Research course

Security and Crime Science

Institution
UCL - University College London · Security and Crime Science
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

A UK Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The department of security and crime sciences is orgainised into five centers of excellence: Geographical Analysis The Designing Out Crime Group The Crime Policy and Evaluation Group Terrorism and Organised Crime Forensic Science Staff and students work within and across these groups and across UCL and the wider research community, including active international collaborations.

The department of security and crime science is the first 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. Our mission is to change crime policy and practice. Security and Crime Science is a multi-disciplinary subject, drawing on expertise in psychology, social science, statistics, mathematics, architecture, forensic sciences, design, geography and computing. This is reflected in our PhD students, who come from a variety of backgrounds, making the department an interesting and stimulating environment in which to study.

Department specialisms

The department of security and crime sciences is orgainised into five centers of excellence: Geographical Analysis The Designing Out Crime Group The Crime Policy and Evaluation Group Terrorism and Organised Crime Forensic Science Staff and students work within and across these groups and across UCL and the wider research community, including active international collaborations.,The department has five main research groups: Counter-terrorism: situational prevention of terrorism; technology for counter-terrorism; transferable training between crime and terrorism Crime mapping: innovation in crime mapping methods; prospective crime mapping Crime policy analysis and evaluation: evaluation of crime prevention schemes; knowledge transfer Designing out crime: role of design in crime prevention; environmental design; crime risk and administrative procedure design Forensic sciences: blood pattern analysis; gun shot residue analysis; investigation of explosions. SCS hosts the £17million UCL Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre (UCL SECReT), an international centre for PhD training in security and crime science. We offer a comprehensive integrated PhD programme for students wishing to pursue multi-disciplinary security or crime-related research degrees. In all cases we expect their research to be interdisciplinary and to involve some 'hard science' element. Our research is underpinned by a methodology that joins science and engineering expertise (S&T) with expertise from wider disciplines including the social sciences. We see four research 'domains' which can interact. These are: Science and technology innovation: to create the next generation of security technologies People factors: understanding and incorporating human factors (via behavioural science, decision-making techniques, etc.) into the development of security solutions Process factors: enhancing security processes by increasing our understanding of the operational processes of activities, organisations or infrastructures under threat Policy: contributing to the development of government policy through research findings.

Information for international students

Please see: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international-students

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Funding opportunities available for students is provided by the UCL Graduate School.
See: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
60 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Department Administrator
Email
scs@ucl.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 3108 3046