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Professional Doctorate in Policing, Crime and Security DPHS

University of West London

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  • Qualification

    Professional Doctorate

  • Location

    University of West London

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary


The Professional Doctorate in Policing, Crime and Security (DPCS) is a structured, four-year, part-time programme targeted towards criminal justice and security professionals in the UK and overseas. It comprises a taught phase delivered through a small number of workshops on campus over the first two years, with online seminars in between, and then two years of supervised research leading to a thesis.

Our professional doctorate programme is aimed at experienced practitioners working in a professional context, placing an emphasis on developing 'researching professionals', as distinct from the more common PhD route which is intended to develop professional researchers. It provides a framework for criminal justice and security professionals to reflect on and inform practice in their area of work through original research in the field. The benefits of the programme include:

  • a teaching team experienced in doctoral and professional education
  • a broad range of supervisory expertise
  • accessible London location
  • excellent facilities
  • a competitive fee.

Course detail

Candidates on the programme may be drawn from one of the following areas or related fields: border protection, business continuity management, child protection, commercial security, community safety, corporate security, counter fraud, crime analysis, crime prevention, crime scene investigation, criminal justice/policing/security policy, crisis and disaster management, cyber security, fire and rescue, forensic investigation, forensic mental health, forensic psychology, gangs and group offending, humanitarian security, intelligence, international security, the legal profession, the magistracy, the military, peacekeeping, policing, political risk analysis, prisons, probation, risk management, security risk analysis, security consultancy, security training, social work, substance misuse, trading standards, the voluntary sector and youth offending.

A central feature of the prof doc is that you will be studying with the same cohort of people over the four years, coming not only from across the UK but from all over the world. It is designed to develop your research knowledge and capabilities to an advanced level, and promote evidence-based practice development through:

  • teaching and supervision by an experienced team with wide-ranging development and research interests
  • workshops and online seminars on key research and professional development topics
  • one-to-one support from a dedicated supervision teamPeer support from fellow professionals in your cohort
  • access to our library facilities including a large number of electronic books, journals and databases
  • access to additional, targeted training courses delivered through our Graduate School to meet any specific learning needs related to your individual research
  • the use of an online learning environment enabling you to keep in easy contact with your peers and the course team
  • development of wider national and international perspectives through networking within your peer group
  • raising the profile, credibility and influence of your profession in both academic and practice contexts.

Study & career progression

The career benefits of the programme may include:

  • development for promotion within your organisation
  • widening employment opportunities in other organisations/sectors (including academia)
  • improving professional standing as self-employed consultants
  • intrepreneurial and entrepreneurial development
  • active continuing professional development in your professional community.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 6,500per year

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

University information

University of West London

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  • Campus address

    University of West London, St Mary's Road, Ealing, W5 5RF, England

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