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International Policing MPA 2017/18 entry

Course code:

AHT012

Study options:

2 years part-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

The MPA International Policing provides the leadership skills necessary for handling large, complex and fast-changing organisations dedicated to public order, safety and security.

The course brings together mid-to-senior level professional policing practitioners from around the world to collaboratively explore change and reform, and investigate how best to provide leadership in handling change and driving sustainable continuous professional development. The MPA also enhances the professional and organisational effectiveness of policing leaders in tackling crime and enhancing public safety, public confidence and the rule of law.

As well as utilising academic expertise, we assure the quality and currency of the course and learning experience by incorporating the first-hand knowledge and understanding of highly-experienced policing practitioners from international and UK policing networks. Notable examples include former National Policing Improvement Agency and College of Policing strategic leadership instructors and other senior international policing professionals.

Benefitting both individuals and their organisations, the course is tailored towards the needs and career demands of mid-to-senior managers working at executive level in the area of policing, whether as police officers or as professionals formulating and implementing policing policy in a wider context. As such, individuals who would benefit from this course include serving police officers, former police officers seeking to work in the expanding field of security sector reform, policy formulators at local and international level, practitioners involved in national and local government-level development initiatives in policing management, and individuals working in inter-governmental organisations, as well as those working in national and international non-governmental and private sector initiatives.

The qualification of Master of Public Administration is a recognised and valued professional post-graduate degree for those working in public administration and public policy management, local, regional and national government, and increasingly the non-governmental sector.

To be accepted on the course, you need a minimum of five years’ experience of mid-to-senior level management in the area of policing, which will be individually evaluated prior to acceptance on the course, allowing the first 60 out of 180 credits of the MPA to be awarded by Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

You will have the opportunity to take Global Professional Development, a module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute, becoming an affiliate member of the CMI during your period of study.

If you successfully complete the module and meet the CMI evidence requirements, as well as completing 10 credits towards the final award, you will gain a L7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership and a L7 Award in Professional Consulting.

Course information

The core course objectives are: 

  • To explore organisational leadership; strategic analysis and planning; policy formulation to deliver successful and ethical policing; operational effectiveness and change management;
  • To develop personal skills in critical thinking and analysis; research practice and evaluation; time management; and reflective practice;
  • To reflect on contemporary threats to security and safety and how to address these threats, as well as to develop responses to the impact of social change on policing.


Strategic leadership runs through the taught modules, with policing change and reform a strategic imperative for many countries today. It is increasingly important for individuals, organisations and/or sponsors to know they can access pragmatic, evidence-based leadership development, but also that it is accredited by an established and well-regarded institution.

Strategic leaders should understand the principles of good leadership and encourage their staff to implement and practice these, whilst operational and tactical supervisors need to utilise strategic practice in their day-to-day management and leadership.

The MPA’s professional benefit is that it aims to build strategic capacity not only in you, but also underpins change and reform in strategic leadership, policy formulation and effective operational delivery within your organisation. 

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Semester One

    • Workshops to develop MPA-level research methods and skills
    • Safety, Security and Protection (20 credits)
  • Semesters 2 and 3

    • Global Professional Development (10 credits) 
    • Strategic Policy Development and Implementation (20 credits)

Overview

Modules

  • Semester 4

    • Workshops to design final project and initial face-to-face tutorials with supervisors
    • Leading and Managing Organisational Change (20 credits)
  • Semesters 5 and 6

    • Online supervision and support for Policing Research Project (50 credits)

In more detail...

  • Access to a global network of policing professionals and senior leaders
  • The skills to apply, in practice, strategic thinking in professional development and policing
  • A course delivered at Coventry University’s modern campus in central London with the opportunity to take advantage of London-based research centres and libraries
  • Continuous Professional Development through being exposed to practice-orientated MPA-level teaching and learning, leading to a Masters’ qualification from an internationally-recognised university
  • Integrated affiliate membership of the Chartered Management Institute for the duration of the course with the opportunity to gain additional CMI accredited qualifications and make use of the CMI’s extensive research resources available

Access to the UK police service, including strategic and operational programme study visits

The MPA is relevant within the international security and justice sector because it addresses strategic level leadership, policy, change and operational issues in an integrated manner across three levels of development – professional, organisational and personal. In terms of professional development, the course explores key contemporary issues and threats, including organised crime, terrorism, cyber-crime, human trafficking and people smuggling, the role of regional and international policing organisations, managing major crime, managing major incidents, anti-corruption strategies, using intelligence, proceeds of crime, the use of social media, human rights, and ethics and diversity. 

