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  • FT / Full-time
  • PT / Part-time (over two years)
  • FX / Flexible mode of study available (up to five years)
  • DL / Distance-learning mode available

Security and Crime Science

Security and Crime Science (SCS) uses evidence-based techniques to prevent and control crime and security problems, and to detect offenders. SCS is devoted to reducing crime and terrorism through teaching, research and public policy analysis. The department has strong links with security practitioners and policy makers as well as researchers and institutions worldwide. It is multi-disciplined in its approach and draws on both the social and physical sciences. We focus strongly on providing interactive classrooms where a mix of practitioners and new students keen to work in these fields can learn from each other.

Taught and research programmes

Degree programme Qualifications Modes
Security and Crime Science MPhil/PhD FT3, PT5
Security Science MRes + MPhil/PhD FT4,
Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism MSc/PG Dip FT, FX
Crime and Forensic Science MSc FT
Crime Science MSc/PG Dip FT, PT, FX
Security and Crime Science PG Cert FT, FX, DL
Security Research PG Cert FT

Student/staff ratios

  • 10 staff
  • 65 taught students
  • 35 research students


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Student View

"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."

Nadine Smit

Degree: Crime and Forensic Science MSc

Staff View

"UCL in itself, with its amazingly diversified biomedical research, is an endless source of ideal collaborators, most of which are world leading. There are by far more interesting projects than there is time to be able to carry them out."

Dr Alessandro Olivo

Professor of Applied Physics

Subject: Medical Physics and Bioengineering, Faculty: Engineering Sciences