The programme helps equip you with a broad understanding of policing while examining the causes, legal framework and responses to crime. We are licenced by the College of Policing to offer the pre-join degree in Professional Policing, allowing you to study first and then apply to a force and follow a shorter on-the-job training programme.
Designed to prepare you for work in the public or private policing sector, this course is taught by former police service staff who are knowledgeable in the requirements of the division, with topics centred on the College of Policing’s National Policing Curriculum to ensure your learning is relevant to developments and challenges within the sector.
Our Policing programme is also one of few courses that enable you to undertake academic modules alongside volunteering as a special constable, a trained member of the community who works with and supports the local police. Special constables generally volunteer around four hours a week, or more, to assist the police in tackling crime in their community. This invaluable experience can help to prepare you for a range of employment opportunities within the police service after graduating.
- This course teaches you the skills and expertise to prepare for a career in the public or private policing sector, where you will be taught by former police service staff who have first-hand experience of the sector and its requirements.
- Teaching is centred on the National Policing Curriculum to ensure your learning is relevant to contemporary developments and challenges in the sector.
- Apply your learning to a real-world context with opportunities to volunteer as a special constable to develop their real-world understanding of the material taught on the course and prepare you for a range of employment opportunities within the police service (please note this is subject to meeting the requirements of Leicestershire Police and those set out by the Home Office).
- Gain international experience related to your studies through our DMU Global Programme, helping you to apply your learning to a global context. Policing students have previously visited Poland to investigate state crime at the Auschwitz concentration camp, as well as New York to learn about critical incidents ofpolicing in the city.
- This programme caters for a range of career aspirations within the police service and investigatory sector.
- You’ll also have the opportunity to join the Society of Evidenced Based Policing and engage with the East Midlands Police and Academic Consortium to provide you an insight and context to real life policing.
Structure and assessment
- Profession of Policing
- Problem based Policing
- Legislation and Policy
- Research and Study Skills
- Research and Practice
- Critical Incident Management & Leadership (I)
- Leadership and Management of Contemporary Issues in Policing (I)
- Elective Modules –
- Religion, Faith and Crime
- Mental Health and Crime
- Families, Crime and Justice
- Restorative Justice and Rehabilitation
- Drugs and Substance Misuse
- Crime, Deviance and Subcultures
- Domestic Abuse
- Media and Crime
- Critical Incident Management & Leadership (II)
- Leadership and Management of Contemporary Issues in Policing (II)
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences facilities
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The programme is practice-related and students will experience desk top exercises and visits to the crime scene house to enhance their real-world learning.
The DMU library is well-stocked with a range of books, journals, e-journals, videos and DVDs and is available for independent and group study.
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.
During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.
We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
During your studies you will have the opportunity to apply for placements which will enhance your employability.
Students have the opportunity of an international experience via DMUglobal (subject to availability)
These learning experiences will enhance your real-world insight and understanding informing your dissertation in your final year.
Graduates from the Policing Studies programme will be ideally equipped to apply for vacancies in the police service across the country.
Other opportunities also include roles in the private policing environment.
Opportunities also exist within a number of other agencies and related fields including;
- Youth justice
- Community safety and crime prevention
- Domestic violence and victim support
- Prisons and probation
- Drug and alcohol services
Graduates can also choose to continue their professional development by enrolling on one of our postgraduate courses.
International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.
Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.
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