Postgraduate Certificate Policing Studies, MSc Applied Professional Studies (Policing Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Policing Studies
The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) Postgraduate Diploma 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 will draw
on the world-class expertise of Scotland’s universities and will provide an innovative, relevant, and
interdisciplinary programme for all those involved in policing.
The Postgraduate Diploma will comprise four 30 credit modules, selected from the following:
• Theories, concepts and models of policing, led by the University of the West of Scotland
• Education and Social Research, led by the University of Dundee
• Managing and controlling crime led by the University of Glasgow
• Management and leadership in policing organisations, led by Robert Gordon University
• Social identity and the makings of community: anxiety, threat and security, led by St Andrews University
• Further modules may become available over time
Who is it for?
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.
How is it delivered?
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 diploma can progress onto an MSc
This programme is accredited by the University of Dundee at level 11 of the Scottish Qualifications Framework