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Applications for September 2014 are now closed, we will be accepting applications for 2015 entry from October 2014 onwards.

New! Submit your application using PRISM. You must identify at least two UCL academics with the expertise needed to review your application.

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.

Application forms

Applications can only be made via the new UCL PRISM application portal.

Filling in the form

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.

  • References

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.




Interview information

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. 

Course eligibility

UCL sets high standards and is concerned to attract students with excellent academic qualifications and high levels of motivation.

  • 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.

Selection and induction

  • Selection

To 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 skills, 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Academics review the applications, focusing on those from students who may share their research interests, and submit a review back to UCL SECReT.
  4. The SECReT team now further shortlists applicants for interview based on the feedback from academics and the personal statement.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  • Notification

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 feed-back.


Deferral

  • 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.

Induction

All new 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.