Crime and Security Science BSc
The BSc in Crime and Security Science aims to create a generation of leaders in the crime, intelligence and security sectors. Using science from different disciplines (psychology, political science, statistics, computer science, and forensic sciences) you will learn to tackle real-world crime problems and develop creative and ethical ways to increase security in a changing world.
- UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
- Application deadline
- 26 January 2022
- London, Bloomsbury
- No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects. WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is acceptable in lieu of one A Level subject.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
- A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5.
- 32 (more about contextual offers)
- A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units.
D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects.
A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher).
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAB.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.
English language requirements
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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
UCL Security & Crime Science is the first university department in the world devoted specifically to reducing crime and other risks to personal and national security.
You will learn to critically examine traditional approaches to thinking about and responding to crime, and explore new ways to address crime and security problems worldwide.
You will be taught by academic experts in security and crime reduction, with input from practitioners and policymakers to provide a focus on real-world relevance and impact.
The problem-solving and critical thinking skills you will acquire will enhance your employability in this constantly changing area.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
In the first year all your modules are compulsory, providing a good grounding in security and crime science. In years two and three, in addition to compulsory modules, you will be able to choose from a range of options, according to your specific areas of interest, including a work placement based module (subject to availability). Compulsory modules follow specific strands; for example, crime theories, where you will study the causes of, and responses to, crime through modules such as Understanding the crime event (year one) and Psychology and crime (year two).
You also learn about statistics, data collection and analysis methods, GIS and programming tools in the analytical techniques strand.
Each term, you will apply newly gained skills to examine crimes such as terrorism and cybercrime, and develop effective strategies to prevent them.
In the final year you will explore the multidisciplinary nature of crime analysis, detection and prevention further during a six-month project.
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.
- Crime and Society
- Crime Mapping
- Introduction to Security and Crime Science
- Probability, Statistics and Modelling I
- Programming for Crime Scientists
- Qualitative Methods
- Understanding the Crime Event
All first year modules are compulsory.
- Introduction to Research
- Situational Crime Prevention
- Probability, Statistics and Modelling II
- Psychology and Crime
- Systems and Problem solving
You will choose 60 credits of optional modules from a range. Please see departmental website for further details about optional module combinations. Options may include:
- Forensic Psychology
- Perspectives on Organised Crime
- Policing: Theory and Evidence
- Professional Development
- Professional Practice in the Workplace
- Project in Investigative Decision Making
- Project in Policing
- Project in Security and Crime Prevention
- Security Technologies
- Advanced Crime Analysis
- Criminal Investigation and Intelligence
- Evaluation of Crime Prevention Measures
- Security and Crime Science Research Project (dissertation)
You will choose two 15 credit optional modules from a range which may include:
- Perspectives on Organised Crime
- Simulation for Research
Options from other departments at UCL are also available but may vary from year to year.
A combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, individual and group projects will form your learning experience, which also includes problem-based learning methods, outcome-based analysis and research activities.
A wide range of assessment methods are used by this programme, including unseen examinations, coursework assignments, practical assignments, oral presentations and the dissertation.
Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Crime and Security Science BSc.
You will gain the necessary insight and skills, both intellectual and practical, to take up a wide range of crime and security-relevant positions throughout the world. The multidisciplinary approach gives you a competitive edge in the job market through your ability to work across disciplines in the service of crime reduction.
With the increasingly technologically driven and international nature of crime and security problems, law enforcement, government, and the private sector are now looking for a new generation of professionals with broad disciplinary backgrounds, strong analytical skills and practical experience to adapt their security strategies in continuously evolving environments.
UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below. Fees for the 2022/23 academic year will be advertised as soon as they are available.
- UK students
- TBC (2022/23)
- Overseas students
- TBC (2022/23)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
This programme does not have any additional costs outside of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying.
A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.
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