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Course Structure

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Outline of the Course

Year One of the course comprises three formal teaching blocks, each of two weeks duration.  The first block is held usually around Easter with the second and third blocks in July and September.

Year Two is  designed for students who have completed Year One to the required standard and requires another year of part-time study  including three further blocks in Cambridge (again normally around Easter and in July and September), and the  submission of a supervised thesis.  They include lectures and seminars, case studies, practical exercises and project work. Individual study is also  necessary, including essays to be undertaken between the teaching blocks. All students have individual supervisions  with Cambridge academic staff to discuss their work as it progresses.

Students can discuss their work with their  supervisor throughout the courses; their supervisor will provide feedback on assessed essays as well as support during  the teaching blocks. For each study block essential reading is provided as well as instruction in online searching for  academic materials.

How are the Courses Assessed?

Year One

Students are required to write three essays of 3,000 words each.

Year Two

This requires one further 3,000 word essay, a 4,000 word research proposal and an 18,000 word thesis. There is also an assessed oral presentation. The marks from the Year One essays will be carried forward and credited towards the Master's degree.

Curriculum Plan
50 Key Concepts In Evidence-Based Policing

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