UCL’s Department of Security and Crime Science is home to some of the UK’s premier courses in crime and security including the MSc in Crime and Forensic Science, the MSc in Crime Science, the MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism, and the MSc in Policing.

Course details: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/security-crime-science/study/postgraduate-taught

Professor Kate Bowers, head of the department, explains what makes the courses so distinct: “Our courses reflect our commitment to world leading research in security and crime prevention and detection. We embed knowledge from our work into our courses. We also have years of experience working with police forces, crime reduction agencies and security companies. For instance we ran the £1.3m What Works in Crime Reduction project with the UK College of Policing and the €3m PRIME project looking at lone actor terrorism. We run the UCL Centre for Forensic Sciences and the UCL Centre for Future Crime looking at, amongst other things, all forms of cybercrime. By using the latest knowledge we seek to train a new generation of people to draw on a range of scientific disciplines to tackle crime issues. Our courses pay equal attention to fundamental questions, such as the causes of crime, and to applied concerns, such as how do we use this knowledge to prevent crimes on the ground. That emphasis on problem-solving explains why our courses are the first of their kind to be hosted in an engineering faculty. It also explains why the courses suit equally students with no prior background in security as well as practitioners with several years of experience.”

Former student on our MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism Swee Sake Lee, Assistant Superintendent of Police in the Royal Malaysia Police says “I chose this course based on the worldwide reputation of UCL Security and Crime Science. I learnt that crime science is an innovative multidisciplinary approach in countering crime which I think will revolutionize the operations of modern policing. I have been privileged to learn from world-renowned authorities on crime science, and UCL provided a truly international learning environment where I formed good friendships with course colleagues from various parts of the world.”

By the end of the programme, graduates can set out on various career paths, such as research, crime analysis, policy-making, and of course public sector careers in law enforcement, defence and security agencies.

Students have the opportunity to specialise in one area or another by way of their dissertations, which are often work-related. For example on the MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism projects have included: “Investigating Human Trafficking in the Off-Street Sex Industry in Bristol”; “Assessing the Strategic Efficiency of Leadership Decapitation in Countering Terrorism” and “Paedophile Use of Online Forums on the Hidden Internet.” On the MSc in Crime and Forensic Science, projects have included “Persistence of DNA from bodily fluids within the context of internal child sex trafficking investigations” and “Can Forensic Transferable Markers be used to track criminal contacts via secondary transfer?”

About the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science (SCS)

The SCS (part of the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science) is the first university department in the world devoted specifically to reducing crime. It does this through teaching, research, public policy analysis and by the dissemination of evidence-based information on crime reduction. The last Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014) found that 100% of research submissions by the department were considered world-leading in terms of impact, placing the department 1st out of 62 institutions in the unit of assessment. The department is based at University College London, consistently ranked among the top ten universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings.

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