UCL SECReT is the new training centre for security and crime related research. UCL SECReT has been set up in 2009 following a £7m cash grant award by the EPSRC (the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and £10m of cash and in-kind support from industrial, academic and public sector partners to establish Europe’s largest centre for doctoral training in security science. The centre is a world-class interdisciplinary centre applying the latest techniques in a variety of disciplines to problems in the crime and security domain.
The centre has been set up to promote the new national standard in PhD training: the four-year degree programme.
Crime and terrorism are constantly evolving threats. National infrastructures such as transport, power and communications need to remain protected, and identity theft and credit card fraud continue to have a devastating impact on everyday life. UCL SECReT will produce the next generation of security scientists who will be ready for these challenges.
Security Science DTC will train and shape a generation of thought
leaders in integrated and socially sensitive security; this will
encompass not only future academics but also the policy makers and
industrialists with whom they interact during and after their training.
We aim to transform the way security is done.”
Professor Gloria Laycock OBE, former UCL SECReT Director
SECReT has a broad research remit and the following list is not exhaustive. Before applying you must identify at least two academics at UCL who would be a suitable reviewer for your application. To improve your chances of being interviewed, we recommend that you identify some academics who carry out research in your field of interest.
To obtain a list of academics covering your areas of interest, click on the links in the bottom half of this page, or alternatively search individual departmental websites.
- You can also search for academics via research themes through the UCL Institutional Research Information System (IRIS) by clicking here
UCL SECReT supports research in the below areas. This list is not exhaustive so please contact us if you are not sure whether your proposed research will be covered by our centre:
1. DESIGNING SECURE SYSTEMS
- Information security and ICT: Computer and network security, cryptography, digital intellectual property, wireless sensor networks, cyber security, cyber terrorism
- Security and the built environment: Access control, building design, crime prevention strategy, ship design, port management
- Disaster management: Disaster modelling, contingency and operational planning
2. SENSING AND DETECTING
- Detecting, imaging, locating and tracking technology: Radar, sonar, CCTV, acoustic sensors, RFID, and associated processing techniques
- CBRNe agent mitigation: Radiation physics, nanotechnology, material science, biochemical engineering
- Forensic sciences: Forensic chemistry, soil forensics, electronic forensics, multimedia forensics, evidence, digital forensics
- Language: Linguistics, speech, hearing, and phonetics sciences
3. RISK AND INTELLIGENCE
- Intelligence and data analysis: Surveillance and open source intelligence, artificial intelligence
- Temporal and spatial pattern analysis: Urban modelling, crime mapping, social analysis
4. INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETY
- Human perception and behaviour: Cognition, Decision making
- Ethics and public engagement: Privacy, consent, public understanding
- Socio-human studies: Radicalisation, pathways into crime and terrorism, sociology of deviance and crime control
A new national standard
In December 2008, EPSRC, the largest research council in
the UK, provided £250m of funding to establish 40 new doctoral training
centres in the UK. All of these centres will promote the new vision for
research degrees that RCUK (Research Councils UK) has agreed to
implement following extensive study of the best doctoral training
programmes around the world.
The core of this vision lies in promoting a
new four-year PhD format for students taking research degrees in the UK.
The four-year format represents a leap forward for the international
credibility of UK doctorates which have usually been three-year programmes,
at least a year less than many other countries.
The four-year format also permits students to explore their research domain before settling on a thesis topic. This ensures both a more rewarding experience for the student and a more focused piece of research.
University College London
UCL is consistently ranked as one of the world's best universities. As one of Europe's largest multi-faculty universities and
recognised as one of the best applied research facilities in the world,
UCL has the academic resources to provide a terrific training
environment for researchers aiming to achieve genuine excellence in
their chosen field of crime or security research.
With over 20 departments from across UCL (the majority nationally rated in the top tier of their discipline in the recent UK-wide Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2009)) involved in this new training centre, a truly interdisciplinary community has been catalysed at the university to create a unique experience for our students.
Prof Richard Wortley
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