This new BSc aims to create a generation of leaders in the crime, intelligence and security sectors. Using science from different disciplines (psychology, political science, statistics, computer science, and forensic sciences) you will learn to tackle real-world crime problems and develop creative and ethical ways to increase security in a changing world.
- UCAS code
- Full-time: 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2018
- London, Bloomsbury
- Applications per place
- 6 (2016 entry)*
- Total intake
- 23 (2018 entry)*
- No specific subjects.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher)
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
UCL Security & Crime Science is the first university department in the world devoted specifically to reducing crime and other risks to personal and national security.
You will learn to critically examine traditional approaches to thinking about and responding to crime, and explore new ways to address crime and security problems worldwide.
You will be taught by academic experts in security and crime reduction, with input from practitioners and policymakers to provide a focus on real-world relevance and impact.
The problem-solving and critical thinking skills you will acquire will enhance your employability in this constantly changing area.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Security and Crime Science.
- 74% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
In the first year all your modules are compulsory, providing a good grounding in security and crime science and an introduction to systems analysis. In years two and three, in addition to compulsory modules, you will be able to choose from a range of options, according to your specific area of interest, including a work placement based module (subject to availability). Compulsory modules follow specific strands; for example, crime theories, where you will study the causes of, and responses to, crime through modules such as Understanding the Crime Event (year one) and Psychology and Crime (year two).
You also learn about statistics, data collection and analysis methods, GIS and programming tools in the analytical techniques strand.
Each term you will apply newly gained skills to examine crimes such as terrorism and cybercrime, and develop effective strategies to prevent them.
In the final year you will explore the multidisciplinary nature of crime analysis, detection and prevention further during a six-month project.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Crime and Society
Introduction to Security and Crime Science
Probability, Statistics and Modelling I
Systems and Problem Solving
Understanding the Crime Event
All first year modules are compulsory.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Introduction to Research
Probability, Statistics and Modelling II
Psychology and Crime
You will choose 1.5 credits of optional modules from a range. Please see departmental website for further details about optional module combinations. Options may include:
Perspectives on Organised Crime
Project in Security and Crime Prevention
Project in Investigative Decision Making
Work placement-based module (subject to availability)
Core or compulsory module(s)
Advanced Crime Analysis
Forensic Approaches to Investigation
Situational Crime Prevention
You will choose two 0.5 credit optional modules from a range which may include:
Work placement based module (subject to availability)
A combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, individual and group projects will form your learning experience, which also includes problem-based learning methods, outcome-based analysis and research activities.
A wide range of assessment methods are used by this programme, including unseen examinations, coursework assignments, practical assignments, oral presentations and the dissertation.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Security and Crime Science BSc.
You will gain the necessary insight and skills, both intellectual and practical, to take up a wide range of crime and security-relevant positions throughout the world. The multidisciplinary approach gives you a competitive edge in the job market through your ability to work across disciplines in the service of crime reduction.
With the increasingly technologically driven and international nature of crime and security problems, law enforcement, government, and the private sector are now looking for a new generation of professionals with broad disciplinary backgrounds, strong analytical skills and practical experience to adapt their security strategies in continuously evolving environments.
The first cohort of students admitted to the Security and Crime Science BSc is due to graduate in 2019. Therefore, information about career destinations for students on this programme is not yet available.
Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for 2018 entry will appear here as soon as they are available.
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2017/18 - see below)
- Overseas students
- £19,390 (2017/18)
The UK/EU fee quoted above may be subject to increase for the 2018/19 academic year and for each year of study thereafter and UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with UK government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme). Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.
Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
In addition to academic requirements, we will also use your application to assess your motivation for studying security and crime science. We will be seeking applicants committed to studying at the highest level, and who are eager, and able, to rise to the challenges presented both by the programme and by a career in this field.
How to apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
Application deadline: 15 January 2018
You will be invited to an applicant open day which will provide an excellent opportunity to talk to departmental staff before making a final decision.
If you live outside the UK, or distance is a problem, we will arrange a virtual (online) open day.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.