The SIPR Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma / MSc in Policing Studies

“The programme has been a tremendous experience for all students and we believe that we are now better able to bring evidence to bare on our practice and to contribute to policing issues. The first year emphasised historical overview of policing at both local and International levels and included a rewarding international exchange with students from the Dutch Police Academy.”

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The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) Postgraduate Programme in Policing Studies is a collaborative initiative involving contributions of modules by a consortium of universities and has been developed in close cooperation with the Scottish Police College. The programme draws on the world-class expertise of Scotland’s universities and provides an innovative, relevant, and interdisciplinary programme for all those involved in policing.

The Programme comprises a Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MSc in Policing Studies. The programme is structured in a modular format, with core and optional modules, as follows, leading from PGCert to PGDip to Masters. The Postgraduate Certificate will comprise two 30 credit modules; the Diploma will comprise an additional two 30 credit modules:


Degree Length of study
Part time
MSc 30-36 months
PGDiploma 20-24 months
PGCertificate 10-12 months
This course has one start date - September


Postgraduate Certificate

Semester one: Theories, Concepts & Models of Policing, led by the University of the West of Scotland

Semester two: An optional module from:

Postgraduate Diploma

Semester three: Education and Social Research, led by the University of Dundee

Semester four: An optional module from:


Submission of a Dissertation


The programme has been developed for police officers and police staff, people involved with policing from other backgrounds (such as those in the public, community and voluntary sectors who work in criminal justice and community safety fields) and those interested in a career in policing from across the UK and internationally.


The postgraduate diploma is delivered via elearning and attendance at workshops. All modules are supported by the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called My Dundee. All students receive training on how to access and utilise these technologies as well as assistance in academic study and writing skills from the University’s Learning Enhancement Unit. The programmes are all part time. Students who successfully complete the Certificate / Diploma can progress onto the MSc Applied Professional Studies (Policing Studies) by submission of a Dissertation.


Academic Year Home/EU Overseas
2012-13 £825 per 30 credit module £1,700 per 30 credit module
2013-14 £750 per 30 credit module £1,800 per 30 credit module
2014-15 £750 per 30 credit module £1,900 per 30 credit module


The SIPR Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Policing Studies have flexible entry and exit points to allow you to join the programme at the level appropriate to your education and experience. Requests for recognition of prior learning and experience for up to 50% of the programme may be considered by the Programme Director.

You must hold:

Download and complete our Taught Postgraduate Application Form PDF or Word format.

Further information, contact

Programme Administrator • School of Education, Social Work & Community Education College of Arts & Social Sciences • Tel. +44 (0) 1382 381122 •

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