Leadership in Policing MSc

Leadership in Policing MSc

School of Management


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year; Part-time: Two or more years

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  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    not currently recruiting

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  • Status:

    Subject to approval

Why study this programme?

This course is not currently recruiting

This new and challenging programme has been specifically designed for current and aspiring leaders within the policing field and will allow you to enhance your leadership knowledge, skills and abilities. Through a blend of academic theory and the exploration of leadership challenges in policing, you’ll grow and develop as an effective leader. If you already possess the highest levels of CMI Membership, you may be able to progress directly to the final stage of the programme, including Research Methods and a Dissertation. This advanced standing facility offers an invaluable stepping stone to experienced leaders within the police wishing to enhance their educational profile.

Entry Requirements

Admission is based on a holistic review of each candidate’s work experience and educational qualifications in order to assess their ability to benefit from the programme.

Programme at a Glance

The Compulsory Modules for this Course are:

HR4023: Leadership: Personal development in an organisational context:
The module aims to enhance your ability to use and critically evaluate a range of skills and approaches to leadership and self-development within the context of leadership theory and the organisational environment. This module is designed to enable you to critically appraise your own personal and professional development needs; engage in formulation of an appropriate personal development plan; and enhance your leadership potential through a set of experiential development exercises.

HR4029: Strategic Leadership Perspectives in an Organisational Context:
This module will target your ability to apply knowledge and understanding of organisational strategy in order to plan and conduct a team-based investigation. Development will be based on a live issue or problem within a host organisation, which will enable you to enhance your intervention, analytical and project management skills.



FZ4704: The Ethics of Criminal Investigation and Policing:
The main focus of this module is to examine elements of police integrity, accountability and ethical conduct in relation to ‘criminal investigations’. You will also include a wider examination of these elements in relation to policing as a service to the public, as well as identifying relevant legislation. There will also be opportunity to look at the work organisations to which the police are accountable, for example the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

FZ4701: Research Methods:
This module is designed to facilitate your understanding as to the nature of scientific methods and basic techniques in social science research as applied to the collection, analysis, and interpretation of social and management data. Your project will develop as the module progresses, using relevant information from the module to justify the methodology of a case study.

HR4043/FZ4707: Dissertation:
Through this module you will develop your ability to understand and define clearly a problem to be solved; extract relevant material from a literature survey; design and undertake an original investigation and to present, analyse and interpret results. You will learn how to present a coherent, critical account of the work, how it relates to that of others; develop management skills and to achieve a measure of independent inquiry.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

This course responds to the national move toward enhanced professionalisation of the policing family. It has been developed by a policing, leadership and development team from the University and has involved sector experts to add further rigour to the development process.

The knowledge, skills and abilities developed through this programme are targeted at enhancing an individual’s employment prospects within the policing family.

The Following Option Modules may also be available:

HR4033: Leadership and Change:

The aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of leadership theory as it relates to and informs change management theory and practice. The module will develop your critical understanding of the theory and practice of leadership, organisational learning and change. It will explore theoretical approaches to the leadership of change in organisations from the challenges and issues that may be faced by leaders engaged in organisational change strategies to the personal aspects of change and the possible human cost of poorly managed change.

HR4034: Leadership Development through Coaching:

Your own personal ongoing leadership development is central to this module. Personal leadership growth will be explored through reflection on your leadership practice and career development with the support of a professional coach. The module will provide a theoretical framework to support the development of your reflective learning capabilities. As part of the learning you will agree a particular focus with your coach which fits with your own leadership and career development.

FZ4719: Operational Leadership:

The design of this module is such that it will offer you the knowledge, understanding and skills required to effectively and efficiently lead police officers and police staff in operational situations. The module will further provide you with the academic principles associated with leadership.

FZ4061: Management Coaching Skills:

Developing managers’ knowledge, understanding and practice of the role of coaching as a management competence is invaluable. The module aims to support your learning so that you can begin to grow and mature as an effective coach by :-

a. being able to: differentiate coaching from other helping skills;

b. introducing essential coaching skills and models;

c. deepening your understanding of people and behaviours; and

d. understanding how coaching fits with other styles of management and leadership.

FZ4718: Employment Law Theory and Practice:

The purpose of this module is to provide leaders with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to brief organisations on the consequences of current and future developments in employment law and to apply appropriately the legal principles at work in different jurisdictions. The module will deliver the key principles that underpin UK and EU employment law, their purpose, the major defences that employers are able to deploy when defending cases, potential organisational costs and reputational risks associated with losing them. While organisations can source specialist advice on complex and unprecedented issues from legal advisers, senior leaders need to be sufficiently aware of major, current and upcoming developments in the regulatory environment to ensure organisations are fully prepared. You will be encouraged to critically reflect on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint, you will be further afforded the opportunity to apply learning and identify continuous professional development needs and objectives.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400



Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,050 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

Assessment for the programme will include personal development plans; organisational based reports, presentations, academic essays, an examination and a dissertation.

Fee Information

The University offers a number of tuition fee reductions for eligible new postgraduate taught students:
  • UCLan award holders studying a postgraduate taught course full-time and paying a standard or higher tuition fee may be eligible for a £1000 tuition fee discount 
  • UCLan award holders studying a postgraduate taught course part-time or a postgraduate research degree (full or part time) may be eligible for a 20% tuition fee discount 

For further details please follow this link.

For further information on paying by instalments please follow this link.