Professional Doctorate in Policing DProf

Research ( part-time, full-time)

Blended learning, Cambridge, Chelmsford


Intermediate awards: Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Research, Professional Masters in Policing

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For application deadlines visit our how to apply page.


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.

Full description

Supervision and support

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.

Where you'll research

Your faculty

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.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Blended learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our learning management system.

More about blended learning

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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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.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK students, 2022/23 (per year)


UK students, 2022/23 (part-time, per year)


International students, 2022/23 (per year)


International students, 2022/23 (part-time, per year)


Bench fees

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 2021/22 the bench fee bands are:

  1. £500
  2. £1,000
  3. £2,000
  4. £4,000
  5. £8,000

Writing up fees 2021/22

Part time: £1,000

Full time: £1,800

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us. Find out more about paying your fees.


For advice on the doctoral loan and other sources of funding, including ARU scholarships, visit our finance guide for postgraduate researchers.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

ARU research

ARU's academic excellence was recognised in 2021, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Sixteen areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on the societies we live in.


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 details

Contact the Course Director Dr Sam Lundrigan for more information about this course.

Entry requirements

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.

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Studying during COVID-19

Due to national restrictions 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
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.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

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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UK & EU applicants

01245 68 68 68

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International applicants

+44 1245 68 68 68

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