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Policing, Port and Maritime Security

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £5,985
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £33.25 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £13,250

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Course type

MSc

School

Centre for Advanced Policing Studies

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Study Policing Port and Maritime Security at LJMU and explore the threats posed by piracy, trafficking and terrorism in contemporary policing.

  • Collaborative programme with the Faculty of Engineering and Technology
  • Explore port security and the threats posed by piracy and terrorism
  • Ideal for serving officers and those about to embark on their policing or academic career
  • Excellent employment opportunities in port and maritime security management and policing, ship safety and supply chain security
  • A valuable foundation for progression to PhD

​An excellent foundation to explore the knowledge and skills required to undertake a research project.

​My Policing Studies provided an excellent introduction to academic research methods and provided a solid foundation for further academic and career based research and personal development.

Sean Bell

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.

Based in the newly refurbished John Foster Building, at the centre of the Mount Pleasant Campus and a short walk from the Aldham Robarts Library, the Centre has access to facilities within the building including social areas, a cafe, and the main office for the Liverpool Students' Union.

Why study this course at LJMU?

The Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies has a broad base of Policing expertise, enabling us to offer supervision over a wide range of topics. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary methodologies.

​Due to the rise in cases of piracy, the growing humanitarian problem of boat refugees and the threat of maritime terrorism, port and maritime security are increasingly important factors in today's society. Working with leading academics from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies offers a fascinating insight into this area. The course is particularly important locally due to the major expansion of the Port of Liverpool which will see super-sized ships arriving in the city, posing a more practical challenge for port policing and security than ever before.

All of our policing qualifications focus on developing the professionalisation agenda for policing 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.

Our notable areas of strength include:

  • Port and Maritime Security
  • Sociological Analyses of Port and Maritime Security
  • International Relations in Port and Maritime Security - International, Regional and National Rules and Regulations
  • Managing Port and Maritime Security
  • Drugs Trafficking
  • Human Smuggling
  • Piracy
  • Maritime Terrorism
  • Corruption, Fraud and White Collar Crime in Maritime Transport
  • Researching Port and Maritime Security: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
  • Policing and Securing the Port of Liverpool: a Case Study  

​The Policing, Port and Maritime programme is specifically designed to address the skills gap identified by the police service in relation to quantitative research. Taught by lecturers with academic and professional backgrounds in policing and research, you will explore and engage with policing debates at national, international and transnational level. You will also be part of the new Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, the UK's first research centre devoted to supporting the needs of 21st century policing.

Programme outline and structure

This MSc enables you to pursue your interest in policing from a Port and Maritime perspective.

The Policing, Port and Maritime Security MSc combines supervised independent research with specialist training in research methods and academic skills, while also helping you to become aware of emerging approaches currently practiced in the discipline.  ​Over the course of the programme you will be introduced to key developments in the field of policing studies and given the skills necessary to producing a successful postgraduate research project. You will be working individually with a supervisor throughout the year, as well as taking part on taught modules with fellow Policing Studies students and depending on your choices, students who may be from other disciplines or Faculties. In addition, you will become a part of the wider research activities of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies.Under the guidance of specialist supervision and amongst a diverse community of fellow researchers you will be provided with a valuable foundation that allows you to develop the skills of research, analysis, conceptualisation, argument and presentation – all highly prized competencies in many areas of employment.

​You will receive specialist supervision and study within a diverse community of fellow researchers. 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
  • Advanced Research Skills
  • Port and Maritime Security
  • Terrorism

  • Maritime Law
  • Marine Insurance
  • Port Administration
  • Dissertation

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 courses@ljmu.ac.uk if you require further guidance or clarification.

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 policing-related experiences and are actively engaged in research exploring innovative topics in policing, criminal justice 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.  You will normally receive extensive written feedback on your assessments, and occasional verbal feedback. All feedback is designed to help you achieve your full potential and get the most out of your studies, so staff will be available to discuss it with you and direct you to further support if you feel you need it.

 

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

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 specialising in eight distinct areas:

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

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.

​Staff at the Centre are currently conducting research is 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 for Policing, Port and Maritime Security will normally be expected to have a good first degree (2:2 or above) in 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.

Application and selection

​You must to submit a completed LJMU online application form, together with your academic transcript or equivalent and an academic reference.

International

​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 . For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU's International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?

​No

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

Tuition fees

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 loans for students from England, Wales and the EU

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.

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:-

https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/discover/fees-and-finance/pg-uk-students-2017-18/funding

Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.

The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.

LJMU Alumni Award

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. 

Employer sponsorship

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.

Graduate employment

Thanks to our working relationships at local, regional and national level with policing organisations and through our links with a diverse range of Merseyside employers and organisations, you will enjoy excellent opportunities for academic and personal career development.

​Policing, Port and Maritime Security graduates may go on to careers in port and maritime (security) management, ship safety and security, supply chain security and port policing. Potential employers include: shipping agents, shipping companies (Maersk, CMA CGM, Hamburg Süd), port authorities, the International Maritime Organisation, UNODC, Lloyd's Register, customs agencies, security companies with maritime expertise (G4S, Securitas) and port police organisations.

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. 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.

This programme prepares you for further study, employment or new roles in your current profession.

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.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

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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