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Miss Kirstie Hampson

Email: scs@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 3062

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

There are a small number of scholarships for Home/EU MSc students funded by the EPSRC.

In order to apply for the scholarship you must have submitted your full MSc application by the scholarship deadline of 30 April.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Security and Crime Science

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

75% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Crime Science MSc

This MSc 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 better apply science to understand crime problems, develop strategies for preventing them, and increase the probability of detecting and arresting offenders.

Degree summary

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.

The Crime Science MSc is a multi-disciplinary subject, drawing on expertise in psychology, social science, statistics, mathematics, architecture, forensic sciences, design, geography and computing.

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:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years (flexible 3-5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible 2-5 years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Foundations of Crime Science
  • Doing Research
  • Understanding Crime and the Criminal Justice System
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Crime Science Dissertation

Options

  • Preventing Crime
  • Crime Mapping and Spatial Analysis
  • Investigation and Detection
  • Intel Gathering and Analysis
  • Qualitative Methods

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000 words.

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 lab and project reports, unseen written examination, coursework, presentations, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

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, for example engineering or computer science; or social science subjects, for example, 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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

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, 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 and Wandsworth Prison: Catholic Priest.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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