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Fees and funding
Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Security and Crime Science Postgraduate Certificate
This programme provides students with a thorough understanding of how science and scientifically-based techniques can deliver immediate and sustainable reductions in crime. The programme focuses on how to apply science better to understand crime problems, develop investigative strategies for preventing them and increase the probability of detecting and arresting offenders.
What will I learn?
Students develop the ability to apply scientific principles to crime control, think more strategically in developing and implementing crime control policies, appreciate the complexity of implementation issues, critically assess the likely impact of planned crime reduction initiatives and generate more innovative proposals for reducing particular crime problems.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Security & Crime Science is the first in the world devoted specifically to reducing crime through teaching, research, public policy analysis and by the dissemination of evidence-based information on crime reduction.
Crime Science is supported by the police, forensic psychologists, applied criminologists, economists, architects, statisticians and geographers, and has been strongly endorsed by the government.
This multi-disciplinary course draws on expertise in psychology, geography, criminology, philosophy and a range of forensic sciences. Our graduate students come from varied backgrounds; many are practitioners and are encouraged to contribute their experience in and out of the classroom.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Flexible up to 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme consists of four modules worth 15 credits each.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, projects, laboratory classes, and practical exercises. Practical work will involve the analysis and interpretation of data sets, and the development of new ideas for solving problems. Assessment is through laboratory and project reports, unseen written examinations, coursework and presentations.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
Normally, a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant disciplines include science subjects (e.g. engineering or computer science) or social science subjects (e.g. psychology, criminology or geography). Alternatively candidates may qualify for entry if they can offer five or more years of relevant professional experience (for example in the police service, or as a crime prevention worker).
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. However, students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is particularly suitable for students with a background in science subjects such as engineering or computer science, or social science subjects, such as psychology, criminology or geography, who wish to develop the skills necessary for a career or further doctoral research in this field.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- what particularly attracts you to this particular programme
- why you want to study this subject in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at UCL, rather than elsewhere
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- if you are aware and comfortable with the fact that the programme includes courses on statistics and quantitative analysis, as well as a general emphasis on the scientific method and empirical research
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
- if you are aware and comfortable with the fact that the programme differs from a traditional criminology programme, and instead focuses practically on how to prevent and detect crimes by treating the crime rather than the offender as the subject of analysis
Many graduates now work in the field of crime prevention and detection for public sector employers such as the Home Office, Police and Ministry Of Defence (MOD), or private sector companies with a crime prevention and community safety focus. Other graduates go on to further doctoral research.
First destinations of recent graduates include:
- Metropolitan Police Service: Serious Sexual Offences Intelligence Analyst
- Hampshire County Council: Community Safety Support Assistant
- Metropolitan Police Service: Head of Implementation
- Hertfordshire County Council: Senior Analyst
- RSA Group: Fraud Specialist
- National Police Improvement Agency: Assistant Crime Analyst
- Wandsworth Prison: Catholic Priest
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: