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Master of Science in Policing


The Master of Science in Policing provides you with a deep academic understanding of issues related to strategic policing jobs in a network-driven context, nationally and internationally. As an MSc in Policing graduate you are a reflective practitioner and eminently suitable for the coordination of operational tactics or strategies, or for supportive tasks at a strategic level of policing or law enforcement. You can play a role in (inter) national police cooperation or act as an advisor or discussant for decision-makers within the police and other law enforcement agencies. You have the ability to transform academic findings into operational recommendations and tactical scenarios. You can convert practical policing outcomes or investigative activities into managerial reports for police forces, justice authorities and public administration bodies. You can explore and develop policing strategies from a multidisciplinary perspective, strategies that are also beneficial for police partners. You can carry-out evaluations or case-studies as a basis for new policing concepts or organisational improvements.

Unique Programme

The MSc in Policing, an academic master, is the result of the longstanding collaboration between the Police Academy of the Netherlands and Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) in the UK. It is a unique programme, both in the Netherlands and abroad. First, in its focus on the policing perspective. Second, the programme facilitates an academic learning environment within the police organisation, making it possible to directly connect scientific findings and police practice in order to improve the police profession. It gives you the opportunity to work in various departments of the Dutch police organization and to create a broad network. It provides the academic freedom to examine preferred specific policing topics in-depth. The embeddedness of the MSc in the department of Knowledge & Research of the Police Academy, and the relatively small number of students, allows you to foster a close relationship with professional police researchers. In addition, the collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University and recently DHPol (Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei) adds to the international orientation and a broader perspective on policing. This combined learning environment is greatly appreciated by the students.

Joint MSc Degree

As a graduate you are entitled to an (inter)nationally recognised MSc title, granted by CCCU and the Police Academy of the Netherlands. The programme is validated as a Joint Degree by both CCCU and the NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation). As a consequence of the international outlook of the MSc, English is the language of communication and examination. You are expected to have a ‘good grasp’ of English.

Voor wie

The programme is open to police officers and police support staff from the Netherlands and abroad as well as members of related public administration institutes and private security agencies.


The curriculum consists of four modules, i.e. Policing Models, Police & Diversity, Police Legitimacy and International Policing, that are being assessed by a literature exam, a literature review, a case study, an essay and a research report (including a presentation). The generic module titles allow for addressing both recurrent and topical policing issues. You can explore a variety of self-chosen topics through the different assignments. In addition to the abovementioned course work, you have to write and defend a master thesis (called a dissertation in the UK).

The programme starts with an introduction week, which takes place in Canterbury. Over the course of a year and a half, each of the modules consists of a number of 'weeks' for classes, followed by single-day tutoring sessions (on average every 3-4 weeks). In between, you are expected to keep up with readings and assignments independently. The final year and a half is spent working on the final research assignments under supervision of a tutor.

Praktische informatie

Code: OP6_INS-2020.2020
Type: Opleiding
Examineringtype: Geen

Studielast totaal: 2520 sbu
Instituut: 2520 sbu

Duur: > 1 jaar
Geen locatie gevonden
Totaalprijs: niet individueel afneembaar

Indeling van het onderwijs

The programme comprises 90 ECTS (180 UK credits) and is registered as a part-time study. The time-table – one and a half academic year of teaching – allows for full-time as well part-time attendance. The nominal duration is three years. You have to enrol at both the Police Academy and CCCU.

Toelichting studielast

3 years, based on parttime attendance (20 hrs per week).

Overige informatie

After applying for the programme, an intake will follow to assess whether the applicant meets the acceptance criteria. After that, the applicant will be registered by the Police Academy and Canterbury Christ Church University. 
The new cohort starts September 2021. 

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Voor deze opleiding is momenteel geen startdatum beschikbaar.

Algemene instroomeisen

As an applicant for the programme you should possess one of the following degrees or equivalent:

  • a Dutch Bachelor of Policing Diploma or former equivalent at qualification level EQF6 
  • an award of any Dutch university or University of Applied Sciences, where the award demonstrates the ability to apply basic research methods
  • a UK bachelor’s degree with Honours
  • an equivalent (foreign) award, including research methods or equivalent experience


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