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University of Portsmouth: Police Leadership (Distance Learning) (Degree Apprenticeship)

Institution University of Portsmouth View institution profile
Department Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Telephone 023 9284 5566
Study type Taught



If you're ready to step up to senior leadership within the police force in England and Wales, this online Master’s Degree Apprenticeship in Police Leadership will prepare you for promotion while you continue your job in the police or criminal justice sector.

We've been running pioneering training courses for police forces around the UK for many years, setting the standard for strategic police leadership. This course will give you the academic and professional progression you need to lead and support your officers, and shape your force’s role in society. As it's a degree apprenticeship, the Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so it doesn’t cost you anything.

You'll spend 20 percent of your time studying via distance learning and the rest of your time working as normal. Through your studies you'll develop leaderships skills in a wide range of policing disciplines – including policy-making, governance and resource management – which you can start to put into action immediately in your job.

Supported by expert academics involved in research at the forefront of the field, you'll also gain experience of managing critical incidents through access to our Hydra Learning Suite, an immersive tool for making strategic decisions under pressure.

When you graduate, you'll have refined the skills, knowledge and behaviours of a confident and capable leader within the police force, and be eligible for accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Eligibility This course only accepts UK and EU students. Unfortunately, we can't accept international students on this course.

Application deadline The application deadline for this course is Friday 12 August 2022.

What you'll experience - Earn a Master's degree in police leadership while you earn a salary

  • Build your leadership skills on a course that's based on the continuing development of the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) – allowing you to develop the most up-to-date skills demanded in professional policing

  • Customise your studies to reflect your operational interests by choosing from a range of optional subjects, such as corruption and fraud, missing persons, money laundering, and victimology

  • Learn from academics, researchers and practitioners from our School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, one of the largest criminology departments in the UK

  • Discuss topics and network with fellow police and criminal justice practitioners through online lectures and seminars

  • Qualify for accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) when you graduate, and be entitled to discounted CMI membership during your studies

Careers and opportunities This Master's Degree Apprenticeship in Police Leadership will develop you as a senior leader in the police force, ready to lead teams, champion for change, and plan strategically.

You'll be set to act as an ambassador for your organisation, working closely with and influencing external partners and key stakeholders at a higher organisational level.

The course aligns to the Senior Leader apprenticeship standard and, when you graduate, you'll also be able to attain accreditation by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

This course will prepare you for police leadership roles such as: - Associate director

  • Chief executive officer

  • Chief financial officer

  • Chief information officer

  • Chief operating officer

  • Divisional head

  • Executive director

  • Warrant officer

Course structure This Master's Degree Apprenticeship will take 2 years (part-time study).

You can expect:

  • 1 day of off-the-job (otj) training each week. You'll spend the other 4 days in your role carrying out your ongoing duties.

  • 12-15 hours of independent study each week. All core material will be available online at all times so you can create your own study schedule around work or other commitments.


University of Portsmouth


‘I already feel so much more confident applying for jobs.’

Anna, Master’s student at the University of Portsmouth

 Why Portsmouth?
A stronger sense of direction. Opportunities to specialise and further your prospects. A big step towards achieving your ambitions. Portsmouth is a university where you can connect with great people and businesses, and unlock career possibilities.

Taught qualification or independent research? On-campus teaching or online part-time study? At Portsmouth, you can choose from a wide range of subjects and modes of study.

  •    5***** rated for excellence in the QS World University rankings 2022
  • 86% satisfaction with course …
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