Security Science MRes , MPhil, PhD

Security and Crime Science (SCS) uses evidence-based techniques to prevent and control crime and security problems, and to detect offenders. SCS is devoted to reducing crime and terrorism through teaching, research and public policy analysis. The department has strong links with security practitioners and policymakers as well as researchers and institutions worldwide. It is multidisciplined in its approach and draws on both the social and physical sciences. We focus strongly on providing interactive classrooms where a mix of practitioners and new students keen to work in these fields can learn from each other. This PhD programme at UCL SECReT - the Security Science Doctoral Training Centre - benefits from the reputation of UCL Security & Crime Science, widely recognised for its research impact on real-world crime problems. Consequently we have long-established links with the police forces, policymakers, academic research centres of excellence and security organisations worldwide.

Course syllabus:

  1. Designing and doing research

  2. Foundations of security and crime science

  3. Horizon scanning and the changing nature of crime

  4. Research project of up to 15,000 words

  5. Applied cryptography

  6. Cybercrime

  7. Information Security Management

  8. People and Security

  9. Research in Information Security