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Advanced Policing Studies PhD/MPhil

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £4,525
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £2,265
International full time annual tuition fee: Full-time £13,250, Part-time £6,625

Course type




Centre for Advanced Policing Studies

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

With an increasing demand for new research in policing, criminal justice, security and related fields, the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies offers excellent postgraduate research opportunities to complement the Centre's multi-disciplinary agenda and impact-led teaching.

  • ​Join an ambitious School and student/staff body known for its impactful and sector-leading research
  • Explore the availability of research scholarships
  • Experience expert supervision from former serving officers, practitioners and leading academics
  • Receive research training and opportunities to communicate research within and outside the University
  • Benefit from excellent facilities and great multi-discipline connections

Until the end of July 2018, MPhil fees for this programme will be:
Home full-time annual tuition fee: £4,300
Home part-time annual tuition fee: £2,150
International full-time annual tution fee: £11,630
International part-time annual tution fee: £5,830

Quoted fees for 2018/2019 relate to programmes starting from 1st August 2018.

Introduction to the School

Established in 2015, the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies (LCAPS) has a wealth of professional, practical and academic experience. LCAPS uses this experience to conduct research and provide training within the fields of policing, crime prevention and allied security professions.

​LCAPS brings together research-active staff from across the University. This multi-disciplinary approach means LCAPS researchers specialise in a range of distinct areas: Policing Studies; Criminal Justice; Criminology; Forensic Computing; Intelligence, Organised Crime, Policing, Police Leadership, Public Health; Urban Affairs; Law and Cybercrime.

​The Centre also carries out work within the following research areas: terrorist studies, counter terrorism, child protection, child sexual exploitation, hate crime, crime prevention and reduction, human trafficking and maritime security.

Why study this course at LJMU?

The Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies' research agenda is themed around a number of dynamic research clusters which reflect the primary and secondary interests of our staff

​Current research activities are themed around the following research clusters:

  • Data science
  • Cyber security
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Forensic science
  • Identity, governance and ethics
  • Professional development and knowledge exchange
  • Transnational and public order policing
  • Urban intelligence and informatics
  • Victimology and criminal investigation

​Our research clusters enable us to engage in the co-creation of knowledge alongside industry stakeholders. We do this by addressing contemporary issues within policing and broader human security domains. In addition to this, our research initiatives and aspirations enable us to hit relevant Research Councils UK targets.

Programme outline and structure

Your programme route will depend on your qualifications and experience. Most students complete their PhD via progression from MPhil.

​You can study for an MPhil full time over one or two years or part time over two to four years. Progressing from an MPhil (and including MPhil registration), you can study for a PhD full time over 33 to 48 months or part time over 45 to 84 months. If you are taking a direct route PhD, you can study full time over two to three years or part time over three to six years.

Student support

The University offers a comprehensive induction programme and a varied programme of generic skills training opportunities. You will be allocated up to three supervisors (including a Director of Studies) who will work with you during your research. Throughout your studies, you will also have the support of LJMU’s Graduate School which offers expert advice and guidance to those enrolled on MPhil and PhD programmes.

What you will study on this degree

Specific research-related training needs are identified on an individual basis.

​You can study topics such as:

  • Advanced Presentation Skills
  • Applying for Ethical Approval
  • How to be an Effective Researcher
  • Poster Presentation/Design

  • ​Postgraduate Employability Skills
  • Project Management
  • Writing Skills including Creative Planning for Writing your Thesis
  • Surviving the Viva
  • Speed Reading

How will I be assessed?

You can progress from MPhil to PhD, via a written and oral assessment in Year 2 (full time students) or Year 3 (part time students)

​The PhD requires:

  • competence in conducting an independent enquiry
  • competence in the use of appropriate research methods and techniques
  • you to be at the forefront of understanding your specialist topic
  • an original, personal contribution to the understanding of a problem, the advancement of knowledge or the generation of new ideas

Staff research interests

The Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies has staff who deliver programmes and research in a broad range of interconnecting fields, including: International Relations, Security Studies, Criminology, Criminal and International Law, and Criminal Justice Studies.

​Listed below are key staff from the Liverpool Centre of Policing Studies who can influence your reseach and could become supervisors of your PhD proposal. You will however have access to a far wider pool of supervisors if necessary.

Dr Matthew Millings

  • Evidence-based Policing
  • Policing of diversities
  • Management of high risk offenders

Professor Jon Murphy

  • Leadership
  • Organised crime
  • Investigations

Dr Heather Panter

  • Criminal Investigations
  • Crime Scene Processing / Investigations
  • Critical and Applied Criminology
  • American Criminal Justice
  • Pre and Post-Blast Bomb Investigations
  • Gender and Police Cultures

Dr Elizabeth Peatfield

  • Radicalisation of Islamic Actors
  • Hate Crimes

Dr Daniel Silverstone

  • Organised crime
  • Gangs and illegal firearm use
  • Intelligence analysis
  • Qualitative research

Entry requirements (Home)

​If you are applying for an MPhil or an MPhil/PhD you should normally have, or be expecting to obtain, a first or upper second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject.

If you are applying for a PhD direct you must:

  • have a Masters degree with a research dissertation in a relevant subject
  • have had research training directly related to the PhD project

If you have qualifications other than those above, your application will be considered individually on merit. Appropriate research and previous experience will be taken into account.

Application process

  • Complete and submit your application using this online form
  • You will receive an acknowledgement
  • Your application will be considered by the Admissions Tutor
  • We will take up your academic references
  • You may need to provide further information or attend an interview
  • You will be informed if your application has been successful and will find out about any conditions of acceptance

Entry requirements (International)

Besides standard qualifications, international students must also have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent). Please check specific requirements with your School before applying.

Due to Visa restrictions, international students may only study in the UK on a full time basis. However, you may be able to undertake a part time research degree in your home country and travel to LJMU for campus-based research for a short period each year. Please contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for further details.

To obtain a Tier 4 Visa for full time study in the UK, you will need to show evidence that the money to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your Visa application. For more details, see our international website.

Will I be interviewed?



6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Financial Support

​Securing funding can be one of the main hurdles you face when considering postgraduate research. However, help is available. LJMU has a team of fees and funding experts who can offer advice based on your personal circumstances. You can contact them on 0151 904 6056/6057 or via

You may also wish to contact the School of Law direct about locally available funding opportunities.

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

​Studying for a postgraduate research degree enhances your employability in a number of ways.

​Studying for a postgraduate research degree enhances your employability in a number of ways.

As well as enabling you to focus on your specific areas of interest and expand your subject knowledge ready for employment in your chosen sector, a postgraduate research qualification enables you to take charge of your career path by demonstrating your contribution to an area of knowledge. It enhances your self-confidence and showcases your ability to work independently and ‘go it alone’.

According to a report by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), more than a quarter of graduates felt that their employment prospects were increased by their PG qualification. And when it comes to earnings, those with a postgrad qualification have been shown to earn an average of 24% more than those who leave education with an undergraduate degree.

​Some postgraduate research students are already in full time employment when they begin their studies, whilst others are recent graduates looking to extend their research capabilities and subject expertise.

A good proportion of our students return to their existing roles with enhanced career prospects, others move on to further study or take up teaching roles in universities and other educational establishments.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
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