Applications are now open for September 2014 entry.
There may be occasional industry sponsored scholarships which become available even after the application deadlines have closed. Please refer to the information relating to these for advice on applying. Such information will be posted below as and when it becomes available.
September 2014 entry
13 December 2013, 4pm
14 March 2014, 4pm
2 May 2014, 4pm
Please note that this course is extremely competitive and applicants are advised to apply earlier rather than later
The deadlines enable us to manage the administration of the centre more effectively. Candidates are considered in batches so that we can organise three rounds of interviews. If you apply between deadlines then your application will be considered in the next round. For example, if you apply in January 2014 your application will be considered with those applications received in time for the 14 March deadline.
To be considered, applications must be complete. Please note, there is no application fee for this programme.
Applications received after 2 May 2014
Applications received after 2 May 2014 may still be considered for the course if places remain available. We may choose to consider applications received after 2 May 2014 for September 2014 entry.
Because we consider applications in batches, the time it takes to respond to your application varies. It takes approximately four weeks for us to review the initial applications and then a further three weeks if your application is chosen to be reviewed by the academic panel. You should therefore not expect to hear from us until approximately nine weeks after the deadline.
*For industry scholarships, please refer to the deadlines stated on the adverts.
Your application is made online via the PRISM application portal.
In order for your application to be considered you must ensure you include the following information:
- The names and email addresses of TWO potential supervisors who you would like to review your application
This information must be listed under the "Supervision" section of the application. Departmental websites are a great source of information to
find out potential supervisors. The supervisors should be from two different disciplines.
It is good practice to email the potential supervisor, prior to submitting your application. You should outline your research interests and explain that you wish to apply to the SECReT Security Science research programme and would like them to review your application.
- Academic transcripts
You should provide academic transcripts for each of your degree level qualifications. Transcripts should outline both the grades you achieved in individual modules and the overall grade you obtained in your degree programme, degree certificates are not sufficient. Transcripts must be translated into English.
The transcripts should be uploaded to your PRISM application, under the "Qualifications - Proof of award" section.
You must include the details of three referees, who can comment on your academic ability.
- Personal statement
As well as other requested information please state clearly what research fields you are interested in: e.g. information security/management and human perception and behaviour. Academics will be looking for evidence of creative links across security science disciplines as well as reasons for undertaking a four year integrated doctoral taught programme rather than the traditional 3-year programme.
Defining your research question at the time of applying is not compulsory. SECReT students have the opportunity to explore various disciplines before defining their exact PhD subject at the end of year 1. However, in your personal statement you should clearly indicate what multi-disciplinary research field you are interested in, and detail your research interest.
Funding - please also include information in your personal statement to explain how you plan to fund your studies e.g. if you are applying for a specific scholarship.
All applications received with proper documentation will
be examined after the deadline date for applications has passed
and successful candidates will be invited for interview. The interview
will last approximately half an hour and will consist of questions from
a panel designed to establish a candidate’s interest in and suitability
for the course. At the time of interview candidates will be advised
when they will be informed of the result of the interview.
UCL sets high standards and is concerned to attract
students with excellent academic qualifications and high levels of
- Students applying should normally have (or expect to achieve) an outstanding academic record with a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree
- Candidates with a good Masters degree (e.g. a distinction) or equivalent, are strongly encouraged to apply.
- The subject area should be grounded in a science based subject widely defined (e.g. computer science, chemistry, engineering, information and communications technologies, materials, mathematical sciences, physics and some life and social sciences).
All applications will be subject to approval by the UCL Graduate Admissions Office. Nationality or country of origin is not a criterion for eligibility; we welcome applications from EU students and overseas students.
ensure appropriate quality of students, applicant selection will be
based on two criteria. First, a panel of relevant UCL academics will
assess applicants on the basis of their potential in their
specialist areas (e.g. signal processing). Secondly we
will assess the candidate on the basis of their broader knowledge and
and aim to evaluate their potential to pursue truly innovative,
interdisciplinary research, aswell as their ability to fulfill our expectations for them to engage fully in UCL SECReT wider learning and teamwork activities. We are looking for candidates who really stand out as potential leaders in their field, and whose work will create genuine impact.
PLEASE NOTE: The taught components and the PhD together form an integrated 4 year programme. The taught component (largely in Year 1) is not a stand alone course and applicants are expected to commit themselves to the whole four year programme.
How students are selected: seven step process
- Applications are shortlisted by the UCL SECReT team; very weak applications or applications non-aligned with UCL SECReT's ethos or research areas are rejected.
- Applications that do not include a minimum of two UCL academics in the field "potential supervisors" are rejected. The others are then forwarded to a panel of academics for review.
- Academics review the applications, focusing on those from students who may share their research interests, and submit a review back to UCL SECReT.
- The SECReT team now further shortlists applicants for interview based on the feedback from academics and the personal statement.
- These students are invited for an interview at UCL with a 3 person panel, usually including the Director or Deputy Director of UCL SECReT, and an academic interested in your proposed research (often the person you have previously contacted or named). Students and academics may contact each other before the interview.
- After a 30 minute interview of the student, UCL SECReT will decide whether they will be offered a place on the programme, and whether they will be allocated a scholarship where appropriate.
- UCL SECReT team will request UCL to issue a notification letter, and inform applicants of their decision by email. Results will also be posted online. All unsuccessful applicants will be formally notified by UCL.
We expect to make offers within a week of interview.
All unsuccessful candidates will be notified by UCL. Please
note that due to the large number of applications we process and the
confidential nature of certain documents, we will not provide any
- If I apply and am accepted, can I defer my enrollment by one year?
The programme director may allow you to defer once. Please note that you cannot carry your scholarship over to your deferred year, you will need to apply for the scholarship again. Also, if your residency status changes between the time of applying and the time of joining the programme, you may not be eligible for the scholarship.
students will undergo a one week induction course which will introduce them to
UCL and the research support facilities available. This will also provide a
generic introduction to security science and the operation of the training centre – its
background, ethos, aims, programme, regulations, and expectations.