The BSC Policing Network strives to support and represent the interests of post-graduate researchers.
We are keen to hear from those who have a matter that they would like to raise with the network, an idea for blog or to let us know if you are organizing events that might be of interest to post-graduate researchers.
Please contact Dr Louise Westmarland – Louise.Westmarland@open.ac.uk
Thinking about post-graduate study?
There are many options for post-graduate study in the field of policing. At the MSc level there are plenty of courses – part time, full time and distance learning – to suit the requirements of all. See for example:
At PhD level and major consideration is to develop a research proposal and to find a suitable supervisor with interests that match your own. The latter is something the network might be able to help with. Another issue will be generating the funding needed to pursue your study. Many fund part time study privately. Full time students generally look for support from the ESRC
Conducting research on the police service
Researching the police is rewarding but can be challenging. A primary challenge is getting access to conduct your study. This is often a concern of post-graduate researchers who may have few contacts in the service and are working under time pressures. Members of the policing network may be able to help.
Check out also these readings about doing research in police settings.
- Brown, J. (1996) ‘Police Research: Some Critical Issues’ in Leishman, F., Loveday, B., Savage, S. (Eds) (1996) Core Issues in Policing, Harlow: Longman Group Limited.
- Hughes, G. (2000) ‘Understanding the Politics of Criminological Research’ in Jupp, V., Davies, P., and Francis, P. (Eds) (2000) Doing Criminological Research, London: SAGE Publications.
- Jupp, V., Davies, P., Francis, P. (2000) ‘Experiencing Criminological Research’ in Jupp, V., Davies, P., Francis, P. (Eds) (2000) Doing Criminological Research, London: SAGE Publications.
- Campbell, E. (2003) ‘Interviewing men in uniform: a feminist approach? International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 285-304.
- Fielding, N. (2006) ‘Fieldwork and Policework’ in Hobbs, D., Wright, R. (Eds) (2006) The SAGE Handbook of Fieldwork, London: SAGE Publications.
- King, R.D., Wincup, E. (2008) ‘The Process of Criminological Research’ in King, R.D., Wincup, E. (Eds) (2008) Doing Research on Crime and Justice, Second Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Reiner, R., and Newburn, T. (2008) ‘Police Research’ in King, R.D., Wincup, E. (Eds) (2008) Doing Research on Crime and Justice, 2nd Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Hughes, G. (2011) ‘The Politics of Criminological Research’ in Davies, P., Francis, P., Jupp, V. (Eds) (2011) Doing Criminological Research, 2nd Edition, London: SAGE Publications.
Getting ones first post – be it as a lecturer or a researcher – is a primary concern of post-graduate students. Jobs are regularly advertised by the members of our network. There are a number of websites that can help. See for example: