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Policing

You want to make your difference as part of the police service. Our Policing courses are designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience you need to rise through the ranks and become the best police officer you can be.

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Why join the police service?

Make your difference

Find out how you can make a positive impact as a police officer.

Here at ARU, we'll help you develop the knowledge, skills and experience you need to make a difference as part of the evolving police service.

Supported by our expert, experienced staff, you'll explore the key issues affecting the police service in our rapidly changing society, developing expertise in using new forms of technology, evidence-based policing and innovation.

You’ll also enhance your problem-solving, communication, negotiation, leadership and research skills.

Our Policing Institute for the Eastern Region works on cutting-edge research projects, exploring the latest debates in policing and you’ll be able to attend high profile guest lectures by experts and serving officers.

Whether you want to study for a degree on campus before entering the police force, combine work as a police officer and study with our degree apprenticeship or degree holder entry routes, or advance your existing career in the police with a postgraduate qualification, you'll graduate ready to make a difference.

Two new routes to becoming a police officer

We're proud to be working with eight police forces across the East and South East of England and London to recruit and educate new police officers through two new entry routes into policing – the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) and Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP).

Find out more about the new routes

Colleen Moore

"We study the impact of crime through as many lenses as we need to try and help us understand a problem or social issue."

Colleen Moore

Principal Lecturer, Criminology

60 Second Seminar: How Straightforward is the Representation of Knife Crime?

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Applied Policing Studies (In-Service)

Undergraduate - BSc (Hons)

Study in:
Distance learning
Available as:
2 years part-time
Course features
  • Develop your professional knowledge and skills
  • Explore key concepts and theories in policing and criminology
  • Further your career as a serving police officer

Criminology and Policing

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with foundation year
,
4-years-with-placement-year
Course features
  • Jump-start your career in the criminal justice sector
  • Opportunities to work closely with local police forces
  • Enhance your professional CV with a semester abroad

Policing and Criminal Justice

Undergraduate - BSc (Hons)

Study in:
Chelmsford
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with foundation
,
4 years with placement
Course features
  • Prepare for an exciting and rewarding career in policing or criminal justice
  • Debate today’s most pressing issues and examine the trial process
  • Opportunities with local police forces and criminal justice practitioners

Professional Policing

Undergraduate - BSc (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
,
Chelmsford
Available as:
3 years full-time
Course features
  • Prepare for an exciting and rewarding career in the police service
  • Hands-on experience in our mock court rooms and on study trips
  • Stand out from the crowd as a potential police constable

Professional Policing Practice

Undergraduate - BSc (Hons)

Degree apprenticeship

Study in:
London
Available as:
3 years full-time
Course features
  • Become a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Service
  • World-class training as part of a supportive and passionate police force
  • Provides the foundation for an exciting and varied policing career

Professional Policing Practice

Undergraduate - BSc (Hons)

Degree apprenticeship

Study in:
Regional force training centres
Available as:
3 years
Course features
  • Become a police officer with your chosen East of England police force
  • A real policing job with hands-on experience, combining practical on-the-job training with academic learning
  • Embark on an exciting and rewarding career like no other

Contemporary Policing

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Blended learning
,
Cambridge
,
Chelmsford
Available as:
Part-time
Course features
Advance your career in the police service. Explore the key challenges facing police in today’s rapidly changing world, and develop enhanced critical and research skills to help tackle them.

Degree Holder Entry Programme

Postgraduate - Graduate Diploma

Degree Holder Entry Programme

Study in:
Regional force training centres
Available as:
2 years
Course features
  • Become a police officer with your chosen East of England police force
  • A real job with hands-on experience, combining practical on-the-job training with academic learning
  • Provides the foundation for an exciting and varied policing career

Degree Holder Entry Programme

Postgraduate - Graduate Diploma

Degree Holder Entry Programme

Study in:
London
Available as:
2 years
Course features
  • Become a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Service
  • World-class training as part of a supportive and passionate police force
  • Embark on an exciting and rewarding career in policing

Professional Doctorate in Policing

Research - DProf

Study in:
Blended learning
,
Cambridge
,
Chelmsford
Available as:
Part-time
Course features
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.

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