Countering Extremist Crime and Terrorism MSc

London, Bloomsbury

This MSc, designed by a panel of academic departments, industrial partners and law enforcement and security agencies, introduces students to the fundamental knowledge, core expertise and advanced, evidence-driven methodological tools and approaches required to understand, analyse, prevent, disrupt and detect extremist crime and terrorism.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£16,100
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£32,100
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

Normally, a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

This MSc, designed by a panel of academic departments, industrial partners and law enforcement and security agencies, introduces students to the fundamental knowledge, core expertise and advanced, evidence-driven methodological tools and approaches required to understand, analyse, prevent, disrupt and detect terrorism and extremist crime more broadly. Students develop an understanding of how a variety of scientific disciplines and practical approaches can contribute to tackling terrorism and extremist crime. By the end of the programme, they will be able to apply appropriate scientific principles and methods to security problems, think strategically to develop and implement countermeasures, and appreciate the complexity involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of terrorism and extremist crime threat-reduction technologies.

Who this course is for

The programme is aimed at security professionals whose role involves developing and implementing strategies to address the threat of extremism, against public, corporate and critical targets. It is also suitable for students with a relevant disciplinary background wishing to pursue a career in these areas. A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Relevant disciplines include science subjects (e.g. engineering or computer science) or social science subjects (e.g. psychology, criminology or geography). Alternatively, candidates may qualify for entry if they can demonstrate five or more years of relevant professional experience (for example in the police service).

What this course will give you

The UCL Jill Dando Institute, of which UCL Department of Security & Crime Science is the core component, is the first research institution in the world devoted specifically to reducing crime through teaching, research, public policy analysis and by the dissemination of evidence-based information on crime reduction.

This MSc programme is delivered by experienced practitioners and researchers working in counter-terrorism, intelligence, law enforcement, risk assessment and security technology. It boasts a unique multidisciplinary platform, being the only postgraduate programme of its kind in the world taught in a faculty of engineering sciences, integrating the cutting-edge of the social and engineering sciences in the security domain.

Our graduate students come from varied backgrounds; many are practitioners and are encouraged to contribute their experience in and out of the classroom.

The foundation of your career

This programme equips students with the knowledge to develop strategies and interventions to counter terrorism and extremist crime. It brings together the problem-led study of terrorism and extremism more broadly, and exposure to methodologies that can practically tackle these problems. This means that this MSc holds appeal for employers across a broad range of industries, including public, private and non-profit. Many of the qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques, and the principles expounded on during the course are transferrable to other domains of inquiry. 

Employability

This unique programme brings together the study of terrorism and extremist crime more broadly (for example, hate crime, fixated violence, conspiracy-inspired crime), and exposure to methodologies that can practically tackle these problems. This means that this MSc holds appeal for employers across a broad range of industries, including public, private and non-profit. Many of the qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques, and the principles expounded on during the course, are transferrable to other domains of inquiry. Furthermore, because the programme began as a degree intended to support the career development of security practitioners, its structure and processes are especially designed to allow professionals to combine learning on the MSc with a demanding day job. 

Teaching and learning

A wide range of assessment methods are used by this programme, including unseen examinations, coursework assignments, practical assignments, oral presentations and the dissertation.

Modules

You will undertake eight taught modules plus the dissertation. This programme is undertaken for one year full time. The programme consists of four compulsory modules, four optional modules and a dissertation. Availability of external modules is dependent from on the home department. Optional modules are allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Full time students will undertake taught modules in terms one and two. Work on the dissertation will commence in term two and will be completed over the summer.


A Postgraduate Diploma comprising four compulsory modules and four optional modules, and which may lead to the MSc, is also offered.

You will undertake eight taught modules plus the dissertation. Modular flexible students can take up to five years to complete the programme.

The programme consists of four compulsory modules, four optional modules and a dissertation. Modular flexible students should take the module: Foundations of Security and Crime Science first and their dissertation as their final module. The dissertation cannot be completed during the first year of registration. However, other modules in the diet can be taken in any configuration over up to five years.

Availability of external modules is dependant on the home department. Optional modules are allocated on a first come first, served basis.

A Postgraduate Diploma comprising four compulsory modules and four optional modules, and which may lead to the MSc, is also offered.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £16,100
Tuition fees (2023/24) £32,100

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

Additional costs

No additional costs.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

UCL Security & Crime Science is offering up to 14 bursary scholarships of between £2,500 and £10,000 to outstanding applicants who have been offered places on one of our MSc programmes.

For further information, please visit our departmental website.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Brown Family Bursary

Deadline: 8 June 2023
Value: £15,000 (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: UK

Next steps

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • what particularly attracts you to this particular programme
  • why you want to study this subject in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at UCL, rather than elsewhere
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • if you are aware and comfortable with the fact that the programme includes courses on statistics and quantitative analysis, as well as a general emphasis on the scientific method and empirical research
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

It is important to note that statistical analysis of crime data is an integral component of all of our postgraduate programmes. While we do not require students to have a background in mathematics or statistics, in order to get the best out of studying with our department it is vital for our students to show an understanding and willingness to learn the concepts of statistics and quantitative research methods.  

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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