This programme builds on Royal Holloway’s strong links to the police service. It is aimed at students already working for the police or who aspire to join the police.
The programme incorporates interdisciplinary perspectives and embraces the notion of inter-professional working.
Having graduated, you will have developed your problem solving and social research skills along with data analysis and interpersonal skills.
This course will be run as part of a suite of postgraduate programmes being offered by the School of Law. As such, options will be available to take in both our Social Work and Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Masters modules.
- Develop a critical understanding of the evolution of strategic policing in the UK and its future challenges.
- Consider changes to police governance and accountability.
- Examine evidence-based policing and research methods.
- Continuity and Change: Strategic Policing in the 21st Century
- Evidence-Based Practise and Research Methods in Policing
- Dissertation in Policing
There are a number of optional course modules available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course modules that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new modules may be offered or existing modules may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.
In this module you will develop an understanding of computer crime and its history, looking at legal measures such as computer misuse, data protection, criminal damage, software piracy, forgery, and investigative powers. You will examine case studies with emphasis on investigations into hacking, computer misuse and forensics, considering malware such as computer viruses, denial of service attacks and trojan horses. You will also gain an insight into issues that may arise in the future for example, the expansion of the internet, pornography, unsuitable material, and social engineering.
In this module you will examine the theories, concepts and issues surrounding the role of media in war and conflict in the early twenty-first century. The post-9/11 global security situation and the 2003 Iraq war have prompted a marked increase in interest in questions concerning media, war and conflict, and you look at the relationships between media, governments, military, and audiences/publics, in light of old, new, and potential future security events. You will develop an understanding of the theories of media effects in conflict situations, covering a number of important themes, including embedding, sanitisation, legitimacy, and terrorism and publicity. You will explore the role of ethics, technology, and professional norms that inform war reporting, analysing a range of media with consideration for conceptual, theoretical and methodological issues in light of ongoing conflicts around the world.
- Terrorist Use of the Internet
- Transnational Organised Crime
- Risk and Decision-Making in Policing
- Policing and the Community
- Policing and Vulnerability
- The Psychology of Terrorism
- The Israel Palestinian Conflict: A Global Perspective
- Terrorism, the Media and Communication
Teaching & assessment
You will take two core modules worth 30 credits each and complete a dissertation worth 40 credits. You will also chose three optional modules worth 20 credits each.
Law, Criminology, Psychology, Politics or another subject from the social sciences
Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in Law, Criminology, Psychology, Politics or another subject from the social sciences. However we will consider a high 2:2.
Candidates with professional qualifications and/or relevant industry experience in an associated area will also be considered.
Where a ‘good 2:2’ is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above.
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start. Find out what scores we require.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please see here.
Your future career
The degree is designed to be directly applicable to your working environment and to satisfy your aspirations to develop your career further, both by offering modules that are aligned with many of the strategic priorities that lie ahead for policing and through offering option modules that enable you to specialise in particular areas.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £7700
International students tuition fee per year**: £17400
Other essential costs***: -
* and ** These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying on the standard part-time course structure over two years are charged 50% of the full-time applicable fee for each study year. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. This means that the overall cost of studying the programme via part-time mode is slightly higher than studying it full-time in one year. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees see our terms and conditions.
Please note that for research programmes, we adopt the minimum fee level recommended by the UK Research Councils for the Home/EU tuition fee. Each year, the fee level is adjusted in line with inflation (currently, the measure used is the Treasury GDP deflator). Fees displayed here are therefore subject to change and are usually confirmed in the spring of the year of entry. For more information on the Research Council Indicative Fee please see the RCUK website.
*** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.