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Postgraduate

Mode: Full/Part-time

Time: 2 - 10 years

Studying a postgraduate qualification can improve your knowledge and skills, enhance your CPD, and help develop you career prospects. The Open University has a variety of OU Postgraduate Qualifications that can suit your professional interests and match your available study time. These range from Postgraduate Certificates, Diplomas and Masters Degree Qualifications.

In consultation with the OU Policing Consortium and The College of Policing a specially designed Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence Based Practice has been developed for police officers and staff.

Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence Based Practice (PG Cert)

Mode: Part-Time

Time: 1 - 2 years

Credits: 60

The PGCert is designed for police officers and managers working in the police service in a variety of capacities. It aims to develop a deeper understanding of the use of evidence based practice. In particular it provide practical guidance on using research evidence within a workplace project and in carrying out your daily activities.

A postgraduate qualification is equivalent to Level 7 in the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), as recommended by The College of Policing.

OU Postgraduate Qualifications

The OU offers three types of Postgraduate qualifications: a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters Degree. The flexible structure for these qualifications enables you to study for a Certificate, then count it towards a Diploma and stop there, or carry on towards a Masters. Each award is a valuable qualification in its own right, and will help you take your career to the next level.

A selection of OU Postgraduate Certificates that are appropriate to the police are shown below:

There are many more Postgraduate Qualifications on offer than those shown here; please see the full list of Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas and Master Degrees.

Postgraduate Certificates (PGCert)

Mode: Part-Time

Time: 1 year

Credits: 60

A Postgraduate Certificate is the first step on the way to a Masters Degree. Although it is a valuable qualification in its own right, it is an ideal qualification for professional and career development.

Postgraduate Diplomas (PGDip)

Mode: Part-Time

Time: 2 year

Credits: 120

A Postgraduate Diploma can deepen your academic, technical knowledge and skills, providing a boost to your professional career. This widely recognised qualification is equivalent to two thirds of a Masters Degree.

Masters Degree (MA/MSc/MBA)

Mode: Part-Time

Time: 3 year

Credits: 180

A Masters Degree is a universal, internationally respected qualification that can enhance your career prospects. Obtaining a Masters Qualification provides the necessary progression route to a PhD Research Degree.

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  • Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration

    This qualification will enable you make a real difference within your management practice through active use of frameworks, theories and tools. It challenges you to engage with a wide variety of ideas and develop a repertoire of techniques and approaches applicable to your own context. It will help you make sense of and work with organisational complexity, and apply your new understanding in your own work.
    Duration: 
    7-12 months
    Course code: 
    C66
    Credit: 
    60
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development

    This certificate presents a framework for looking at the origins of all kinds of conflict – from civil wars to community disturbances – and introduces the theory, policy and practice of intervention. It explores the nature of development from an international perspective, and is relevant to work in a wide range of contexts, including post-war support operations, and conflict resolution around gender, class or ethnicity.
    Duration: 
    1 year
    Course code: 
    C67
    Credit: 
    60
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence Based Policing

    The PGCert is designed for police officers and managers working in the police service in a variety of capacities. It aims to develop a deeper understanding of the use of evidence-based practice, and provide practical guidance of how to use research evidence within a project in the workplace and when carrying out your daily activities.
    Duration: 
    1 year
    Credit: 
    60
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights and Development Management

    This certificate will appeal to an international audience with an interest in human rights law and development in the context of business practices. It is designed to facilitate constructive and informed decision making, giving you a thorough grounding in all areas of corporate social responsibility from domestic to global contexts. You will develop the skills needed to help and encourage organisations to respect human rights, avoid harm to people and the environment, and maximise their positive contribution to sustainable development. 
    Duration: 
    7-12 months
    Course code: 
    C96
    Credit: 
    60
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Systems Thinking in Practice

    The discipline of systems thinking gives you the tools to challenge your approach to complex situations. In this course you will learn to think more holistically, understanding the roles other people play, taking account of the interconnectedness of all the components making up the problem situation and working more collaboratively.
    Duration: 
    1 year
    Course code: 
    C72
    Credit: 
    60

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  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

    This innovative course is designed to develop a wide range of interdisciplinary skills that you can apply in your own workplace as you develop. You will gain a solid foundation in core management disciplines, including human resource management, organisational behaviour, accounting and finance, marketing and operations – learning to apply your knowledge to analyse, synthesise and evaluate a wide range of situations.
    Duration: 
    18 months - 5 years
    Course code: 
    E80
    Credit: 
    120
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Science

