing and Criminal Investigation

Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies

Location: Liverpool


Full-time:             £5700 (cost based on 2017 fees and subject to annual increases)

Part-time:           £31.60 per credit

Duration: One year full-time, Two-years part-time

Website: https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/courses/postgraduates/policing-and-criminal-investigation

Email: apsadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

Tel: 0151 231 5175

Studying Policing and Criminal Investigation at LJMU will develop your skills and enhance your knowledge in work relating to crime victims and witnesses.

Whether your career aspirations lie in investigative work within the police service, within private security or with other public bodies such as the Inland Revenue and Trading Standards, this new MSc will develop your investigative skills and prepare you for career success. Working with crime victims and witnesses, you will explore the links between investigation, forensics and psychology.

The programme combines supervised independent research with specialist training in research methods and academic skills, while also helping students become aware of emerging approaches currently practiced in the discipline.

Over the course of the programme you will be introduced to key developments in policing studies and given the skills necessary to produce a successful postgraduate research project. You will work individually with a supervisor throughout the year, as well as taking part in taught modules with fellow Policing Studies students and/or students from other disciplines/Faculties. In addition, you will be part of the wider research activities of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies.

You will receive specialist supervision and study within a diverse community of fellow researchers. Staff are active in a wide range of fields including: Crime Prevention, GIS, People Trafficking, Public Order, Mental Health, Multi Agency and Partnership Working in the Public Sector, Computer Crime, Investigation, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism, Port Security, Risk Management and Education.

The Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies has significant expertise in the Policing sector and can thus provide supervision in a wide range of topics. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary methodologies. Our suite of Policing Studies qualifications are focused on developing the professionalisation agenda for policing and we work with the professional body, the College of Policing, as well as local policing organisations to ensure that course content is relevant and current.

Our notable areas of strength include:

  • Investigation of Complex and Serious Offences
  • Pro-active Investigation
  • Investigative Interviewing
  • Criminal Behaviour
  • Forensic and Medio-legal Death
  • Organised Crime
  • Terrorism
  • Intelligence and Security

The programme is specifically designed to address the skills gap identified by the police service in relation to quantitative research. Taught by lecturers with academic and professional backgrounds in policing and research, you will explore and engage with policing debates at national, international and transnational level. You will also be part of the new Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, the UK's first research centre devoted to supporting the needs of 21st century policing.

What will you study?

  • Policing in Context


Gain insights into current policing, community safety and criminal justice priorities by exploring different perspectives that relate to policing, regulatory processes, professional values and ethics


  • Advanced Research Skills


In preparation for your dissertation, this module introduces key epistemological and methodological issues that impact upon research into crime, security, community safety and criminal justice


  • Advanced Investigation Skills

Examine the administrative difficulties posited during a criminal investigation and the importance of investigative ethics

  • Forensic and Medicolegal Death

Discover core foundational concepts of criminal investigations, enabling you to understand, explain, analyse and evaluate causes, sustainment and consequences of processing a death scene

  • Forensic Cognition

Critically explore why offenders commit acts of sexual and physical violence by examining influential theories that have been developed to aid in investigating sexual/violent offences

  • Investigative Interviewing

Examine current practices, techniques and applications of police interviewing by being exposed to comparative international techniques in interviewing, interpretation of verbal and physical behaviour, causes of denial, deception and defensiveness


  • Dissertation


Analyse and interpret an issue in your chosen field


Entry requirements

Applicants for Policing and Criminal Investigation will normally be expected to have a good first degree (2:2 or above) in Policing, Criminology, Criminal Justice or a related subject.

Applications are welcomed from highly motivated non-standard entry students with relevant experience, but without the necessary formal qualifications. Prospective applicants are advised to contact the Programme Leader for further information.

HOW TO APPLY: Visit the LJMU website and complete the online application form: https://uaf.ljmu.ac.uk/

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