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What qualifications do I need to do a PhD in Crime Science?

All MPhil and PhD applicants must have:

  • At least an Upper Second-Class Honours UK Undergraduate degree or its overseas equivalent
  • Evidence of graduate research experience (for example a Masters degree in a relevant subject)
  • Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency

How can I fund a PhD?

PhDs can be funded by Universities, Research Councils, Sponsors or they can be self-funded. As a general rule, PhD students will need to find their own funding if they wish to pursue their own specific research topic. Occasionally, funded PhD opportunities for specific research projects are posted on the departmental website.

What topics are suitable for a PhD in Crime Science?

Academic staff across the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science have a strong record of research and publication across several different areas including crime analysis, evaluation studies, quantitative methods, crime mapping, anti-social behaviour and are developing an interest in counter-terrorism and organised crime and forensic science.

Some examples of the type of topics for which we encourage applications are as follows:

  • Research investigating crime patterning
  • In-depth investigations of particular types of crime (e.g. robbery or burglary)
  • The use of forensic evidence in crime detection
  • Evaluations of innovative crime prevention interventions
  • Crime and design research
  • Developing crime science methods

Who could supervise my PhD?

The Department of Security and Crime Science currently has a limited number of staff who can supervise PhDs. They are listed below. Click on the links below to find a summary of their research interests. Potential candidates can contact staff members informally regarding supervision or departmental staff will consider possible supervisors on receipt of a completed application.

Can I do a PhD remotely or do I need to be resident?

In nearly all circumstances you need to be resident in the UK within reach of the Department of Security and Crime Science offices to undertake a PhD in Crime Science.

How long does it take to study for a PhD in Crime Science?

Students must be registered for at least 3 calendar years full-time, or 5 calendar years part-time, before s/he will be eligible to adopt Completing Research Status (this happens on arrangement of the viva)

How much will it cost?

For UK/EU students, the current full-time annual fee is £3,390 and the part-time fee is £1,695. For Overseas full-time students the current full time fee is £12,875 and the part-time fee is £6,440. These figures are for 2009/10 and subject to change.

How do I apply?

Prospective students should submit a formal application to the MPhil/ PhD programme, by completing the UCL graduate application form * (downloadable from the UCL website). The application form, together with the necessary enclosures, should be sent to the UCL Admissions Office with an outline of your intended research project, and an up-to-date copy of your CV. A template document * for the research outline is available here (doc) [25kb]

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