Diploma in Policing

Diploma in Policing

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Course title Diploma in Policing
Course code UDPOLPTE
Postnominal Dip. Pol.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 5
Duration 4 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 60
Coordinator Angelo Gafa
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
The course is only open to members of the Malta Police Force holding an appointment of Probationary police Inspectors who shall be nominated by the Commissioner of Police.

It covers four main areas of study: criminology, police investigation, policing and law. It is specifically designed to equip police inspectors with the knowledge and skills required of them. Criminological theories are discussed and explained with the use of relevant, real-life situations, bringing to surface current controversies such as, the death penalty, race and crime, victims’ rights, the rights of offenders, domestic violence and the nurture versus nature debate. Forensics and investigative skills are a core element of this course, which also includes current key issues of policing, namely: police culture, cybercrime, domestic violence, restorative justice, race/hate crime, homophobia/hate crime, the media and law.

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(1) To be registered as regular students in the Course, applicants shall satisfy the general entry requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

(2) Applicants may also be admitted under paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations. Such applicants must be in possession of those qualifications and/or experience that would satisfy the Faculty Admissions Committee that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the Course with profit. The eligibility of such applicants shall be decided by the Faculty Admissions Committee, following an interview conducted by an interviewing board, composed of at least three persons, appointed for the purpose.

(3) All applicants referred to in paragraphs (1) and (2) shall be members of the Malta Police Force holding an appointment of Probationary Police Inspectors. Such applicants shall be nominated by the Commissioner of Police.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply. This programme is being sponsored by the Malta Police Force.

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: No fees apply. This programme is being sponsored by the Malta Police Force.
By the end of this diploma the students will be able to:

(1) Define crime and present the main theories of crime and criminal behaviour.
(2) Professionally compile police (inspector) reports.
(3) Preserve scenes of crime/evidence.
(4) Conduct investigations.
(5) Prepare court cases.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 6 April 2021

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