In terms of organisational development, the course explores concepts and processes including strategy and strategic vision, strategic planning, executive decision making, strategic analysis, environmental scanning, the management toolbox, resource/action planning, writing a strategy document, organisational culture, stakeholders, networking, building partnerships, change management, budgeting, futures, competency based assessment and interviews, and performance management. 

Personal development involves exploring skills and competencies including learning and researching approaches, personality and behaviour, team building, managing teams, leadership, time management, appraisals, attendance management, conflict management, personal development and reflective practice. 

The course has been devised as a two-year, part-time course. You will need to achieve 180 credits to be awarded the title `Master of Public Administration’. Assuming you satisfy the conditions, the first 60 credits of the MPA are awarded by Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning.

The remaining 120 credits have been designed with the needs of mid-to-senior policing professionals in mind. The course will be taught through blended learning with some conventional face-to-face delivery replaced by structured online delivery. Recognising that you only have limited opportunity for study leave from your organisation, the four taught modules are delivered in three short intensive blocs. These will last for two weeks, incorporating ten working days spent mainly in workshops delivered at the Coventry University London Campus. There will also be opportunities for delegates to visit UK police forces and institutions.

Much of the ‘lecture’ content will be uploaded to the virtual learning environment as videos well in advance of the intensive teaching blocs, allowing you to digest the instructional elements of the modules and enabling contact time in the workshops to be devoted to productive and challenging interactive teaching and learning. In particular, the international and experiential diversity of the cohorts lends itself to peer learning methods, including combining expertise and experience to solve real-life problems related to the topics under investigation. You will be advised well in advance of the content of intensive blocs to discuss suitable problems for discussion with managers and colleagues in your own organisation. Other interactive methods employed on the course include disruptive learning, simulations and table-top role playing exercises.  

Developing the capacity for independent, time-constrained study is an important transferable skill at postgraduate level. To successfully complete the taught modules will involve time spent in workshops with the module leader and other facilitators, time spent engaged in online guided study and self-guided study. For example, the 10 credit Global Professional Development module will consist of 12% face-to-face workshops delivered over two days, 48% online guided study time with dedicated materials before and after the intensive teaching bloc, and 40% of self-guided study time. Each of the three 20-credit modules will be delivered in two-week intensive face-to-face teaching blocs divided into appropriate workshops with an additional week of structured online guided tasks. 

In addition to the contact time during the intensive teaching blocs, additional academic support will be given through the virtual learning environment and will include the opportunity to participate in online tutorials. Likewise, supervision for the final project will constitute a blend of face-to-face tutorials during the intensive teaching blocs and online tutorials.

Assignments are an intrinsic part of the teaching and learning strategy and the overarching philosophy of the course, being aligned to you and your organisation’s needs. Following the delivery of each module, you will be required to write a 3,000-word response to the core policing leadership, policy and operational areas explored during the workshops, and to relate your response to a case study directly applicable to your own organisation. You will also be required to complete an assignment during each intensive bloc. This might be an individual or group presentation or an in-class test.

The 15,000-word research project that concludes the course will respond to priority leadership, policy, organisational or operational strategic developments that your organisation has pre-selected prior to you completing the research design for the project. As well as the most important individual piece of assessed work, this final project is an opportunity for you to produce a valuable piece of research for your organisation, supported by a dedicated supervisor from the University and additional advice from experienced policing professionals.

Successful completion of all modules and the final project is required in order to be awarded the title `Master of Public Administration’. Candidates achieving a 70% average may be awarded a ‘Distinction’. Candidates achieving a 60% average may be awarded a ‘Merit’. Delegates who fail to achieve the 180 credits for the Masters can be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate if they achieve 60 credits.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Formulate, appraise and articulate personal leadership and management skills through self-reflection, critical analytical thinking and awareness of personal effectiveness;
  • Critically evaluate different theoretical approaches and frameworks for understanding how and why change occurs, or does not occur, in society and organisationally, within the context of policing;
  • Analyse rationales and methods for applying leadership, change and risk management models and their appropriateness in relation to local, national and international policing interventions;
  • Demonstrate research and problem-solving skills relating to context-specific case-studies;
  • Critically analyse and assess methodologies to best protect society and the individual;
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team to assess and address security threats
  • Analyse existing policing practice in local, national and transnational contexts;
  • Critically evaluate the policing responses to local insecurity and vulnerabilities engendered by local and transnational threats;
  • Interrogate the impact of global political, social and technological change on the policing agenda, including its relevance within a local, national and regional context;
  • Critically analyse the impact on policy formulation and implementation of political, economic, organisational, inter-agency, cultural and ethical dimensions;
  • Research, design and write a 15,000-word research project in an appropriate style on a problem or case study from within the delegate’s own organisation, based on the delegate’s own research and on the theories and data of recognised authorities in the field.

