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Security Research PG Cert

This Postgraduate Certificate provides students about to enrol on a security-related PhD programme with a thorough understanding of the problem domain: threats to society, infrastructure and individuals. The programme focuses on how to apply science more effectively to understand crime problems and develop risk-reduction measures.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 months

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£3,075 (FT)
£7,640 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a science subject (e.g. engineering or computer science), or social sciences (e.g. psychology or geography), from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Due to the limited number of places available applicants who also hold a strong Master’s degree will be prioritised.

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.

International students

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.

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Degree Information

Students will be given an introduction to the crime spectrum and the theories that were developed to model security threats and other crime phenomena. They will develop the ability to apply scientific principles to crime control, apply multi-disciplinary knowledge to investigate contemporary security problems, appreciate the complexity of development and implementation issues, critically assess the likely impact of security technologies and generate ambitious research proposals for reducing particular security problems. There is no better place to learn how different fields can be combined to address security challenges.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules.

Core Modules

  • Doing Research in Security Science
  • Foundations of Security and Crime Science
  • Risk and Contingency Planning


  • There are no optional modules on this programme.


Not applicable

Teaching and Learning

This intensive programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practical exercises during 12 weeks starting at the end of September. Practical work involves the analysis and interpretation of data sets, and the development of new ideas for solving problems. Assessment is through class tests, unseen written examinations, coursework and presentations in December and January.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Security Research PG Cert


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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.

Brown Family Bursary

£15,000 (1 year)
UK students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

Department of Security and Crime Science Bursary Scholarships

£2,500 - £10,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


The Security Research Postgraduate Certificate is designed to empower research students to drive their doctoral projects. This programme will help students understand how their skills can be applied to real security problems, and improve the impact of their research in society.


With the rise of security concerns on the political agenda, skilled leaders with a holistic understanding of security, risk, usability and ethics are in high demand. Whether you are planning to design more resilient cities, build sensors to detect rhino poachers or develop nano-tags for counterfeits detection, this programme will help you acquire the knowledge and skills you need to develop more research ideas and build a network of key contacts in your field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Security & Crime Science (SCS) is a world-first, devoted specifically to reducing crime through teaching, research, public policy analysis and by the dissemination of evidence-based information on crime reduction.

The department also manages UCL SECReT, the UK’s Security Research Training Centre funded by the EPSRC: www.ucl.ac.uk/secret

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.

Who can apply?

This programme is specially designed for those holding a Master’s degree in a scientific discipline who would like to gain a foundational knowledge in security before embarking on a security-related PhD. (The lectures are also part of the Security Science MRes, which forms the first year of UCL’s integrated doctoral training programme).

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Security Research at graduate level
  • why you want to study Security Research at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
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.

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