About your course
LJMU's Policing and Cybercrime Masters degree will enable you to explore the interface between policing and computing, developing the skills required for contemporary crime investigation.
- Based in the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies
- Collaborative programme with the Faculty of Engineering and Technology
- Reflects increasing police involvement in computer forensics/cybercrime
- Explore the interface between policing and computing
- Ideal for serving officers and those about to embark on their policing or academic career
- Excellent employment opportunities in policing and fraud investigation
- Valuable foundation for progression to PhD
The balance of formal inputs by lecturers from a range of academic disciplines, coupled with excellent supervisory support, enabled me to take the theory of Policing Studies and apply it to my own area of research.
Introduction to the School
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences strives to break boundaries and develop new thinking by exposing you to a dynamic research culture.
Our mission is to critically understand the world and offer new ways of approaching challenging social and cultural issues. We support our students in becoming part of our mission and embracing their learning with vigour and enthusiasm.We have a thriving postgraduate community and are proud of the research output of our students and academics as well as the high quality teaching, supervision and scholarship which characterises the School. Learning disciplines are organised into six subject areas:
- Media Culture and Communication
- Advanced Policing Studies
All areas of activity are underpinned by the work of three research centres: The Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies; the Centre of the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion and the Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History. We also have strong partnerships in other areas of research, including Port and Maritime History and Liverpool and Merseyside Studies.
All programmes of study prepare students for the world of work in a variety of ways, with support from a dedicated team who are on-hand to help students brush up on the key skills sought by employers.
The School is based in the newly refurbished John Foster Building, at the centre of the University’s Mount Pleasant Campus and a short walk from the Aldham Robarts Library. Facilities within the building include social areas, a cafe, and the main office for the Liverpool Students' Union.
Why study this course at LJMU?
Computer forensics and cybercrime are relative newcomers to the world of policing and this programme has been designed to satisfy the resulting skills gap.
Working with leading academics from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies offers a fascinating insight into the interface between policing and computing, preparing you for a career in contemporary crime investigation.
Our qualifications focus on developing the professionalisation agenda for UK police forces and we work with the professional body, The College of Policing, as well as local policing organisations, to ensure that course content is relevant and current.
Under the guidance of specialist supervision and among a diverse community of fellow researchers, you will build a valuable foundation enabling you to develop skills in research, analysis, conceptualisation, argument and presentation – all highly prized in many areas of employment. You will be taught by lecturers with a wide range of academic, professional policing and research expertise. This breadth of knowledge enables us to supervise students in a wide range of topics.
Our notable areas of strength include:
- Theoretical and Practical Security Concepts
- Network Security
- Software Development Possibilities Offered by the Emergence of Information and Social Networks Environments
- Computer Forensics
- Information Security Concepts of Identity and Trust
We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary methodologies, and the programme has been specifically designed to address the skills gap that the police service has identified in relation to quantitative research.
Programme outline and structure
MSc Policing and Cybercrime combines supervised independent research with specialist training in research methods and academic skills, while also helping students become aware of emerging approaches currently practiced in the discipline.
Over the course of the programme you will be introduced to key developments in policing studies and given the skills necessary to produce a successful postgraduate research project. You will work individually with a supervisor throughout the year, as well as taking part in taught modules with fellow Policing Studies students and/or students from other disciplines/Faculties. In addition, you will be part of the wider research activities of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, which aims to provide outstanding, innovative teaching and research for the advancement of policing and police forces.
You will receive specialist supervision and study within a diverse community of fellow researchers, including specialist staff who work within the studies of computing. Staff are active in a wide range of fields including: Crime Prevention, GIS, People Trafficking, 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.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core modules:
- Policing in Context
Gain insights into current policing, community safety and criminal justice priorities by exploring different perspectives that relate to policing, regulatory processes, professional values and ethics
- Advanced Research Skills
In preparation for your dissertation, this module introduces key epistemological and methodological issues that impact upon research into crime, security, community safety and criminal justice
- Computer Security
Develop an in-depth knowledge of various security threats and vulnerabilities in computer systems as well as the importance of computer security
- Network Forensics
Develop a critical appreciation of both the theoretical and practical issues in the field of network forensics
- Advanced Topics in Network Security
Explore cutting-edge developments in Network Security by studying recent academic research in the area
- Network Security
Develop a deep understanding of various security vulnerabilities in and threats to computer networks as well as the importance of network security
Analyse and interpret an issue in your chosen field
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.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.
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How will I be assessed?
Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars all of which you are expected to attend. You will need to participate in online activities and discussions using our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.
Tutors have a wide range of practical and academic computing or policing-related experience and are actively engaged in research exploring innovative topics in policing, criminal justice, computing and research. All of this experience and knowledge feeds directly into original and thought-provoking material for all Policing Studies programmes taught in the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies. The team is also committed to ensuring you get the most out of your learning experience. They are available at set office times to meet you for one-to-one consultations to discuss course-related issues.
You will have a dedicated supervisor who will offer expert knowledge, guidance and support as you complete your dissertation.
Feedback will be available on the 15th working day after the submission date for a piece of work. That's because we believe that timely and constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.
Assessment is based on a range of research tasks and projects reflecting the skills developed by the various modules.
We understand that all students have different strengths and preferences when it comes to assessments, so we use a variety of methods to assess your work structured across the academic year. Assessment methods include: academic essays; annotated bibliographies; reflective research exercises; position papers; exams; reports; case studies; portfolios; online blogs and wikis; workplace practice; posters; oral presentations (individual and group); debates; reviews; group work and the dissertation/research project.
Staff research interests
Established in 2015, the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies brings together research-active staff from across the University. Your self-directed study will be supported by a framework of expertise within a scholarly community that hosts regular seminars, lectures and a fertile platform for the dissemination of research.
The Centre, for example, works with practitioners from:
- Criminal Justice
- Forensic Art
- Forensic Computing
- Nursing and Mental Health
- Policing Studies
- Public Health
- Urban Affairs
It 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.
In bringing together leading researchers from these fields, 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.
Entry requirements (Home)
Applicants for the MSc Policing and Cybercrime will normally be expected to have a good first degree (2:2 or above) in Computing, Policing, Criminology, Criminal Justice or a related subject.
Applications are welcomed from highly motivated non-standard entry students with relevant experience, but without the necessary formal qualifications. Prospective applicants are advised to contact the Programme Leader for further information.
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.
If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.
Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.
In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required 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. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time 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 pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding
LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time. LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
On completion of your MSc, you may consider a career in the police service or in areas connected to investigation, security or criminal justice e.g. the armed services, prison service, social work or criminal justice-related roles within the Civil Service. If you are already in employment, the MSc will prepare you to specialise in your area of interest, specifically computing security and cybercrime.
The Centre for Advanced Policing Studies has excellent working relationships at local, regional and national level with policing organisations and links with a diverse range of Merseyside employers and organisations. This means that you will enjoy excellent opportunities for academic and personal career development.
The programme teaches the advanced skills of research, conceptualisation, analysis and argument, and presentation. These are highly valued in many areas of employment. Students with an interest in pursuing an academic path will be encouraged to progress to PhD level. This MSc plays an important development role in this process.
Policing and other related public sector fields currently suffer a skills gap in relation to quantitative research so there are opportunities for employment or career progression for those with these skills.
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 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)|
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.
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.
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: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (firstname.lastname@example.org)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:
- 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