UCL Department of Security and Crime Science


Secure your future

Join a thriving global community of disruptive innovators on one of our advanced security and crime science postgraduate research programmes

Academic Excellence 
With over 175 years' history of teaching and research, UCL is ranked 1st** in the UK for teaching security and crime science. UCL Security & Crime Science is a department of our Faculty of Engineering Sciences, where 97% of our assessed research was ranked "world leading" or "internationally excellent" (REF 2021). 

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Find out more about us

We offer the most comprehensive integrated PhD programme for students wishing to pursue multidisciplinary security or crime-related research degrees.

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How to apply

The recruitment process includes academics reviewing applications, interviewing candidates and formalising a decision.There are two different routes to a PhD, with a 3 years and a 4 years option. 

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Areas of study 

We support a wide array of doctoral research, grouped under four themes: design and technology, crime and security analysis, forensic science, and future crime.

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PhD Scholarships 

If you are applying for a PhD with us, you will need to think about how to fund your studies. Most applicants apply for a scholarship, either from UCL or another funding body.

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** Guardian University Guide 2024