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MSc Rural and Environmental Crime and Policing

Buckinghamshire New University

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Buckinghamshire New University

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Course Overview

By studying our MSc in Rural and Environmental Crime and Policing, you’ll benefit from working with academics who have extensive experience in policing and are involved in the latest research into rural and environmental crime.

Throughout this distance-learning course, you enhance your knowledge of this area within policing and build your management, strategic and project management skills required to lead others.

Why study this subject?

With growing public awareness and concern about rural and environmental crime, and how to mitigate it, there is increasing demand for specialist practitioners in this field.

Whether your interest is in an enforcement or compliance capacity, a master’s degree in rural and environmental crime and policing will equip you with the skills and insights to help you prevent this multi-faceted form of offending and to tackle it when it happens.

What will I study?

This course will help give you:

  • a solid base of knowledge of the law relating to rural and environmental crime – areas of focus include: theft from farms and hare coursing; modern slavery and organised crime in the rural setting; heritage crime; environmental offences (e.g. fly-tipping)
  • an understanding of the practicalities of that law, and how it is applied in different enforcement or compliance situations
  • specialist subject knowledge in the area of rural and environmental crime that most interests you.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Designed as a flexible learning programme, you can study this course alongside your work or other commitments.

Teaching is primarily delivered through online lectures, supported by linked seminars. Online lectures include a mix of direct teaching from an academic and recorded interviews with subject experts. Seminars will develop the topic further through lecturer set online tasks that students will undertake independently.

Students will be able to have one-to-one support with the course team through our Virtual Learning Environment, as well as by email and telephone. Outside of the above, students are expected to undertake self-directed study which is essential for distance learning elements of this programme; typically, this will involve reading, using our online library resources, and completing coursework assignments.

Prior to embarking upon dissertation work, students will be encouraged to attend a two-day workshop. This workshop is designed to develop the skills and techniques required to conduct primary research and produce an original dissertation. Students will also be expected to attend an annual research colloquium where second year students will each make an assessed presentation of their research at the mid-point of their dissertation work. Dissertation work is supported through regular virtual meetings between the student and their allocated supervisor.

The assessments range from written assignments, presentations and reports to project and portfolio work.

What are my career prospects?

By the end of the programme, you will be in a strong position to manage and mitigate the threats posed by rural and environmental crime, be that in an investigative or a compliance role.

You will be well placed to work at a senior level in agencies with an enforcement or compliance responsibility in rural or other environmentally sensitive settings.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 5,350per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Buckinghamshire New University

  • University League Table

    102nd

  • Campus address

    Buckinghamshire New University, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2JZ, England

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