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Evidence-Informed Practice (Criminal Justice and Policing)

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: N/A
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £33.25 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: N/A

Course type



Centre for Advanced Policing Studies

Study mode

Part Time

About your course

This PG Dip in Evidence-Informed Practice is designed for ‘in-service’ criminal justice professionals who want to develop research skills to identify, critically engage with, and reflect on evidence-informed criminal justice policy and practice.

  • ​Develops your research skills enabling you to generate research findings that contribute to the development of criminal justice policy and practice
  • Spans 15 months
  • Combines LJMU-based study days with online learning and independent study
  • Generates practice-relevant research to stimulate work-related learning for your employer
  • A hybrid programme developed following the successful delivery of the Police Knowledge Fund Project in partnership with Merseyside Police, the Home Office, College of Policing and HEFCE 

​A highly focused postgraduate diploma, ideal for serving officers, practitioners and people wishing to develop their knowledge in this dynamic field.

​Dr Matthew Millings, Programme Leader

​It is essential to allow officers to develop valuable experience in gaining research skills and academic knowledge. By allowing officers to focus these transferable skills into an area of interest to both them and the force, we have experienced a higher level of insight and understanding in the issues affecting both local and national forces.

​Inspector Carl McNulty, Merseyside Police

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 eight distinct areas: Policing Studies; Criminal Justice; Criminology; Forensic Computing; 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 programme will enhance your awareness of, and engagement with, research and (good/best) practice-informed evidence in the development of operational criminal justice practice.

Building on the momentum of the successfully delivered Police Knowledge Fund, ​which developed participants' research skills and communication of often complex and sensitive findings, the programme draws on the fantastic wealth of interdisciplinary collaborations within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies.  The Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies has the capacity to source expertise beyond the immediate spheres of criminal justice and policing. Calling on partners specialising in STEM and Quantitative Social Sciences disciplines, the Centre will draw on their capacity to better understand and develop understandings of new and future challenges for criminal justice and offender management policies to engage with.

​Through the work-based research module you will be supported in constructing individual research projects that have a clear focus on positively impacting your own professional practice. They will outline manifest policy change or enhance a critical understanding of the challenges to creating greater efficiencies and enhanced performance in service provision.

Programme outline and structure

Applicants will need a clear ambition to develop, and commit to the development of, a work-based research project designed to positively impact the operational practice of criminal justice.

​The PgDip is a programme of learning that develops knowledge and skills with a clear building of momentum towards the completion of a 6000 word report and presentation in your bespoke area of interest. Projects will be the result of dialogue and discussion involving you, your employer and the teaching team to ensure the academic and practice and credibility of the research activity. 

​You will be expected to attend study days, actively participate in workshops and engage with your project supervisors when conducting work-based research.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core modules:

  • Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice

Aims to develop an awareness of, and engagement with, research and best/good practice informed evidence in operational criminal justice practice development

  • Methods for Work-Based Research

Equips students with the skills necessary to design and plan research activity

  • Work-Based Research Project

Consolidates the learning from the previous two modules and enables you to embark on your own independent study, undertaking projects directly related to individual’s operational working practice

  • Applied Research-Informed Evidence

Encourages you to think critically about the presentation of your research to academic and practitioner audiences and through sharing of practice insights

Option modules

  • Delivering Rehabilitation

Aimed at probation service practitioners, the module provides learning around wider developments within the management of offenders

  • Contemporary Issues in Research-Informed Criminal Justice Practice

Aims to deepen expertise within the your ability to think critically about the current and prospective role of evidence-based thinking in generating new policy developments within criminal justice

  • Leadership

Focuses on research leadership within the service

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?

There are no examinations on this programme, instead the PgDip uses a range of coursework-based assessment formats, ranging in length from 1500 to 6000 words.

​ There are six pieces of coursework to submit and you will be expected to deliver a 20-minute assessed presentation on your work-based research project.

​All assessment tasks will have guidance notes and marking criteria available online and all assessments will be submitted online.

Staff research interests

Your self-directed study will be supported by a surrounding framework of expertise, within a scholarly community that hosts regular seminars, lectures and a fertile platform for the dissemination of research.

​​The Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies brings together research-active staff from across the University and specialises in eight distinct areas:

  • Policing Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Forensic Computing
  • Public Health
  • Urban Affairs
  • Law
  • Cybercrime

In bringing together these leading researchers, the Centre produces sector-leading research that addresses the needs of modern policing, law enforcement and security. Examples of this cross-sector research activity includes a large-scale data mining project with the Machine Learning Research Group and a future collaboration with researchers from the Networked Appliances Research Group.

​Centre staff are currently conducting research in topics such as:

  • Crime Prevention
  • GIS, Human Trafficking
  • Smuggling of Migrants
  • 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

Entry requirements (Home)

Applicants would usually possess a minimum 2:2 in a policing studies or related social sciences discipline.

If you do not have a first degree you must satisfy the programme team of your ability to successfully study at Level 7 through the presentation of a strong portfolio which demonstrates appropriate equivalent skills in the workplace.

Individual assessment of suitability for postgraduate level study will be overseen by the programme team and may require evidence to be submitted as part of an assessment process, e.g: portfolio of written work, reports, evidence practice development and presentations. The programme welcomes students with both prior certified and learning and/or application for experiential learning credits. Applicants claiming Recognition of Prior Learning will be explored on an individual basis where previous qualifications or experience will be mapped against the Learning Objectives of the programme modules in accordance with LJMU RP(E)L policy and procedures

Entry requirements (International)


Application and selection

​You would ideally have an undergraduate degree, although evidence of equivalent learning/experience gained through work will also be considered.

Demonstrable personal and professional interest in one of the defined project areas will enhance your application. The Programme Leader must also be confident that you have the potential to study successfully at Level 7 and that you will benefit from completing the course.


6.0 (Min. 5.5 (6.0 in writing) 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

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

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

The PgDip is aimed at practitioners already working within or alongside policing or criminal justice agencies.

​Through an improved knowledge of key issues and engagement in new research, you will better understand the landscape and challenges facing your role and employer. You will develop new key skills, including dissemination and communication of complex information, and the role of leaders in key public service organisations. 

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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