Modes and duration
- Full-time: 4 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £4,635 (FT)
- £21,530 (FT)
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 Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
- Geographical Analysis
- The Designing Out Crime Group
- The Crime Policy and Evaluation Group
- Terrorism and Organised Crime
- Forensic Science
- 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.
- Foundations in Security and Crime Science - CORE (15 credits)
- Global Security Challenges - CORE (15 credits)
- Doing Research in Security Science - CORE (15 credits)
- Risk and Contingency Planning - CORE (15 credits)
- Quantitative Methods - OPTION (15 credits)
- Principles of Information Security - OPTION (15 credits)
- Ethics, Security and Research - CORE (15 credits)
Dissertation - Students must complete a dissertation up to 10,000 words
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 relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- Fees, maintenance and travel (Duration of programme)
- Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding 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.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Graduate Trainee, Serious Organised Crime Agency (2012)
- ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, UCL (2012)
- Lecturer/Researcher, Abertay University Dundee (2012)
- Ethics Researcher, PRIME (EU FP7 Research Project) (2012)
- Research Fellow, UCL (2012)
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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The department of security and 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. Our mission is to change crime policy and practice.
Collaborative working is an important aspect of this multi-disciplinary programme, and UCL SECReT gives students the opportunity to mix with peers from backgrounds including architecture, computer science, statistics, electronic engineering, chemistry, forensic sciences, psychology, philosophy, ethics and laws.
Student / staff ratios › 12 staff › 120 taught students › 62 research students
Department: Security & Crime Science
Application and next steps
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.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now