Crime Science MSc

London, Bloomsbury

This MSc provides students with a thorough understanding of how science and scientifically based techniques can deliver immediate and sustainable reductions in crime. The programme focuses on how science can best be applied to understand crime problems, develop strategies for preventing them, and increase the probability of detecting and arresting offenders.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
£17,300
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£34,400
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
Applicants who require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 28 Jun 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Applicants who do not require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 30 Aug 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Completed applications (those submitted successfully and application fee payment received) will be assessed in batches and you should receive a decision according to the following dates:
Application complete by 5 January 2024 – Decision by 11 March 2024
Application complete by 29 March 2024 – Decision by 28 May 2024
Application complete by 28 June 2024 – Decision by 31 July 2024

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant disciplines include science subjects, for example engineering or computer science; or social science subjects, for example, psychology, criminology or geography. Alternatively candidates may qualify for entry if they can offer five or more years of relevant professional experience (for example in the police service, or as a crime prevention worker).

The English language level for this programme is: Level 3

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.

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

Crime Science MSc is an internationally renowned programme that focuses on applying science to crime problems, developing strategies for preventing crime, and increasing the probability of detecting and arresting offenders.

Who this course is for

The programme is particularly suitable for students with a background in science subjects such as engineering or computer science, or social science subjects such as psychology, criminology or geography, wishing to develop the skills necessary for a career or further doctoral research in this field.

We also accept applications from candidates without a first degree if they have five or more years of relevant experience (for example in the police, or as a crime prevention officer).

What this course will give you

The Crime Science MSc is a multidisciplinary degree, drawing on expertise in psychology, social science, statistics, mathematics, architecture, forensic sciences, design, geography and computing.

Over the course of the programme, students will develop the ability to apply scientific principles to crime control, think strategically in developing and implementing crime control policies, and appreciate the complexity of implementation issues. This programme also provides its students with the tools to assess the impact of planned crime reduction initiatives and generate more innovative proposals for reducing particular crime problems.

The foundation of your career

Many of our graduates have gone on to successful careers in the field of crime prevention and detection for public sector employers such as the Home Office, police and Ministry of Defence, or private sector companies with a crime prevention and community safety focus. Other graduates go on to further doctoral research.

Employability

The interdisciplinary nature of the programme equips graduates with a range of transferable skills that includes problem solving, quantitative and qualitative analysis, research methods and critical thinking, enabling access to a wide range of career paths.

Graduates go on to front-line careers such as intelligence and crime prevention analysts; jobs in research and policy, ranging from the civil service and academia to NGOs and think-tanks; and careers in the private sector, covering areas such as data science, risk management, fraud and security analysis.

Networking

The programme offers an array of networking opportunities such as careers events, seminars and the annual departmental conference, all of which aim to enrich students’ academic experience and professional growth.

These events provide a platform for students to connect with crime science practitioners and researchers across academia, government, and industry, offering a chance to learn from their expertise and establish valuable contacts.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, projects and practical exercises. Practical work will involve the analysis and interpretation of datasets, and the development of new ideas for solving problems.

Assessment is through lab and project reports, practical exercises and computer-based tasks, unseen written examination, coursework, presentations, and the dissertation. 

Each taught module consists of 150 hours of content, which is a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials and self-directed study.

A full-time student can expect to have around 15-20 hours of contact time per week during terms one and two, as well as self-directed study and time spent preparing for assessments.

Modules

Students undertake eight taught modules plus the dissertation. The programme consists of four core modules, four optional modules, and a research dissertation. 

Full-time students will undertake taught modules in terms one and two, with the dissertation commencing in term two and being completed during the summer term. We also offer a distance learning delivery.

A Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) is also offered, comprising of four compulsory and four optional modules. The difference between our PG Dip and our MSc is that the PG Dip does not include the dissertation. 

Students undertake eight taught modules plus the dissertation. The programme consists of four core modules, four optional modules and a research dissertation. 

Modular-flexible students should take the module SECU0031 (Foundations of Security and Crime Science) first and their dissertation as their final module, however other modules in the diet can be taken in any configuration in up to five years. 

The dissertation will commence in term two and will be completed in the summer term. Students cannot start the dissertation during the first year of registration. We also offer a distance learning delivery.

A Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) is also offered, comprising of four compulsory and four optional modules. The difference between our PG Dip and our MSc is that the PG Dip does not include the dissertation.

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 are 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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Crime Science.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team.

Online and In-person at Roberts Building, Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre G08, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Security and Crime Science

Join our open event series to learn more about our MSc courses, future career opportunities and what it's like to be part of our fantastic community. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and speak to our programme convenors, admission tutors and current students.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £17,300
Tuition fees (2024/25) £34,400

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme.

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 a number of scholarships of up to £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.

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

You will need to complete our application, making sure to address the below points in your personal statement.

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
  • if you are aware and comfortable with the fact that the programme differs from a traditional criminology programme, and instead focuses practically on how to prevent and detect crimes by treating the crime rather than the offender as the subject of analysis

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 part of all of our postgraduate courses. Whilst we do not require students to have a background in mathematics or statistics, 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: 2024-2025

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