    This postgraduate qualification is designed for those with an academic or professional interest in mental health science and the biological and psychological underpinnings of this discipline. It equips students with the necessary skills to critically evaluate the current literature, discuss contemporary issues and communicate a critical understanding of key topics in mental health science.
    Duration: 
    18 months -4 years
    Course code: 
    E91
    Credit: 
    120
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Thinking in Practice

    This diploma course develops your ability to approach and tackle complex, messy problem situations, providing practical tools that will help bring new perspectives and approaches to problem solving. It may well change how you think about a task and situation. You will consider the roles other people play, reflect on your own and others’ practice and assess how the different components within a situation are related.
    Duration: 
    2 years
    Course code: 
    E28
    Credit: 
    120

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  • MA in Crime and Justice

    This masters degree explores new perspectives and ways of thinking about crime, harm and justice. It is concerned with examining problematic areas of social life, transgression, ‘crime’, social harm and justice in an increasingly global world. You will consider the significance of power, social structure, and economic and social inequalities in understanding ‘crime’, processes of criminalisation, and ideas about justice.
    Duration: 
    2 - 10 years
    Course code: 
    F75
    Credit: 
    180
  • Master of Business Administration

    This triple-accredited MBA course is designed for practising managers aspiring to higher positions. The emphasis for your learning is directly rooted in management practice. You will focus on strategic analysis, interdisciplinary skills, intellectual stimulation and independent judgement – building on a solid foundation of core disciplines, including human resource management, organisational behaviour, accounting and finance, marketing and operations.
    Duration: 
    2 - 7 years
    Course code: 
    F61
    Credit: 
    180
  • Master of Laws

    This qualification is designed to consider the role and place of law in an increasingly globalised world. It takes a critical legal approach to study, using different perspectives and case studies to illustrate topical legal issues. You will explore various aspects, such as the interaction of law, law making bodies, institutions and regulators in an international context, the role of law in an increasingly global society, and the role of states.
    Duration: 
    3 - 7 years
    Course code: 
    F64
    Credit: 
    180
  • MSc in Forensic Psychological Studies

    This masters degree enables you to gain an advanced understanding of the fascinating area of forensic psychology, while enhancing your analytical and communication skills, as well as your research literacy. You will also develop an understanding of the reciprocal relationship this field of research has with UK law, legal practice, policy, public opinion and the media.
    Duration: 
    2 - 10 years
    Course code: 
    F73
    Credit: 
    180
  • MSc in Mental Health Science

    This postgraduate qualification is designed for those with an academic or professional interest in mental health science and the biological and psychological underpinnings of this discipline. It equips students with the necessary skills to critically evaluate the current literature, discuss contemporary issues and communicate a critical understanding of key topics in mental health science.
    Duration: 
    2 - 7 years
    Course code: 
    F78
    Credit: 
    180
  • MSc in Psychology

    This masters degree provides a valuable opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of a range of fields in psychology, including cognitive, social, forensic and counselling psychology. It aims to develop critical appraisal skills in psychology research and practice. You also gain an understanding of the reciprocal relationship psychological research has with medicine, public policy, public opinion and the media.
    Duration: 
    2 - 10 years
    Course code: 
    F74
    Credit: 
    180
  • MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice

    This MSc course explores the way we think about and approach tasks or situations. Everyone brings with them their own perspective, which means that we all see things in different ways. The discipline of systems thinking in practice will provide you with the tools to challenge your approach to complex situations, consider the roles other people play, and assess how different components within those situations are related.
    Duration: 
    minimum - 3 years
    Course code: 
    F74
    Credit: 
    180

Fees and Funding

All OU Postgraduate Qualifications comprise of a series of modules. Each module has a fee and you’ll pay for each module separately - in other words, you don’t pay for your whole qualification in advance.

Learn more about how much the different Postgraduate Qualifications Cost and how you can plan to finance your studies.

Preparing for Postgraduate Study

You don’t necessarily need formal qualifications to study at postgraduate level, but it’s important to make sure that you’re ready for the demands involved.

To find our more about what type of study skills you will need, how long a postgraduate qualification will take, and information about transferring existing credit go to Preparing for Postgraduate Study.

A Guide to Postgraduate Study

You can find detailed information about entry requirements in the qualification descriptions.

If you have any questions about Postgraduate Qualifications there is a useful Guide to Postgraduate Study that provides further practical information when considering embarking on a postgraduate qualification.