Entry requirements

Applicants for admission should be serving police and law enforcement officers or security professionals and have, or expect to obtain before entry, a lower second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. criminology, psychology, sociology, law, geography or hard science) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates who have at least five years' relevant professional experience are also eligible. In exceptional circumstances, students who do not fulfil these requirements may be considered.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc is aimed primarily at security professionals and serving police officers, whose role involves developing and implementing strategies to address the threat of extremism against public, corporate and critical targets. The consistent theme throughout the programme is the need for policing practices to be soundly rooted in an evidence base.

The UCL Jill Dando Institute, of which UCL Security and Crime Science is the core component, is the first research institution in the world devoted specifically to reducing crime through teaching, research, public policy analysis and by the dissemination of evidence-based information on crime reduction.

This programme\'s practical and pragmatic approach to shaping successful and forward thinking practitioners will have great appeal and offers excellent value to police organisations and governments wishing to invest in future leaders.

Seminars and a diverse international student cohort will provide excellent networking opportunities.

Full-time: 1 year; Flexible: up to 5 years;

Fees and funding

Fee UK/EU Full-time: GBP11,800; Overseas Full-time: GBP24,610;

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months
full time
12 months
part time
60 months


The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. Distance learning students will have access to enhanced Internet-based tools and resources and virtual links between staff and students. Assessment is through unseen examinations, coursework, presentations, reports and project assignments.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214