Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 months
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £3,075 (FT) £N/A (PT)
- £7,640 (FT) £N/A (PT)
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.
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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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.
- Doing Research in Security Science
- Foundations of Security and Crime Science
- Risk and Contingency Planning
- There are no optional modules on this programme.
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.
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.
- £15,000 (1 year)
- UK students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- £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).
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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