The MPA International Policing course 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.
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.
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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