The residential phase of the CEPOL European Joint Master Programme’s first module took place from 12 to 15 October 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. 30 participants from EU Member States and EUROPOL, together with 22 experts from Slovenia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Finland, Hungary, CEPOL and FRONTEX attended this module.
The European Joint Master Programme is the first EU academic programme addressing common challenges of police cooperation in the frame of internal security. It aims at providing students with science-based competences on policing in a European community of practice. Its curriculum covers strategic and operational concepts that need to be applied at complex international settings such as the EU Policy Cycle and the Serious Organised Crime Threat Assessment. This postgraduate programme is a blended learning activity consisting of 6 modules – each of them including a four-day residential phase in the organising institution – and a student thesis.
The first module of the Master Programme – “Methodology of scientific research – Introduction to police science” - was implemented jointly by the National University of Public Service and the International Training Centre from the Hungarian Ministry of Interior. The content of this module focused on the research process, presentation and reporting skills, writing a research proposal and ethics in research.
Participants engaged in discussions and exchanged information at working groups and had also the opportunity to visit the Hungarian Central Statistical Office. Students were able to compare approaches to police science based on different cultural backgrounds.
Course organisers received very positive feedback together with some advice on how to improve future modules. “The course has allowed us to improve our skills in the field of scientific research”, “Students were very well prepared and engaged during the lectures”, “The course book should be a recommended reading for all students”, “I have learned a lot about methodology in scientific research, planning an educational program in a multicultural environment and networking”, stated some of the participants.