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The UCL Department of Security and Crime Science offers supervision and research training leading to MPhil/PhD degrees, on both a full-time or part-time basis.

Prospective students should consult staff members' personal webpages for more detailed information and in order to identify prospective supervisors.  Informal enquires should be directed to Dr Paul Gill (paul.gill@ucl.ac.uk).  Students are initially registered for the MPhil degree but their registration will be transferred to the PhD degree with retrospective effect, on successful completion of their initial period of study.

UCL SECReT is the new £17m national centre for PhD training in security and crime science at University College London, the first centre of its kind in Europe. The Centre offers the most comprehensive integrated PhD programme for students wishing to pursue multidisciplinary security or crime-related research degrees.

Selection

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 as is stipulated by UCL guidelines

Prospective applicants should view UCL's Regulations for the Degrees of MPhil and PhD at UCL before progressing with their application.

Applicants must also consider whether the Department of Security and Crime Science has the relevant expertise available to offer sufficient supervision in their chosen area of research.

Following consideration of applications at the department's Graduate Research Committee, students may be requested to attend an interview with prospective supervisors (either in person or by telephone).

Structure

The Department of Security and Crime Science’s MPhil/PhD degrees are programmes of research study which aim to train individuals to conduct research of high academic merit and to make original contributions to their subject. The MPhil/PhD programme culminates in the production of a thesis of up to 100,000 words for PhD (and up to 60,000 words for an MPhil). The assessment of the thesis is by oral examination (viva voce).

All students are initially registered as MPhil students, and the upgrade to PhD registration is an important step in the degree programme which usually takes place after 12 months of full time registration.

The programme of study for a PhD is normally 3 years with up to an additional one year at Completing Research Student status (CRS). For part-time students, the programme is normally 5 years with up to 2 years CRS.

All research students must be provided with a range of courses to develop the appropriate research skills and the department requires that research students attend the following courses during their period of registration: 

  • The Graduate School Skills Development Programme (course schedule to be agreed with supervisor).
  • Research Methods and Applied Quantitative Research Methods for Crime Scientists, - in the autumn/spring of the first or second year (for students who have not taken this course as part of their Masters programme).

Supervisors

Students can register for a graduate research study degree in Crime Science.
Some examples of the type of topics we encourage applications in 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

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 behavior, counter-terrorism and forensic science.

Each research student will have a principal supervisor, a member of staff whose area of expertise is closely aligned with the student’s chosen research topic. It is a requirement of the Department that each student will also have a second supervisor. The roles of the principal and second supervisor are explained in the Graduate School Code of Practice for Research Degrees which also outlines the responsibilities of both staff and students.

The following staff at the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science undertake MPhil/ PhD supervision. Prospective students should consult the research groups pages and staff member’s personal webpages for more detailed information about individual areas of interest and expertise and in order to identify prospective supervisors:

Students can also apply to carry out the research jointly supervised by the Department of Security and Crime Science and another department, if their subject area would benefit from expertise across disciplines. The Department of Security and Crime Science is keen to promote multi-disciplinary research involving other scientific disciplines.

An alternative possibility for multidisciplinary research is the new UCL Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre (SECReT). The DTC is the first doctoral programme of its kind in Europe and offers the most comprehensive integrated PhD programme for students wishing to pursue multidisciplinary security or crime-related research degrees.  For full details: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/secret/homepage/

Funding

Fees

Fees for the MPhil and PhD degrees are listed on the UCL main website

Scholarships/Funding sources

The UCL Department of Security and Crime Science can not offer funding for either student fees or maintenance grants. Applicants can self-fund their studies on either a full or a part time basis. Other sources of funding are available as follows:
UCL Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre

UCL SECReT is the new £17m national centre for PhD training in security and crime science at University College London, the first centre of its kind in Europe. The Centre offers the most comprehensive integrated 4-year PhD programme for students wishing to pursue multidisciplinary security or crime-related research degrees. Applicants are considered from a very broad range of disciplines. For more information about the scholarships offered by SECReT please visit the SECReT website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/secret


Scholarships Available from UCL

There are various postgraduate funding opportunities available from UCL centrally including:

  • Graduate Research Scholarship (GRS)
  • Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award (DHPA)
  •  UCL Overseas Research Scholarships (UCL-ORS)

The financial support provided and the terms for eligibility vary. Applicants are advised to visit the Scholarships website for more detailed information on each scheme including the deadline for applications.


Global Excellence Scholarship

UCL Global Excellence Scholarships aim to reward academic excellence among new UCL students. The value of the scholarship is £5,000 and is tenable for one year only. Global Excellence Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, achievement and potential. Financial circumstances of the candidates are not taken into account.

There is no formal application process for this scholarship as all students who apply for study (Masters or MPhil/PhD) in the Department of Security and Crime Science before 1st February are eligible and will be considered by the department for nomination to the Faculty/College selection committees.

Application

Prospective candidates are asked to check that their intended area for research study falls within the area of expertise of the Department of Security and Crime Science staff for supervision by consulting information on research areas and supervisors or contacting paul.gill@ucl.ac.uk for further guidance. We can then assess whether the department is likely to have appropriate supervision in your chosen area of research. Candidates are strongly advised to discuss their research proposal with the prospective supervisor(s) before completing the application. 

Applications should be made via the UCL PRISM application portal. You should upload an outline of your intended research project, an up-to-date copy of your CV and copies of academic transcripts for your previous degree programmes . A template document for the research outline is available here.

The recommended start date for research degrees is the end of September (the official start of the academic session). However students may also apply to begin in January or in April.

Please email paul.gill@ucl.ac.uk for further information on alternative start dates

Enquiry

Dr Paul Gill
UCL Department of Security and Crime Science
University College London
35 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EZ

Email:paul.gill@ucl.ac.uk


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