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Police Studies degrees abroad

Police studies and policing degrees aim to give you an understanding of contemporary policing and criminal justice processes. You will learn about the realities of police work, and explore the challenges, tensions, and complexities of working in the police force.

A degree in police studies can give you a mixture of academic and practical skills that will prepare you for a successful career in policing.

It’s possible to study police studies in a number of countries around the world, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Most programs will cover the police and justice system of the country you’re studying in, so it makes sense to study in the same country you hope to work in the future.

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Police Studies program structure

You can study police studies at undergraduate level as a certificate, foundation or bachelor’s program. A bachelor’s in police studies is usually offered as a BSc, and some universities offer similar courses under a different name, for example policing, policing studies, or professional policing.

If you study in a US liberal arts college, you may be able to study police studies as a major or minor subject. It’s also possible to study at master’s or even doctorate levels, but these are often offered in specialized areas of the subject.

Teaching on most police studies will be a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars. You will also be expected to do a large amount of individual study, and you’ll be assessed through exams, coursework and presentations.

The precise program structure and content will depend on several factors including the university and country you study in, and the level of program you take. As an example of some of the subjects you could study, here are some common police study degree modules:

  • Law and policing
  • Legal systems
  • Criminology
  • Forms of crime
  • Cybercrime
  • Criminal investigation
  • Victims and crime
  • Research methods

Police Studies study abroad programs

Police studies undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in police studies

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    Police Studies with Criminal Investigation - BSc (Hons) Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,305 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,150 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Criminal Justice: Policing - BA (Hons) Nipissing University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,208 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,600 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Criminology and Criminal Justice: Policing (Downtown Phoenix Campus) - BS Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International), USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,760 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,760 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Criminology and Policing - BA (Hons) Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,114 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Policing & Community Well-Being - BA Trent University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,177 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,191 CAD

    Start date
    January, May
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Associate in police studies

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    Administration of Justice: Police Science - AA/Cert Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Associate/Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,740 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in police studies

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    Justice Studies: Police Foundations (Miramichi Campus) - Dip New Brunswick Community College, Canada
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,014 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,580 CAD

    Start date
    April, September
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    Police and Investigations: Police Studies - Dip MacEwan University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,572 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,000 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Police Foundations - OCDip Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,013 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,407 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Police Foundations - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,292 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,154 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Police Foundations - OCDip Sault College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,071 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,121 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in police studies

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    Administration of Justice: Police Science - AA/Cert Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Associate/Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,740 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Police studies graduate programs

Master's in police studies

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    Forensic Psychology, Crime Scene Evidence and Policing - MPhil Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,521 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, February, June
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Doctorate in police studies

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    Forensic Psychology, Crime Scene Evidence and Policing - PhD Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,521 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, February, June
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Certificate in police studies

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    Advanced Police Studies - GradCert Conestoga College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,344 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,225 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Future police studies careers

Many graduates with a police studies degree look to start a career in law enforcement. There are a number of positions you could look to take, but some may require additional qualifications. Some roles you could pursue include:

  • Police officer
  • Prison officer
  • Community officer
  • Private security
  • Forensic examiner
  • Criminal lawyer

Check what qualification each degree will give you. For example, most police studies programs will not qualify you to work as a police officer, but will give you a strong academic understanding of the role.

Police studies programs will also give you a number of transferable skills that could help you find a career in a range of sectors including business, finance or education.