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Department of Police and Security Management

In both Germany and Europe, the demands on the state and commercial security sectors have continued to increase in recent years. The Department of Police and Security Management at the HWR has sought to react to the challenges presented by our modern risk society by updating the professional qualifications needed to meet them.


The Department of Police and Security Management provide a range of Bachelors’ and Masters’ degree programmes which cover commercial, company and local government security.

All the degree programmes have a practical and interdisciplinary focus, using up-to-date methods of teaching and learning and cover topics from the Legal, Policing, Social and Economic Sciences.


The internal co-operative studies B.A. Police Studies for the career areas uniformed police, Criminal Investigation Department and commercial security (Gewerbeaußendienst) is a requirement for employment in the Higher Police Service in Berlin. Graduates of these degree programmes can later expect an interesting and varied career in the Berlin state Police. Working within a range of theoretical and practical contexts, students of this course acquire the necessary knowledge and skills which qualify them to work independently to perform the tasks required by Higher Police Service.


The two-year Master’s degree programme Public Administration - Police Management prepares its students for a career in the Higher Police Service. The HWR works closely with the German Police University (Deutschen Hochschule der Polizei) and the Fachhochschule der Polizei des Landes Brandenburg. The first academic year is spent with the State / Federal authorities. A special co-operation agreement between the states of Berlin and Brandenburg means that this is spent at the HWR Berlin. The second academic year is spent in Münster, before the graduate takes up a leadership post in the Police force.


The Bachelor’s degree programme Security Management teaches its students the specialist skills required to recognize, evaluate and deal with dangerous situations. In addition to generalized training, the students of this degree programme also acquire relevant key skills such as communication, co-operation and conflict management skills and leadership training. The increasing need for qualified professionals, trained to assess risk and draw up security concepts, mean that graduates are employed in large companies, security companies, local government, the tourist industry and in international development work.