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International Policing

Coventry University
London, Great Britain
2 Years

Program Description

Taught entirely at our London campus, the MPA International Policing course, upon successful completion 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 explores 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 aim to 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 have previously included former National Policing Improvement Agency and College of Policing strategic leadership instructors and other senior international policing professionals (subject to availability).

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 could 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.

Entry Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree
Degree from State Technical Institute
English Level
Professional Experience
Required working experience related to the Program
More than 5 years

Information about requirements:

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

More requirements:

  • Academic transcripts

Other accepted qualifications:

  • 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.

Other accepted English qualifications and information:

  • SELT
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
  • 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.



Workshops to develop MPA-level research methods and skills

Safety, Security and Protection (20 credits)

Global Professional Development (10 credits)

Strategic Policy Development and Implementation (20 credits)

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