Research ( part-time)
Intermediate awards: Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Research, Professional Masters in Policing
MPhil: Full-time, from 1 to 3 years. Part-time, from 2 to 4 years.
PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: Full-time, from 2.5 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3.5 to 6 years.
PhD: Full-time, from 2 to 4 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.
For further guidance on the duration of Research Degrees please refer to the Research Degrees Regulations.
Expand your knowledge and understanding of your professional practice to become a critically aware strategic thinker, and make a significant contribution to the advancement of policing in your area.
Our Professional Doctorate in Policing will help you deepen your knowledge and understanding of your chosen area of policing without the need to take time out from your career. By continuing to work as you study, you will be well placed to put your new-found skills directly into practise, as well as bringing the ongoing experience of your professional life to your course.
Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to develop new skills and refine existing ones, such as critical thinking, conducting original research, and communicating research to different audiences, which will not only contribute to your own professional development but give you scope to advance your particular area of policing.
The programme is split into two phases; the taught phase and the research phase. Over the first two years, you will take four 30-credit taught modules:
The Professional Practitioner-Researcher (Year 1, Semester 1)
Discover how to conduct research within the field of policing, and learn to think reflexively about your professional environment.
Extending Professional Practice (Year 1, Semester 2)
Gain in-depth knowledge of an area of enquiry related to your professional interests by studying both the academic and professional literature.
Advanced Professional Research Methods (Year 2, Semester 1)
Gain a deeper understanding of the research process and assist in the development of conceptual frameworks.
Advanced Professional Data Collection and Analysis (Year 2, Semester 2)
Begin preparing for your research project by creating research questions, outlining ethical considerations and considering the relationship between your profession, your studies and your own professional development.
During the second part of the course you will work on and complete a substantive research project of up to 60,000 words.
Assessments for the taught phase are varied - from written reports and portfolios, to presentations and a research proposal. Assessment of the research phase is by way of a written thesis and viva.
The taught phase of the programme will be delivered via online and face-to-face learning. You will be able to access individual supervision and tutorials with staff and other students, lecture content and interactive materials through our online learning management system, Canvas.
The online element will be supplemented by face-to-face study days, at which you will consolidate your independent learning through group activity, presenting your ideas and research to your fellow students. These sessions will also allow you to meet up with your supervisor, who will be selected according to your area of interest from our pool of expertise across the university.
In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we use our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond to nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking, in order to educate, entertain, inspire and understand, as well as to improve people’s lives.
Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.
Study at a time that suits you, using our learning management system.
In studying for any academic award it is important that candidates feel part of a community. This can be more challenging when studying part-time and with significant professional and other commitments. This programme is designed to help you to develop a sense of belonging to your cohort group (the others beginning Professional Doctorate studies at the same time as you) through face to face meetings at weekend workshops and through discussion groups using the Virtual Learning Environment (Canvas). Furthermore, you will also spend some time in workshops with candidates on other professional doctoral programmes in other faculties.
This course is managed by the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER). As one of our students you will be part of the PIER research community and the wider AHSS postgraduate student body. Throughout the year, PIER hosts a series of events and opportunities for networking and knowledge exchange with local and regional police forces, and representatives from national policing bodies.
In some cases extra costs known as bench fees will be charged for a postgraduate research degree. These are to cover additional/ exceptional costs directly related to a specific research project.
Some examples of these costs are (the list is not exhaustive): equipment hire, access costs to specialist equipment/workshops, volunteer expenses, specialist tissue/cell culture, specialist reagents or materials, specialist software, access to specialist databases, data collection costs, specialist media, recording or digital storage needs.
We charge bench fees in bands. They may apply for every year of your course. These bands are the same for full- and part-time students.
If you have to pay bench fees this will be made clear at your interview, and stated in your offer letter.
For 2019/20 the bench fee bands are:
Part time: £1,000
Full time: £1,800
Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.
Our Professional Doctorate in Policing can aid your career progression by helping you develop higher-level academic skills and apply new forms of knowledge and models to your professional practice.
Contact the Course Director Dr Sam Lundrigan for more information about this course.
Candidates for admission would normally have a Masters-level qualification and be serving professionals in the police.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.
Studying during COVID-19
Due to the national lockdown all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face access to research resources in limited circumstances where access can be justified under movement restrictions. Visit our restrictions page for details. All assessments and supervision are currently conducted online.
Study options when not in a lockdown
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic and related Government guidance, your research programme will be framed, wherever possible, to be conducted away from campus and in line with movement restrictions. For some types of research attendance on campus will be essential for some activities, and these activities will need to be undertaken in a COVID-19 safe manner in line with our risk management procedures.
In the event that there are further changes to the current restrictions that are in place within the UK due to the pandemic, we may need all of our researchers to work online only at short notice to remain in line with Government guidelines and ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.
National lockdown (from 5 January 2021)
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We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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