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Study police studies abroad

An in-depth guide to studying police studies as an international student.

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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.

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

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Police studies undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in police studies

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    Police Studies, Procedure and Investigation - BSc (Hons) (with foundation) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,577 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,150 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Police Studies - BSc John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA

    Program type
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,436 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,436 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Police Studies with Criminal Investigation - BSc (Hons) Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,055 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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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.