Security Science MRes + MPhil/PhD
Research areas:The department has five main research groups:
- Counter-terrorism: situational prevention of terrorism; technology for counter-terrorism; transferable training between crime and terrorism
- Crime mapping: innovation in crime mapping methods; prospective crime mapping
- Crime policy analysis and evaluation: evaluation of crime prevention schemes; knowledge transfer
- Designing out crime: role of design in crime prevention; environmental design; crime risk and administrative procedure design
- Forensic sciences: blood pattern analysis; gun shot residue analysis; investigation of explosions.
The UCL SECReT programme integrates research, taught elements and transferable professional skills throughout a four-year programme. Our focus is on creating a truly unique student experience and integrating a community of researchers into a cohesive centre of excellence.
A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates with a UK Master’s in a science-based subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard are encouraged to apply.
English level expected: Good
ApplicationResearch degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.
- UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
- Overseas Full-time: £20,900
There are a number of scholarships for the UCL SECReT four-year MRes + MPhil/ PhD in Security Science paying UK/EU fees, and/or an annual stipend of £15–£17000. See www.ucl.ac.uk/secret for details.
Scholarships available for this department
Funding offered by UCL and the China Scholarships Council (CSC) aims to expand the educational, cultural and technological cooperation between the UK and China.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Graduates from our research programmes go on to research careers and to lecturing posts in academic institutions. Others have taken up policy-related positions in the public and private security sectors.
The Department of Security and Crime Science is recognised as a leader in the field of crime science. We are the leading trainer of crime analysts in the UK, having trained over 1,000 police and security analysts in the past ten years. Our students are often practitioners themselves, some holding senior positions. Our programmes are recognised by employers when considering career progression. The fact that our programmes have been endorsed by key advisory organisations (such as the Metropolitan Police Academy) and the fact that they are oriented towards practical approaches to tackling crime mean that they are recognised by recruiters.
SCS is widely recognized for its knowledge transfer activities, and the impact that its research has had on real-world crime problems. Consequently we have long-established links with police forces, policy makers at all levels, academic research centres of excellence and security organisations from around both the UK and further afield. An annual seminar series (25 seminars) brings further opportunities to network with key figures in the field. At our annual industry day in December we invite a range of organisations to meet our current students.
"I think the overall strength of forensic science at UCL is the many connections that exist (and are needed) with other academic departments and companies such as the Metropolitan Police."
Degree: Crime and Forensic Science MSc
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