The course provides 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.
Reasons to study Policing at DMU:
- 97.3% of our Health and Life Sciences graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report [above the sector average of 94.6%]
- Designed to help prepare you for work in the public or private policing sector this course is taught by former police staff who know the requirements of the role well. Teaching is centred on the National Policing Curriculum to make sure it is relevant to developments in the sector.
- DMU has an experience in delivering police and investigation degree teaching
ensuring what you study is directly applicable to current practice and developments in the sector
- Volunteering in the criminal justice sector, including as a Special Police Constable is encouraged in order to develop your practice-based skills; preparing you for a range of employment opportunities within the police service and investigatory sector where roles become available
- 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
- Take part in the inter-professional Education events during the degree programme; providing you with the opportunity to collaborate with other practicioners on a range of applied degree programmes at DMU (including mental health nurses for example) to enhance your employability
- Gain international expeience through our #DMUglobal programme
which has enabled students to investigate state crime at the Auschwitz concentration camp, consider inequality and segregation in New York, and support refugees in Berlin
- Join DMU’s student Policing and Criminology Societies
enhancing your university experience through intellectually stimulating seminars and social events
- DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
- The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [ Office for Students, 2017]
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.