Working to meet the professional requirements of 21st-century policing.

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About us

The Institute of Policing is working in collaboration with policing and criminal justice partners to meet the professional requirements of 21st-century policing and to develop high-quality, evidence-based education within the police service. The IoP is designed to facilitate undergraduate studies for police officers enrolled in the Pre-Join Degree in Professional Policing; for students contemplating a career in policing or anyone wishing to study policing, criminology or forensic science at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Current courses

BSc (Hons) Professional Policing

The BSc (Hons) Professional Policing programme has been designed primarily to meet the learning needs of students who wish to embark on a career in the police service (police and police staff) but will also be useful for those wishing to work in other related areas, for example: National Crime Agency, probation service, military police, private security industry, civil service, local authority, banking and similar organisations, where investigative or practical legal knowledge is required.

Find out more about the BSc (Hons) Professional Policing

MSc Applied Criminology

This postgraduate course explores the contributions of criminology to relevant professional settings such as policing.

Find out more about the MSc Applied Criminology

Recognition of Prior Learning & Experience (RPL)

If you are making enquiries about courses through the Recognition of Prior Learning & Experience (RPL) Directory, the following undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses will be available to you:

Find out more about RPL.

Other activities

The Institute of Policing will also coordinate the following functions:

  • Ongoing collaboration with regional forces around PEQF requirements, delivery of training, sharing of resources around curriculum needs and collaboration with regional PCCs.
  • Provision of conferences, training workshops, seminars and symposia around regional needs, developments and initiatives, to strengthen collaboration between police forces and Higher Education.
  • Institute of Policing Research & Innovation Library for all EBP dissertation projects produced by students on undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
  • Development of a Special Constabulary recruitment option for students on the Pre-Join degree in Professional Policing (in order to enhance their operational competencies during their studies, before commencing full-time employment with a police force).

The IoP is a founding member of the University-led collaborative and interdisciplinary Criminal Justice Research Network.

Contact us

For further information, contact Dr Gary Jones, Head of the Department of Applied Social Sciences, Forensics and Politics (which includes Criminology and Policing). For enquiries about the MSc Applied Criminology, contact the Programme Leader, Dr Ester Massa.