Scholarships for crime and security PhDs at UCL SECReT

Department of Security and Crime Science

University College London

The UCL Security Science Doctoral Training Centre (UCL SECReT), University College London's £17m international centre for PhD training in security and crime research offers a number of scholarships paying full PhD fees and/or annual stipend for PhD research in the below mentioned areas.

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Our research areas cover three broad areas as follows:

Crime and Security Analysis

How crime events occur and affect complex systems in the physical world or cyberspace. This research focuses on understanding what influence criminals’ decision making, the patterning of crime events in time and space, crime reporting, intelligence analysis and security operations, and directly informs the design of prevention policies and security measures. Students typically come from political science, crime science, psychology, geography, computer science, statistics and mathematics. During their PhD, they develop a strong theoretical knowledge in social/behavioural sciences along with advanced skills for complex systems analysis:

• Big data analysis
• Ecological modelling
• Scripting and process analysis
• Geographical analysis
• Social network analysis
• Human error analysis

Design and Technology

The design and evaluation of crime prevention and security measures eg. the emergence of new materials, sensors, and algorithms for security applications. With a focus on technological innovation and a powerful network of external partners, researchers come from physics, chemistry, electronic engineering and computer science:

• UAVs
• Radar
• Chemical sensors
• X-ray scanners
• Cyber
• Ethics and technology

Forensic Science

This research addresses all stages of the forensic science process from the crime scene, to the analysis of evidence, the interpretation of those results and their presentation to a court. The focus of research projects within the forensic sciences broadly fall in two domains, 1) developing our understanding of trace evidence dynamics, and 2) addressing the interpretation of forensic evidence and intelligence. Students come from a range of backgrounds and develop a strong understanding of a particular forensic science domain and theoretical frameworks to enable more robust inference and interpretation of the significance and weight of intelligence and evidence. Key research areas include:

• Forensic geoscience (soils, sediments, pollen, diatoms etc.)
• Fingerprints
• Trace evidence (Gun Shot Residue, explosives, fibres, paint etc.)
• Inference and Interpretation (Bayes Nets, Inductive Logic Programming)
• Cognitive Forensics (decision making, cognitive issues)

Funding information

Funding applies to:
EU applicants (including UK)

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