Total contact time over the ten working days of each intensive teaching bloc will be 70 hours. You will also be required to undertake guided and self-directed study using the virtual learning environment and will be able to participate in online academic tutorials with their lecturers and their project supervisors through a combination of online communications methods. 

International policing is a recognised discipline in its own right. The face-to-face workshops that take place in the intensive teaching blocs provide a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing and you will be able to draw on the wide range of experience and expertise brought to the course by your peers, academics and policing professionals.

You are also offered the opportunity to take part in international study trips exploring core themes in international policing (subject to availability and additional costs), notably a trip to Sicily to explore innovative policing methods being used by the local law enforcement and criminal justice institutions to address the threats of organised crime, human trafficking and people smuggling. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

You should hold an honours degree at 2:2 or above, or an equivalent international grade/qualification, from a recognised university.

Applications from those who do not hold an honours degree at 2:2 or above, but can demonstrate at least five years’ work experience in a relevant field will also be considered. In this case, an evaluation of your capacity to complete the programme successfully, including assessment, where appropriate, through an admissions interview and review of a sample of your writing will take place.

Portfolio

You must also have a minimum of five years’ evidenced work experience in the broad area of policing, including in organisations providing public order, safety and security, and be working in a relevant role at the level of middle management or above at the time of application, or have worked in a relevant role at the level of middle management or above within 12 months of the date of application. Decisions are based on a careful evaluation of the your Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning form and portfolio, an admissions interview, and an assessment of your capacity to complete the programme successfully.

You should hold an honours degree at 2:2 or above, or an equivalent international grade/qualification, from a recognised university.

Applications from those who do not hold an honours degree at 2:2 or above, but can demonstrate at least five years’ work experience in a relevant field will also be considered. In this case, an evaluation of your capacity to complete the programme successfully, including assessment, where appropriate, through an admissions interview and review of a sample of your writing will take place.

Portfolio

You must also have a minimum of five years’ evidenced work experience in the broad area of policing, including in organisations providing public order, safety and security, and be working in a relevant role at the level of middle management or above at the time of application, or have worked in a relevant role at the level of middle management or above within 12 months of the date of application. Decisions are based on a careful evaluation of the your Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning form and portfolio, an admissions interview, and an assessment of your capacity to complete the programme successfully.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5 or above. Pre-sessional English courses are available if required.

Where applicants do not hold up-to-date IELTS certification, we will look at whether you have previously studied and successfully completed a Higher Education qualification in English. Where you do not hold such a qualification, entry will be at the discretion of the Course Director and subject to a review of documentation and an interview. 

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

You should hold an honours degree at 2:2 or above, or an equivalent international grade/qualification, from a recognised university.

Applications from those who do not hold an honours degree at 2:2 or above, but can demonstrate at least five years’ work experience in a relevant field will also be considered. In this case, an evaluation of your capacity to complete the programme successfully, including assessment, where appropriate, through an admissions interview and review of a sample of your writing will take place.

Portfolio

You must also have a minimum of five years’ evidenced work experience in the broad area of policing, including in organisations providing public order, safety and security, and be working in a relevant role at the level of middle management or above at the time of application, or have worked in a relevant role at the level of middle management or above within 12 months of the date of application. Decisions are based on a careful evaluation of the your Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning form and portfolio, an admissions interview, and an assessment of your capacity to complete the programme successfully.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5 or above. Pre-sessional English courses are available if required.

Where applicants do not hold up-to-date IELTS certification, we will look at whether you have previously studied and successfully completed a Higher Education qualification in English. Where you do not hold such a qualification, entry will be at the discretion of the Course Director and subject to a review of documentation and an interview. 

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£16,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£16,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£16,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

The course will provide both an academically demanding experience and one which should be of significant practical use in your future career.

The ability to work across different cultures, manage teams and demonstrate problem-solving and critical analysis skills are key competencies in the changing professional policing landscape. During the course, you should gain practical leadership skills to critically evaluate and develop solutions for the types of complex, inter-related, multi-faceted problems faced by senior policing practitioners.

The MPA’s professional benefit is that it can be implemented across all levels in an organisation, and build strategic capacity not only in you, but also underpin change and reform in leadership, policy formulation and effective operational delivery within your organisation. At a strategic level, the MPA can allow an already experienced leader to test his/her organisational vision and experiment with alternative strategies to plan the future direction of the organisation. At an operational level, the MPA can enable a higher potential leader to cultivate the intellectual skills required to develop strategy, and to develop the practical skills needed to implement strategy at executive level. At this level the course supports delegates looking to apply for higher potential development initiatives or possible direct entry into the executive ranks of the organisation. At the level of implementation, the course will stimulate individuals with the drive and ambition to seek fast track promotion in their organisation.

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