Crime Science MSc
Options: PG Diploma
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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Flexible 3-5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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.
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.
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:
UCL Security and Crime Science is offering up to ten bursary scholarships of between £2,500 and £10,000 and you must apply by 30 April 2014 to be considered for one of these.
For further information, please visit our website.
Scholarships available for this department
To assist outstanding students.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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).
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
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, or private sector companies with a crime prevention and community safety focus. Other graduates go on to further doctoral research.
Top career destinations for this programme
- British Transport Police, Intelligence Researcher, 2011
- Sussex Police, Intelligence Analyst, 2011
- American Express, Risk Analyst, 2011
- Transport for London, Crime and Disorder Analyst, 2011
- Greater Manchester Police, Research and Information Manager, 2011
Each year we ask our graduates to tell us about their experience of the programme and their career after leaving UCL and we include some real-life graduate profiles on our website.
"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
"I chose to study at UCL because of the prestige and philosophy of the university. I've been connected to UCL for 14 years. I completed my undergraduate, PhD, and postdoctoral research at the university and have spun-out a company from UCL."
CEO, Satalia, 2008
Subject: Computer Science, Faculty: Engineering Sciences