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Policing PhD Scholarship: Police Education and Professionalisation

Canterbury Christ Church University - The School of Law, Criminal Justice & Policing

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Canterbury
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £13,000 yearly stipend, as well as £500 annually for conferences and events.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 23rd July 2019
Closes: 11th September 2019
Reference: REQ00877

The School of Law, Criminal Justice & Policing are inviting applications for one funded full-time scholarship aimed at police education and professionalisation. 

Canterbury Christ Church University have a long history in police education and training and is one of the leading university policing providers in the UK. The Police Education Qualification Framework (PEQF) has been introduced by the College of Policing as the professional education framework for police officers and staff. Recently, the School were successful in securing a contract, as part of a consortium, to deliver police apprenticeships to three police services. The School will be delivering apprenticeship policing degree, degree holder pathways and in-service policing degrees at undergraduate level as well as postgraduate policing programmes. 

The School also contains the Canterbury Centre for Policing Research (CCPR) that hosts an annual conference, round table events and a lecture series. The CCPR promotes the work of research students and staff across the School and seeks to engage with policing professions in the UK and beyond. The successful candidate will join a thriving research environment and will be part of the CCPR benefiting from the networks and contacts established by staff within the School. 

The PhD proposal should focus on police education and/police professionalisation on the proposal form. Candidates are encouraged to be provide clear research questions in their applications and consider the research design in terms of its feasibility and suitability in relation to the application/proposal submitted.  Candidates are expected to be based at the Canterbury Campus on a full-time basis and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of policing in the United Kingdom.

The scholarship includes payment of fees and a GBP 13,000 yearly stipend, as well as GBP 500 annually for conferences and events. The supervision team will be academics from the school with a background in policing research. The successful candidate will have access to the university Graduate School facilities. The start date is flexible to the availability of the successful candidate, but we would anticipate registration being no later than January.

Applicants are required to complete the university PhD application form, references and provide a CV.

For further questions on the scholarship, proposal or application process please contact Professor Stephen Tong

Candidates selected for interview will be expected to deliver a 10-minute presentation on their PhD proposal outlining the research questions and proposed research design.


Please note that applications received through the vacancies portal will not be considered.

Click here for details on the application process

Under the heading 'Apply now for your research degree' click on the PhD/MPhil heading

You will see an application form and a referee's form.

Referees Form - Two academic referees must provide an assessment of your academic ability and email the reference on the form provided to by the application deadline.

Proposal form - complete the proposal form - upload form during application (through the portal).

Submission Process:

1) Click on the Portal button 

2) Select 'apply for a course' 

3) Select Year of Study 2019-20

4) Keyword search 'policing'

5) Select PRHPDPOLICE MPhil/PhD Policing - then the full-time option

6) Follow instructions on portal

Deadlines for applications for this scholarship: Wednesday 11th September 2019 noon.

Keep the date free for presentation and interviews. Short listed candidates will be invited to attend the Canterbury Campus in Canterbury between 1000-1430 hrs on Friday 27th September 2019.  

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