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Degree Holder Entry Programme Postgraduate: Graduate Diploma Degree Holder Entry Programme Degree Holder Entry Programme

Become a police officer

Embark on an exciting and rewarding career like no other. The Met’s Degree Holder Entry Programme combines on the job learning with working towards a fully funded graduate diploma, all while earning a competitive salary and making a difference to London communities. You’ll be a police officer from the day you join.

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Programme highlights

  • Become a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Service
  • World-class training as part of a supportive and passionate police force
  • Study while you work, with no tuition fees
  • Embark on an exciting and rewarding career like no other

Upon successful completion of the recruitment process, monthly start are dates available. Most of your training will take place on the job, working alongside experienced police officers in one of 12 Basic Command Units across London. This course is delivered through work-based learning and short blocks of attendance at a London campus. The Met also offers a part-time PC career route where new joiners can now train and start their service on a part-time basis. Study duration is 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time.

Open to individuals who already hold a degree, this programme will lead to a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice. If, however, you do not currently hold a degree but would be interested in pursuing a career in policing, the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship is an alternative entry pathway that you may wish to consider.

Key facts


Joining the Met as a new Police Constable is just the beginning of the journey – this could be the start of an exciting and varied career. During your probationary period, you'll be working alongside experienced officers and gaining a wide range of practical and on-the-job knowledge to compliment your in-classroom training. The foundation you gain will stand you in good stead for the rest of your police career.

Once you've completed your probationary period, you'll then have plenty of opportunities to continue your professional development. Given that London is a unique city, it presents a unique set of policing challenges.

This means that the Met is involved in a wide range of operations and policing events, each presenting their own distinct opportunities to broaden your skill set, on a scale that you wouldn’t find in any other police service.

As a PC in London’s Met your career path could take you in many directions, be it as a detective, working in diplomatic protection, child protection, or as an authorised firearms officer. A dog handler or member of the mounted branch, working on 24hr response, or in cybercrime, the list of opportunities afforded to you at the Met is endless.

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Meet PC Daniel Bukenya

PC Daniel Bukenya joined the Met through the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP). He shares his story about joining the Met as a graduate through the DHEP route and what he enjoys most about being an officer.

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Do something real

London is one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world – and policing it is no easy task. It takes a huge number of people from all sorts of different backgrounds with a wide range of skills and experience. Do you have what it takes to be one of them?

The Met provide some of the best training in the world to fully prepare you for the unique challenges of policing London.

This training programme is delivered in partnership with four London universities:

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Brunel University
  • The University of East London
  • The University of West London

You’ll be assigned to one of the Met’s four partner universities as part of your training. However, you’ll spend most of your training on the job, working as part of a policing team on a Borough Operational Command Unit (BCU), fully supported in putting your learning into practice by experienced colleagues.

You’ll start your training with an initial period of classroom-based learning at a London university and will be welcomed into an operational policing team in which you will be working. You’ll undertake most of your training on the frontline, in one of 12 Basic Command Units (BCUs), where you’ll work alongside a team of experienced colleagues.

Your learning will cover a wide range of policing topics including officer safety training, emergency life support, safeguarding, crime investigation and operational policing skills (based on a national policing curriculum).

In your final year, you’ll undertake a research project, which will focus on a practical policing problem with a solution that makes a difference to helping keep London safe.

Throughout your training you’ll undertake work-based learning, fully supported in applying new skills and knowledge as part of your operational duties, as well as self-directed study and reflective learning. You’ll be immersed in day-to-day policing. This will let you contextualise what you are learning and develop the skills and experience you need for this challenging role, while actively contributing to policing priorities in your area as a fully employed police officer from day one.

Your training will also include officer safety and emergency life support skills to fully prepare you for your operational role.


You’ll need to successfully complete both operational and academic assessments before being awarded a degree and becoming a fully-fledged police officer. All assessments have been specifically designed to test the skills, knowledge and qualities required to be an officer.

You will have to complete a number of different assessments throughout the course, including written reflective reports and essays, exams, presentations (both group and individual) and digital artefacts (e.g. a case study blog or podcast). Alongside academic assessments, you will also need to compile an Operational Competence Portfolio over the duration of the apprenticeship and pass a number of operational assessments against a range of critical policing skills, including; providing effective initial response to a critical incident, engaging proactively with communities, conducting effective evaluation of intelligence and providing support to vulnerable people, victims and witnesses.


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Specialist facilities

Our London-based teaching facility is purpose built with specialist facilities including a mock courtroom, interview rooms and mock crime scenes to support the delivery of the PEQF.

Entry requirements

To join the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP), you must have:

  • GCSE Grade 4-9 (Grade C) in English
  • a degree (level 6) qualification or above, in any subject area, from a UK higher education institute – or be in your final year of study when you apply for the DHEP. The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship route is open as an option for non-degree holders.

For our complete entry requirements, please refer to www.met.police.uk/pcpathways for latest details.

How to apply

Apply now

Applications for the DHEP programme with the Metropolitan Police are currently paused. To apply and find out more about other entry routes, visit the Metropolitan Police website.