Policing BA (Hons)

Designed in conjunction with Leicestershire Police, Policing Studies with the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing puts you on the path to becoming a professional and reflective practitioner in the public or private policing sector. 


The course provides you with a broad understanding of policing while examining the causes, legal framework and responses to crime.

We are an approved provider with the College of Policing for the delivery and award of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) qualification

Reasons to study Policing at DMU:

  • 97.3% of our Health and Life Sciences graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
    According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report [above the sector average of 94.6%]

  • Tailor your learning to your career interests
    with one of two pathways: Contemporary Policing or Investigative Management

  • DMU has a strong relationships with Leicestershire Police
    ensuring that what you study is directly applicable to current practice

  • Volunteering as a Special Police Constable
    to develop your practice-based skills; preparing you for a range of employment opportunities within the police service where vacancies exist

  • Complete an 80 hour community placement
    enhancing your CV and making you more employable

  • Gain international expeience through our #DMUglobal programme
    which has enabled students to investigate state crime at the Auschwitz concentration camp, consider inequality and segregation in New York, and support refugees in Berlin

  • Join DMU’s student Policing and Criminology Societies

    enhancing your university experience through intellectually stimulating seminars and social events

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]

  • The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [Office for Students, 2017]


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 5N23

Duration: Three years full-time. Besides academic teaching you will also need to attend teaching as specified by Leicestershire Police. You will also have to undertake duties with the force that are outside the normal attendance requirement of the university.

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester UK, with some days spent at Leicestershire Police HQ and place of duty. You may also have to attend inter-professional education (IPE) sessions and community experiences that are not necessarily based at the university

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.



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Key facts for international students

This programme is not currently available to international students

Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language or English Literature

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of at least 104 points from two A levels with one subject at grade B or above


  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit

International Baccalaureate

  • 24+ points

Access Course 

  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE with at least 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. English GCSE required as separate qualification. Equivalency not accepted within the Access qualification. 

Interview required: No

Work experience required: No

You must also complete and pass the National Police Recruitment process, in conjunction with the Leicestershire Police. This will include criminal record and police checks as well as fitness/health checks. This will be undertaken at the beginning of the first term. 

Following this you will be required to attend a police assessment centre and upon successful completion you will be able to register as a special constable.


UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2019 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise



First Year

  • Researching Crime and Justice
  • Criminal Justice System and its Legislative Context
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • The Profession of Policing
  • Certificate in Knowledge of

Second Year

  • Leadership and Management of Contemporary Issues in Policing (I)
  • Researching for Effective Practice
  • Elective Module

Plus choose from either:

The Contemporary Policing pathway: Critical Incident Management and Leadership (1) 

Or, the Investigative Management pathway: Investigative Management and Leadership (1)

Third Year

  • Multi-Agency Working
  • Dissertation
  • Leadership and Management of Contemporary Issues in Policing (II)

Plus, depending on your chosen pathway:

The Contemporary Policing pathway: Critical Incident Management and Leadership (2)

Or, the Investigative Management pathway: Investigative Management and Leadership (2)


A variety of teaching methods, include:

  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Seminars
  • Desk-top exercises
  • Workshops
  • E-learning
  • Specialist guest lectures from practitioners
  • Visits to practitioners in action

Assessment methods include:

  • Essays
  • Examinations
  • Phase Tests
  • Presentations
  • Posters
  • Case-study critiques
  • Desk-top, simulated exercises
  • Policy books
  • Research Proposal
  • Dissertation

All of which will be developed as you progress through the course.

Your precise timetable will depend on your modules; however, typical teaching time is approximately 15 hours each week. In addition, you will also be expected to achieve approximately 20 hours of self-directed study.

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 15 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Medium group teaching: approx. 1 hour of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: approx. 14 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: approx. 20 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

In addition, you will attend in the region of 8 hours of inter-professional education (IPE) each academic year.

As a Special Constable you will be required to undertake a minimum of 16 hours of duty per month plus training. This could involve shift work and overtime depending upon the exigencies of duty as dictated by Leicestershire Police.

In the second year you will also have the opportunity to complete an 80 hours community placement should you opt to do so.

 DMU are licensed by the College of Policing to award the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilities

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The programme is practice-related and students will experience desk top exercises and visits to the crime scene house to enhance their real-world learning.

The DMU library is well-stocked with a range of books, journals, e-journals, videos and DVDs and is available for independent and group study.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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During your studies you will have the opportunity to join Leicestershire Police as a Special Constable and attain independent patrol.

Also you will have the opportunity (should you wish) to undertake an 80 hour community placement.

Students have the opportunity of an international experience via DMUglobal (subject to availability)

These learning experiences will enhance your real-world insight and understanding informing your dissertation in your final year.

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Graduate Careers

Graduates from the Policing Studies programme will be ideally equipped to apply for vacancies in the police service across the country.

Other opportunities also include roles in the private policing environment.

Opportunities also exist within a number of other agencies and related fields including;

  • Youth justice
  • Community safety and crime prevention
  • Domestic violence and victim support
  • Prisons and probation
  • Drug and alcohol services

Graduates can also choose to continue their professional development by enrolling on one of our postgraduate courses.



International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.


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