UCL Department of Security and Crime Science


Postgraduate research

Our postgraduate research programmes are conducted by UCL SECReT - the UCL Security Science Doctoral Training Centre - the international centre for PhD training in security and crime science.

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About us

UCL SECReT was founded in 2009 with £17m of funding and support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK) and an array of public and private sector organisations working in crime reduction security and law enforcement. Since then UCL SECReT has become one of the premier centres for doctoral research training in these fields. Numerous students from around the world have passed through the programme, going on to work in prestigious careers in crime reduction, security and academia with organisations such as the UK Home Office, DSTL (the UK Defence Science and Technology Lab), Rapiscan, Darktrace, the UK National Crime Agency and a range of top universities. The programme embodies not only world class doctoral research, supervised by leading academics, but also focuses on developing important transferable skills such as networking and presenting.

If you missed our ONLINE PhD Open Evening you can view it by clicking here. You will hear from the programme leads and current students. We will explain the aim and content of the programme and also discuss the scholarships we currently have available.

Download our SECReT leaflet (pdf) for more information about our integrated PhD programme: 


What we offer

  • We offer the most comprehensive integrated PhD programme for students wishing to pursue multidisciplinary security or crime-related research degrees.
  • We recruit our doctoral students from a range of scientific backgrounds to pursue research in crime or security domains across the engineering and social sciences.
  • Students can enter through various funding routes (self-funded, industry sponsors, scholarships).
  • We have a thriving student society, which all our postgraduate research students automatically become members of when they enrol. The SECReT Society organises a mentoring scheme for new students, research seminars, and social events throughout the academic calendar. Follow the SECReT Society Instagram and Twitter accounts to find out more.
  • Our UCL SECReT graduates have gone on to a wide variety of interesting careers in the civil service, NGOs, think tanks, private sector organisations and academia. You can read some of their testimonials on our alumni webpage.

Interested in applying?

You can find out more about potential research topics and supervisors on our Areas of study page. Before applying, it is very important that you have researched and contacted a potential supervisor, and the information on this page will help you to do this.

Once you feel that you are ready to apply, you can find out everything you need to know on our Applying for a PhD and PhD scholarships pages. Please make sure that you have familiarised yourself with the information on all of these pages before applying or emailing us. We cannot accept speculative CVs by email and we will direct you to these pages if you contact us in this way.