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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

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Course type

MPhil

PhD

School

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 Yarin Eski

  • Ethnographic Research
  • Maritime Security
  • Arms-trade and Criminology

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?

​Yes

IELTS

6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Pearson

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

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes


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 studentadvice@ljmu.ac.uk

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

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 Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

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.
Further guidance on programme changes

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