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Doctor of Policing, Security and Criminal Justice

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £6,500
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £3,250 per annum
International full time annual tuition fee: £6,500

Course type



Centre for Advanced Policing Studies

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

The Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University enables practitioners, professional services and early career academics to reach the highest level of academic attainment.

  • An ideal programme of further study for serving or recently retired practitioners
  • Enables you to write a thesis on an original topic of your choosing, making a contribution to knowledge and professional practice
  • Select supervisory experience from scholars right across the university, ensuring first class support and fulfilment
  • Reflect on how practice and academia can combine and develop new insight and knowledge
  • Learn from experienced professionals, practitioners and academics ​

In my experience as a supervisor and examiner of several successful professional doctorates, I believe this programme will provide the vehicle for original and profound work which will improve the professional lives of not only students but their colleagues too.

​Dr Daniel Silverstone, Director of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies

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 Cyber Crime.

​​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 Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice will appeal to a wide variety of professionals who want to share their professional practice and expertise with fellow students.

The doctorate will enable you to contribute to the development of your discipline (be that Policing Studies, Security Studies, Criminology or Criminal Justice) and professional practice in your area.

You will join a cohort of students with similar motivations and a range of research interests and will contribute your original research and knowledge to this fast-moving field. This collaborative approach will create a collegiate environment, making the pursuit of your doctorate and the production of your thesis a far from solitary experience.

As security and policing challenges evolve, experienced practitioners much be in touch with the latest research in their area of expertise and feel confident in challenging those who set themselves up as experts in these areas. This qualification will empower you to reach the required level of knowledge and expertise.

Programme outline and structure

The Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice aims to produce well-informed, ethically reflective and professionally-competent practitioners who have a sophisticated and crucial academic understanding of wider policing and security theories and issues.

The programme will enable you to develop advanced skills and competencies in designing, conducing, evaluating and presenting research relevant to a range of related areas.

On graduation, you will be able to disseminate the results of your research with a view to contributing to the debate or influencing policy and practice. The course aims to enhance the development of reflective practice through discussion and networking with others who may be working in different sectors of criminal justice, security and the policing sector.

At the end of your course you will feel confident enough to make an original contribution to the status of police studies, security studies and criminology as a discipline, through the advancement of your knowledge and professional practice.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core modules:

  • Planning and Research in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice

A preparatory phase for development and planning of your thesis, this module focuses on the provision of a viable proposal and covers key research methodologies

  • Thesis in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice

Your thesis will be subject to viva examination by internal and external examiners

  • Reflection in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice

Running alongside the thesis and included within it, this module involves student insights and their reflections on how the thesis has improved them as practitioners

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment varies according to the stage (unit) of the doctorate.

In the first unit you will be assessed on your ability to meet a range of agreed learning outcomes, demonstrated through the development of a series of assignments, including a presentation and essay.

This first unit will assess your capacity for professional development, review of knowledge and skills relating to the use of advanced research techniques.

Before proceeding to stage two, the work submitted for this module will be assessed and the credit awarded in accordance with the Academic Framework.

Assessment of the 30 credit Planning Module will include a short report. This will seek to justify the rationale for the project activities planned within the Doctoral Phase, indicating how each project is to be undertaken, describing the significant milestones to be achieved and including the completed learning agreement/research proposal for the whole Doctoral Phase.

​The Investigative project and reflective module are assessed by viva voce examination of the thesis. The reflective module is there to ensure that students become effective research practitioners. They are able to reflect on their practice and therefore are able to see how academic work improves their professional learning and the practice of their organisations.

The investigative project module and reflective module will be approved as suitable for submission for viva voce examination by the supervisory team.

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 will be delivering the research module and assisting with the supervision of your doctorate. As a Professional Doctorate candidate on this course, however, you will have access to a far wider pool of supervisors.

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)

Those with an appropriate and relevant Masters degree (normally an MSc) may enter the programme at Doctoral level.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be awarded following confirmation that the modules studied and the desired learning outcomes in the Masters programme were achieved. Applicants are also expected to demonstrate a significant career of service within Policing, Security and Criminal Justice professions.


7.0 (Minimum of 6.5 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

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 Humanities and Social Science direct about locally available funding opportunities.

Graduate employment

​A great opportunity to develop a truly collaborative and original body of work.

This Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice will enable you to contribute to research in new areas and to collaborate further with employers; in so doing you will engage in an exchange of knowledge and practice at the highest level.

Through this programme you will achieve formal recognition and accreditation of your professional development and a raised professional profile both within, and perhaps beyond, your organisation.

Your activities will also enhance your personal and professional capabilities for the future.

It is anticipated that most, if not all students, will be currently employed within Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice Agencies. Successful completion of the programme will have a transformative impact on your professional practice. What's more, your employer will be involved in the project planning process and the implementation of project outcomes within your organisation, and will be able to collaborate with leading academics.

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.

LJMU will be offering a range of prestigious international scholarships for students enrolling at the University from September 2016 onwards. These scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and will be awarded to outstanding students accepted onto undergraduate courses, taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees. The scholarships are available in 2016 to self-funding applicants who have accepted an offer to study at LJMU. In order to be considered for these scholarships, you must also complete an additional online scholarship application form. Please visit the international pages for more details.

A Bursary will be available for students who must complete the English for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their undergraduate degree at the University. This Bursary takes the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this Bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this Bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

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

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 ( or email: 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 £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 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 £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.

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 Highly Trusted 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:

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team ( 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

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