ProfDoc Doctor of Policing, Security and Criminal Justice

Start date(s)

September 2021

Study mode

3-7 years

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Home (full-time, per year): £6,750 £6,750

Home (part-time, per year): £3,375 £3,375

International (full-time, per year): £15,600 £15,600

International (part-time, per year): £7,800 £7,800

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About this course

LJMU's Prof. Doc. in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice enables practitioners and early career academics to reach the highest level of academic attainment.

  • An ideal programme of further study for serving or recently retired practitioners
  • 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 ​

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.

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.


Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

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.

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

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

The student experience

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core modules

Planning and Research in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice
30 credits

This module, designed with 'in-service' policing, military and criminal justice professionals in-mind, will enable you to produce your own proposed research project. It aims to:

  • provide you with the knowledge, skills, and qualified support to design, conduct and deliver a thesis explicitly focused on an area of your working practice
  • develop the ability plan and implement an agenda for research in an area of work-based practice
  • document and reflect upon the challenges of conducting work based research
  • produce critical commentary on what is required to complete a successful Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice

Thesis in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice
270 credits

This is the thesis module on the Professional Doctor of Policing, Security and Criminal Justice programme. The aim of this module is to capture the competencies needed for an original contribution to knowledge as an advanced practitioner in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice.

Reflection in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice
60 credits

This is the final module on the  programme. It is intended to prepare you for your future by closing the loop on your training, reflecting on your original plan and your experiences as well as looking toward your future practice. The module aims to demonstrate your ability to critically analyse, and reflect on that development and the decisions and choices that you have made during the thesis to become reflexive practitioners.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

You will be expected to have regular supervisory meetings, along with skills and research workshops throughout the course of the doctorate. Your timetable will be agreed with your supervisors and Director of Studies.

Teaching methods

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.

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To ensure you receive the best possible exposure to expertise, the Centre for Advanced Policing Studies holds regular masterclasses with practitioners from a wide spectrum of policing and security fields. As a doctoral candidate, you will be expected to attend masterclasses and participate/organise peer led learning events.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

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.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Daniel Silverstone

Prof Daniel Silverstone

Centre Director

Daniel’s main research interest is the study of organised crime and its policing. He is currently the Director of LCAPS and has conducted several research projects for a diverse range of central and local government bodies. This includes recent publications on the subjects of trafficking from Vietnam and the use of Body Worn Cameras within the City of London Police.

I have several completions as first supervisor and I am currently supervising PhD students researching several policing and organised crime issues.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based within the John Foster Building, in the Mount Pleasant Campus, the School of Humanities and Social Science has many outstanding facilities, including well-equipped IT Suites, a light-filled Student Common Room and dedicated postgraduate study areas. At the back of the John Foster Building is the Aldham Robarts Library, which gives access to an exceptional range of materials to support your studies.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • an appropriate, relevant Masters degree
  • a significant career history in Policing, Security and Criminal Justice professions

Additional information

  • IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in each component)
  • Pearson Pearson PTE Academic 64 (minimum 59 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact

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

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The Prof. Doc programme is listed as a postgraduate taught course in the 'Level of entry/Mode of study' dropdown in the online application form.

PhD Application Info

If you wish to enquire about making an application for a PhD or express your interest, please send a CV, brief personal statement and outline of your intended research proposal (no more than 500 words) to

The department can then discuss appropriate supervision. You may then be invited to make a full application or offered information about your potential application.

Should you then wish to make a full application please be aware of the following guidelines prior to submission.

Your application should include two main elements: a Personal Statement and a Research Proposal. We recommend the following structure:

1.    Personal Statement

Approx. 500 words to include:

a) Short paragraph on current role and responsibilities.

b) Main paragraph on CV highlights (‘greatest hits’).

c) Short paragraph on future aspirations including reason for the study and proposed location.

2.    Research Proposal

Approx. 1500 words to include:

a) Working Title of proposed research.

b) Research Aim(s) (maximum three aims).

c) Research Question.

d) Background Statement - paragraph including information on the research field.

e) Literature Review - paragraph highlighting exemplars in relation to the proposed field of study.

f) Methods - paragraph including information on the proposed mode of study e.g. practice-led or thesis only.

g) Proposed Structure - in bullet point form (typically three bullet points will suffice at this stage).

h) Indicative Bibliography - including approx. 10 publications.

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