UCL (University College London)

UCL (University College London)

Security and Crime Science

This programme provides students with a thorough understanding of how science and scientifically-based techniques can deliver immediate and sustainable reductions in crime. The programme focuses on how to apply science better to understand crime problems, develop investigative strategies for preventing them and increase the probability of detecting and arresting offenders. The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, projects, laboratory classes, and practical exercises. Practical work will involve the analysis and interpretation of data sets, and the development of new ideas for solving problems.

Entry requirements

Normally, a minimum of a 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant disciplines include science subjects (such as engineering or computer science) or social science subjects (such as psychology, criminology or geography). Alternatively candidates may qualify for entry if they can offer 5 or more years of relevant professional experience (for example in the police service, or as a crime prevention worker).

Course modules

Core modules: Foundations of security and crime science. Options (3 from): Designing and doing research; quantitative methods; preventing crimes; crime mapping and spatial analysis; qualitative methods; investigation and detection; perspectives on organised crime; perspectives on terrorism; prevention and disruption.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through laboratory and project reports, unseen written examinations, coursework and presentations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time £ 3,815 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgCert Full-time £ 6,045 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgCert Distance learning - 1 years
PgCert Part-time - 2 years
PgCert Distance learning - 2 years

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Programme Administrator
Telephone number: 
020 3108 3153